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2010 Jeep Wrangler Islander – Click above for high-res image gallery

Jeep is poised to release a trio of special edition vehicles next week at the Detroit Auto Show; two based on the iconic Wrangler platform and a third based on the Liberty. As much as we'd love to tell you about some amazing new powertrain option, that's not happening – at least not yet. Instead, these three models are really just interesting themes on the same basic and well-known packages.

We'll start with the Liberty Renegade, which will be positioned in between the Sport and Limited models. Included in the kit are painted Mineral Gray Keystone 16-inch wheels capped with all-terrain P235/70R16 tires along with dark neutral metallic wheel flares, side sills and fascia. The graphics package continues with Argent Silver on the lower fascia and roof rack plus Satin Black vinyl hood decals. Finally, the interior features new driftwood accent bezels.

On the Wrangler front, the first highlight is the $1,120 Islander package, which returns after a 20-plus-year absence. Unique touches include an optional Surf Blue Pearl Coat, an Islander "Tiki Bob" decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates, black side steps and 17-inch Moab wheels shod with 32-inch tires. Tiki Bob makes an appearance inside too, embroidered on the seat backs.

Finally, the $1,820 Wrangler Mountain package is based on the S model and comes with a unique "Mountain" decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates (different from the Islander's coordinates, naturally) along with painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch Moab wheels, grille and bumper appliqués. Other bits include tubular side steps, black tail lamp guards and a fuel-filler door from Mopar. Interior improvements are made up of an embossed seat insert with embroidered "Mountain logo" plus anodized graphite heating, ventilation and air conditioning rings.

Want to know more? Check out our high-res image galleries of all three models below and then hit the jump for the official press release.

[Source: Jeep]
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Jeep® Brand Broadens Vehicle Lineup with Three New Models

New Jeep vehicles to debut at 2010 North American International Auto Show
  • Liberty Renegade boasts classic Jeep® design, a premium, rugged appearance and numerous standard features that deliver renowned Jeep capability
  • Liberty Renegade positioned between Sport and Limited models; available in Jeep showrooms first quarter 2010
  • Jeep Wrangler Islander theme returns after 20-year hiatus, delivering unique fun-and-freedom package; available in Jeep showrooms first quarter 2010
  • Available second quarter 2010, Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition boasts rugged outdoor theme, with 32-inch tires and unique wheel, grille and bumper appliqués
  • Limited-edition Islander and Mountain packages available on two-door Jeep Wrangler and four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 models
Auburn Hills, Mich., Jan 7, 2010 - The Jeep® brand is broadening its vehicle lineup with the introduction of three new rugged, versatile and innovative vehicles that deliver classic Jeep design and capability.

The new 2010 Jeep Liberty Renegade boasts a new premium, rugged appearance with standard class-leading capability features, while the Jeep Wrangler lineup is expanded with unique limited-edition models – Jeep Wrangler Islander and Jeep Wrangler Mountain – that deliver high-impact visual appeal with outdoor fun-and-freedom themes.

"While clearly appealing to our core customers, these three new Jeep models will attract new customers to the Jeep dealer showroom," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "The new Liberty Renegade delivers renowned Jeep capability and an array of standard features in a stunning new rugged, premium design, while both Wrangler models expand the iconic anchor of the Jeep brand with unique, limited-edition versions that consumers have told us they want."

The new Jeep Liberty Renegade and Jeep Wrangler Islander edition will be available in Jeep showrooms in the first quarter of 2010. The Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition will follow in the second quarter.

Jeep Liberty Renegade

The "Renegade" name returns to the Jeep® lineup for 2010. First used in 1964 on the inside door opening of the Jeep Wagoneer, the Renegade has always represented the rebellious heart and soul of the Jeep brand.

Positioned between Liberty's Sport and Limited models, the new Jeep Liberty Renegade expands the Jeep Liberty lineup, delivering renowned capability – highlighted by Jeep's Selec-Trac® II full-time, shift-on-the-fly, active four-wheel-drive system – in a unique, premium and rugged new design.

Jeep Liberty Renegade is offered in a new, Renegade-exclusive Salsa Red Pearl Coat exterior, as well as Natural Green Pearl Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

Standard Liberty Renegade exterior features include painted Mineral Gray Keystone 16-inch wheels that wear new, rugged all-terrain P235/70R16 outline white letter (OWL); dark neutral metallic wheel flares, lower side sills, front and rear fascia, body side moldings and rear license plate bar; black headlamp bezel; Argent Silver accent on the lower fascia appliqué and roof rack; Satin Black vinyl hood graphics; deep-tint glass; fog lamps; skid plates and tow hooks.

