Ladies and gents its finally here, the all-new Land Rover Defender 2021. With the comeback of the Defender and the Bronco this year, the off-road community will finally have an option other than the Jeep Wrangler for their off-road needs. Land Rover has done an amazing job bringing back the classic look with an update on modern technology. Additionally, improving the fuel economy from a trip to the grocery store to a road trip on one tank, saving you the thought of mapping out gas stations.
Similar to the original Land Rover Defender, the new 2021 Defender sports a boxy look comparable to the Bronco and the Wrangler. There will be two model types of Defender for 2021; the 2-door version Defender 90 and the 4-door version Defender 110. The Defender will be a much shorter body, looking stubby at some angles but still sharp and sleek. The Defender 110 will have a similar design, but have a longer wheel base. Therefore, in my opinion, allowing for better flow with the front-end design.
The Land Rover Defender will come standard with 4 WD. The base model will be equipped with a 2.0 4-cylinder 296 HP engine with 295lbs feet of torque. The base model engine seems to lack a little bit of muscle as the vehicle weighs 2.5 tons. There is also a 3.0 V6 option which will 395 HP and 406lbs of torque. I would strongly suggest upgrading the engine to the V6 if you plan on towing a boat or tailer behind the Defender. For the fuel saver, the V6 engine will have a range of 19 MPG. The 4-cylinder stats haven’t been released yet, but I think it’s safe to safe to that it will be around 25 MPG.
Land Rover did not hold back on the interior and the new tech. The 2021 Land Rover Defender will have all the latest technology with a touch screen display and wireless connectivity to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, finally no more cables all over the place just to get your Google Maps going. With the new tech, a new version of off-road smart handling will be available to help through tricky situations weather in the snow or sand. You have an option for leather or fabric seats, but I feel that most car enthusiasts that appreciate the original Defender would go with the fabric seats.
Overall, the 2021 Defender gets an 8 out of 10 in my book. I think that Land Rover has done an amazing job resurrecting the vehicle from the dead, introducing modern technology without separating the vehicle from its roots. I do believe in every vehicle there is room for improvement such as a possible special edition model for those off-road fanatics or full customization option allowing you to make your Defender unique to you.