Like the forthcoming 2021 Ford Bronco, the Land Rover Defender is a recently revived, legendary off-road model. But even though the Defender was all-new for the 2020 model year, Land Rover is already introducing a few updates for 2021, including the addition of a shorter-wheelbase 90 model and Defender X-Dynamic trim level, which aim to keep the 2021 Land Rover Defender fresh as it prepares to do battle with the Ford Bronco in the growing off-road SUV market.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 was originally supposed to debut alongside the Defender 110, but was ultimately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Off-road fans will certainly appreciate the short wheelbase two-door model, which features a breakover angle of 31 degrees compared to 28 degrees for the 110.
The Defender 90 is also 17.2 inches shorter than the 110, yet offers a choice of five or six seats. The 110 gives buyers the option of five, six, or 5+2 seating. Defender 90 buyers will give up some cargo space, with a maximum capacity of 58.3 cubic-feet versus as much as 78.8 cubic-feet for the 110. The 90 will obviously cost less than the 110, with a base price of $46,100 that’s $3,800 less than the entry cost of the 110.
The other big news for the 2021 Land Rover Defender is the addition of the Defender X-Dynamic, which bridges the gap between the Defender and Defender X with unique exterior and interior fittings to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. The Defender X-Dynamic can also be configured with S, SE and HSE Specification Packs.
The Defender X-Dynamic comes adorned with gloss painted Narvik Black exterior door and wheel arch cladding with Silicon Satin skid pans. On the inside, the X-Dynamic features durable Robustec material on the seat ribbons and Console Finisher. Robustec is a protective and hard-wearing material inspired by textiles used in extreme outdoor activities, and is used inside the Defender on areas that are subject to heightened wear.