• Jan 12, 2010
2010 Jeep Wrangler Islander – Click above for high-res image gallery

Few cars are as iconic as the Jeep Wrangler, a vehicle that can trace its heritage directly back to General Patton storming the Third Army up to Messina. Maybe a Porsche 911, maybe. Mini? Not really. Harley-Davidson is probably the closest, but they only have two wheels and aren't cars. The reason we're harping on this heritage angle is that after a twenty-year absence, Jeep's bringing back the Islander. Having grown up in Southern California and spent many a summer bumming around the beach, the Islander brings back many happy memories.

Obviously, the Jeep Wrangler Islander is beach themed. Also, water is wet. That said, you get a tropical "Tiki Bob" decal planted next to the coordinates 21° North and 157° West. That's Honolulu for you non-gazatteer types. Similar to most old YJ-based Islanders, this version is painted ocean-blue – Surf Blue Pearl Coat if you want to get specific. You can also get the Islander in white, silver or black, but why? You also get some interior touches, like seats with Surf Blue inserts and another Tiki Bob, this time embroidered into the back seat. All that beach themed fun can be yours for just $1,120 over sticker.

Jeep also showed us the Wrangler Mountain. Long story made real short, the Mountain is the Islander with different stickers, a painted grille and no heritage/nostalgic childhood memories. There's also an odd, flat-black hunk of plastic covering most of the hood that we're scratching our heads over. And... any questions? The cost of entry is $1,820. Oh, and the degrees on the Mountain's decal are 27° South, 88 66° West. We'll let you figure out where in the world that is. Have fun!



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      4x4pakistan.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition is among those unique customized Jeep Vehicles that are tough, versatile and durable. It features best off-road capabilities and it delivers a true open-air off-road driving experience. It hails from an entirely different altitude as compare to Jeep Wrangler Islander. Its 17-inch wheels and 32-inch tires are suitable for all-terrains. Jeep Wrangler Mountain’s exclusive high-gloss front grille and bumper appliqué; moulded side steps; unique ‘Mountain logo’ hood emblem and matte black printed hood decal and Mopar black taillamp guards and fuel filler door give it high-impact appearance. www.4x4pakistan.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      geoff,

      Diesel will be here in late 2010. Save your pennies.
        • 5 Years Ago
        EDIT: Assuming, of course, that Chrysler is still here by then...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've got a 2007 with 6 speed manual and 89,000 miles on the clock, no problems. My only gripe is that the 3.8 V6 is a dog and makes the thing about as much fun to row throught the gears as a UPS truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then you really should get a MINI Cooper. They're the complete opposite of what you're describing. Awesome manual tranny and tons o' fun, and the fun lasts. I'm on year 5 with mine. No issues either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope... Nevermind... David's stupidity has spread like wildfire at this point... Comparing an offroad minded vehicle with a vehicle aimed mainly at the homosexual or female teenager.

        Tell me, David, where can your MINI take you?
        • 5 Years Ago
        David.
        MINI's get poor gas mileage considering the size of the car.
        You die if the collision is >10 mph.
        You're posting about a street car in 4x4 Vehicle of the Decade thread.
        4-cylinder manuals suck to drive unless it has a turbo and then that's only when driving fast
        Like a poster said, girls and homo's drive MINI's.
        David your post almost deserves to be put in the FAIL Blog or such.
        Chrysler's Pentastar engines with direct injection and Fiat's Multi-Air will simply be unmatched. The new Ford engine, close.
        Someone's comment about Chrysler showing new colors at the show when others are showing new engines: that's a timing issue, if the Pentastar was ready they could show it. Bankruptcy didn't help that situation. Though it's worth mentioning the Hemi was revamped in 2009, it now having 380 HP ~ 390 HP depending on the source and vehicle with better fuel mileage than the previous generation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      27 S, 88 W is the middle of the ocean.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Both locations are in the middle of the ocean. They're several hundred miles off from the locations Jeep intended to represent, because they chose to simplify the coordinates to look good on a sticker rather than be pedantic.

        That said, if a Jeep can "go anywhere" it should damn well be able to off-road on the Marianas Trench. Cousteau said the terrain is tough for wheeling this time of year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's good to see some form of a truck still having a manual transmission. To be honest if I had any form of a truck that I would take into the boonies and go trail riding, etc. I would prefer it to be a manual.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a guy with an 04 Wrangler that just ticked over 100k miles, I approve. Horrible ride? Yup. Bad fuel economy? Check. Reliable? I've replaced the air conditioner compressor, and I just did the timing belt, that's it. Brakes, oil, wipers, and it keeps running. I once got it stuck in mud so deep a bulldozer had to get me out. I've never had to worry about the yearly street flooding in Houston, in fact, I look forward to it. Once had a guy and his daughter climb out the sunroof of their flooded Camry and into my Jeep.

      Not to play the old cliche, but "it's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand."
      • 5 Years Ago
      "There's also an odd, flat-black hunk of plastic covering most of the hood that we're scratching our heads over."

      It serves the same purpose eye black does in baseball and football—it reduces glare and improves visibility. Normally you've got to do it yourself with a rattle can.
      • 5 Years Ago
      snoozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzze, nice to see our tax payer $$ going to new paint jobs....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh God... I thought David's stupidity was only limited to the first comment... I can see it has spread. I certainly hope it doesn't spread any further.
        • 5 Years Ago
        YOU GOT IT! That's all there is to see here. It's always the same thing, year in year out, and it's horrible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, unless the government is buying these, the only people paying for that paint is whoever buys one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do rather like the Mountain edition - perhaps the black on the hood is so you can strap on an extra spare tire or some jerry cans of fuel to take off into the boonies? That probably won't get used that often. Still, overall a nice look.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I meant to add to strap that stuff on without scratching the paint. Or, it could just be for looks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      27S,88W puts you in the Pacific Ocean, over 1000 miles off the coast of Chile. I rather suspect the Mountain decal gives the coordinates of 27S, 68W. That would put you in the mountains of Argentina.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the coordinates are probably to Ojos del Salado. a mountain in chile. a wrangler climbed to the highest altitude ever for a production vehicle.

      Windshield still folds down, its just a pain now. you have to unbolt a lot of things, look it up on youtube
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