Inside, standard appointments include new premium cloth seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, instrument panel grab handle and park-brake boot; new driftwood accent bezels; leather-wrapped center console and soft-door armrests; premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC); cruise control; security alarm; rear cargo cover and steering-wheel-mounted radio controls.

Jeep Liberty Renegade's standard Selec-Trac II active four-wheel-drive system offers customers the benefit of a fully electronic two-speed active transfer case and Brake-traction Control System (BTCS). It instantly anticipates wheel slip and redirects torque accordingly, which is ideal for off-roading or when driving in inclement weather.

This premium system offers a "4WD Auto" mode that is ideal for full-time driving. When in 4WD Auto mode, the system uses vehicle sensors to adjust and redirect torque between front and rear axles based on real-time driving conditions, providing the vehicle with responsive tractive performance.

For added capability when traversing steep grades, rough terrain or extremely poor traction surfaces, the transfer case includes a "4WD Low" mode. This second-speed gear multiplies engine torque 2.72 times and locks the clutch pack for maximum traction.

Electric shifting between 2WD, 4WD Auto and 4WD Low is accomplished with a console-mounted switch. A push-pin button is used to shift to Neutral mode.

A 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard on all Jeep Liberty models, including the new Renegade. The 3.7-liter engine produces 210 horsepower (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

All Jeep Liberty models offer customers an "only-in-a-Jeep" open-air experience, courtesy of Jeep's industry-exclusive Sky Slider™ full-length open-canvas roof.

Jeep Wrangler Islander

After more than 20 years, the unique Islander theme returns to Jeep.

The limited-edition Jeep Wrangler Islander is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 models. Based on the Wrangler Sport model, the Islander's unique beach theme conveys open-air fun at first and every glance.

Jeep Wrangler Islander is featured in unique Surf Blue Pearl Coat, and is also available in Stone White Clear Coat, Bright Sliver Metallic Clear Coat and Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat.

Other exterior features include an Islander "Tiki Bob" decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the "Islander" theme of the vehicle, blackside steps and popular Moab 17-inch wheels shod with 32-inch tires.

Inside, Islander's seats are Dark Gray with Surf Blue inserts, blue stitching and an embroidered Islander "Tiki Bob" logo adorning the seat back. Blue stitching also has been added to the leather-wrapped steering wheel, with Mopar® rubber floor mats completing the beach theme.

The Jeep Wrangler Islander option package is available at a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,120.

Jeep Wrangler Mountain

Further expanding the iconic Wrangler brand's reach, Jeep delivers another high-impact, limited-edition model with the Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition is based on the Wrangler Sport S package, and is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 models.

Exterior features include a unique "Mountain" decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the "Mountain" theme of the vehicle; painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch Moab wheels, grille and bumper appliqués; tubular side steps; 32-inch tires; black tail lamp guards; and a fuel-filler door from Mopar.

Available exterior colors include Rescue Green Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat.

Interior features include an embossed seat insert with embroidered "Mountain logo," and anodized graphite heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) rings.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain option package will be available at a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $1,820

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oooo - blacked out headlamp bezels. An easy change at the lighting plant - more black pellets please!! I guess these packages are OK, may increase sales a tic or two. Jeeps should have turbo diesels though, their mileage is lackluster. It's tolerable if you don't drive much, but why get a new car then? Every time I see a Wrangler I think - minivan engine.
      • 5 Years Ago

      The price of decals and argent silver paint must be going up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Despite all of the bad things I've heard about them, I still want a Wrangler.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's how most people feel lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        After riding in a new one, it just makes me want my V8 CJ-7 back...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I seem to recall Fiat mention something about special editions and interior refreshes to get them through the next two years.

      They don't look bad, but how about throwing us a diesel bone here Fiat?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No need to be a dbag.

        We've all seen diesel promises evaporate before. MB B-series with diesel, Rabbit diesel (waited so long it's now a Golf diesel), etc. Seemingly every manufacturer 'said' a diesel was coming this or last year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you not read my comment above? Obviously not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've said it 1000 times before:

      I'll buy a Wrangler Rubicon as soon as it's available here in California with a diesel.

      I don't care about the cylinder count or displacement. I'll take anything that's offered as an alternative to that crappy minivan motor. A much better gasoline choice would have been the 4.0-liter from the Dodge Nitro or the 5.7 Hemi from the Dodge truck line, but that 2.8 VM Motori turbodiesel would be the ultimate engine for a Wrangler.

