After a couple of years of break, the iconic off-roader came back, completely new, with significant changes in all aspects. We all know pretty well all the design characteristics of the original Defender, which was in production for decades. On the other side, the new model is still very fresh. So, it’s no wonder that no one expects to see more important changes on the 2021 Land Rover Defender. The second production year will bring a couple of novelties in terms of standard equipment, but the overall layout is certainly about to remain the same.
This means you may count on a super-capable off-roader, which comes with lots of advanced off-road systems, but also acts pretty amazingly on the road and offers composed ride and handling. Furthermore, the list of standard equipment is pretty long, while the long-wheelbase model also offers a decent cargo area. The 2021 Land Rover Defender should hit the market sometime late in the year.
2021 Land Rover Defender Design
As the current generation is still very fresh, especially by Defender’s standards, there is no doubt that the second production you will bring no bigger changes. The overall layout will remain the same and one of the most interesting things about the new Defender is the platform. Unlike the original, which rides on a traditional BoF platform, the new one rides on a unibody platform. Still, off-road performances are as impressive.
Just like the original, the new model also arrived in two versions. Of course, the next-year model will continue in the same way. So, besides the standard 2021 Land Rover Defender 110, you may count on a short-wheelbase version, which seems like a perfect choice for those who prefer off-road performances over interior practicality. Some sources also suggest that we could see an extended, three-row version in the next year. Seems logical, though the officials are still quiet on this matter.
While we are still waiting for the details about the 2021 Land Rover Defender 130, we have no doubt that the cabin design will remain the same in the current versions. This means that you may count on a well-designed interior, which offers a lot of luxury but doesn’t sacrifice practicality at all. The quality of materials is impressive but the dashboard comes with loads of details that accentuate the model’s rugged natures, starting from all those exposed screws.
When it comes to the 2021 Land Rover Defender interior space, the next-year model will also come in two variants. The 110 model will come with a quite generous amount of passenger space, while the cargo area is pretty big as well. On the other side, the 90 model isn’t that spacious and doesn’t offer too much cargo space.
This aspect shouldn’t bring more significant changes for the next year. We are about to see a familiar list of standard equipment. So, base models should come standard with goodies like a 10-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging etc. In higher trim levels, you may also count on things like Wi-Fi hot spot, tri-zone automatic climate control, an air quality sensor and cabin air purification, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10- or 14-speaker Meridian stereo, a panoramic roof, satellite radio and many more.
When it comes to safety, all models include things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a surround-view parking camera system, driver attention monitoring, traffic sign recognition, automatic speed limit recognition etc. Additionally, you can get things like automatic high-beam headlights, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display.
2021 Land Rover Defender Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, things won’t change much for the next year. The 2021 Land Rover Defender will carry on with two familiar engines in the offer. Base models will come equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 296 horsepower. That seems more than enough to satisfy most drivers, but a more capable version is available too. Of course, we are talking about a new 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder unit, which features a max output of 395 horses. This engine also comes with a mild 48-volt hybrid system, which provides more torque and also has a positive impact on fuel economy.
Both engines come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
2021 Land Rover Defender Release Date and Price
We expect that the launch date will be scheduled for the end of 2020. When it comes to the 2021 Land Rover Defender price, base models will go around 47.500 dollars. Some of the key competitors will be higher trim levels of models like Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.