      But if I can't get the turbodiesel with a manual transmission, 4.0:1 transfer case, and the Rubicon difflocks, then you can count me out. It's all or nothing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Liberty is looking more and more like my old Cherokee everyday...I would wonder why they even bothered to change the name, except that it's nowhere near as capable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 2009 Wrangler Rubicon and can attest they are very good off road if they are properly equipped!! Most Jeeps are made Cheap without the right locking differentials or off road tires for cheepness and make me sick to my stomach...they therefore get stuck in the mud easier. The Rubicon Model is not for Posers it is the real jeep with front, rear and center locking differentials, an electronic anti sway bar disconnect to provide better wheel articulation not offered on other models, it also has lower 4:10 gear ratio's, a Dana 44 front axel not offered on others that is stronger and real 32" off road tires. All you need is a 3.5 inch lift kit to add to the mix and you can add 35" tires and make it even better off road with a few skid plates and you will have total domination. YOU GET WHAT YOU POSERS PAY FOR Don't diss Jeep if you don't know what you don't know yum yum!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I joined just so I could reply to you. The Rubicon has no locking center differential, it has a transfer case. The front and rears are locking however.

        As for jeeps being *cheap*, no they aren't. They are all still very capable in stock 4x4 trim, but lack what are seen by the community as common upgrades. A Rubi is just the best piecing of parts from the Chrysler parts bin. Take a stock 4x Wrangler, throw on some swaybar disconnects, and you're set.

        Having had a TJ Rubi, and 2 XJs, I was more impressed by the community.

        Even in Oregon though, most Jeeps are "mall rated".

        • 5 Years Ago
        They all still have the capable Dana front end (something not every 4X can attest to), Lockers are cheap, and tires are a website away.

        Yes, the Rubi is great, but it's not the be all end all. I've seen CJs roll right by that were way more capable, and done for a fraction of the cost. Price =/= capability.

        • 5 Years Ago
        The transfer case has a 50/50 torque split though and I looked it up....The Cheap Jeeps don't have as strong of a front Axel and they still don't have lockers or great tires...open differentials are the devil!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they should spend my money on GAS MILEAGE
        • 5 Years Ago
        First of all, they don't have "your" money. They recieved a
        loan... Just like any other business can get a loan. Deal with it.

        Second... Chrysler released a powertrain presser last night, conveniently ignore by autoblog, that covers gas mileage and transmissions.

        It can't happen overnight... But expect the Fiat DSG in the D segment cars half way through the twenty ten model year, multiair is being added to the extisting 2.0/2.4 for the 2010 MY, diesels are coming for the 2011 MY, and the Pentastar will also get multiair. All of this is a huge leap forward in mileage...

        Stop making assumptions and start paying a little more attention before spouting off about what you don't know. Chrysler has some tricks up it's sleave and they will show em next week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There was a Wrangler EV concept a few months back. I guess that is DOA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are we excited yet......
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its nice to see something different once in a while. The Sahara is good but I like these two as well. Nice concepts that people can identify with for their outdoor activities.

        Louis J @ http://www.providagroup.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      they look a little bloated. i love the traditional boxy look but it looks like safety regs will have this thing looking like it was made by playschool in the next few iterations. :-( I'd love to have a wrangler for the winter months around here in new england but everything i've heard as that they completely suck as off roaders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        im going based on what i've seen. I guess maybe it was more of the drivers lack of skill i saw vs the actual capability of the vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually there is allot of love in Jeep community for the new JK (Wrangler), and they are known for being incredible capable off road, even more so than a H2.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...where did you hear that the wrangler was a bad off roader?....the only other off roader I THINK that can rival the wrangler's capability is the landrover defender...but i never seen a head-to-head comparo with either...

        ....but yeah i think you need to do some research on jeep (wrangler) because i think youve been misinformed...
        • 5 Years Ago
        well i knew they were good compared to the hummers lol i've seen hummers totally crack up after going over (relatively) tiny rocks. but i've also seen wranglers (in person) get totally stuck on road islands (those little grassy areas) because they were too muddy even only being a few feet wide.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I checked out the coordinates they give for ha ha's. The Islander coordinates put you somewhere off the coast of Hawaii... in the water.

      Mountain coordinates place you nicely in the mountains of Chile, unfortunately about 300 vertical feet from the summit of a mountain. I guess it couldn't quite make it.
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