Land Rover will roll out a few key updates in Defender 2021, even though the reborn off-roader has only been on sale for less than a year. However, off-road enthusiasts will appreciate that the United States will finally have access to the short-wheelbase Defender 90, bringing improved handling and better tipping angle.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 was originally slated to launch alongside the longer 110, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced its delay. The Defender First Edition appears to be offered in 2021 – Land Rover’s build-it-yourself tool listed it as the only version available for the 2020 Defender 90, although deliveries have yet to start for this machine, and we are already in September. As such, we believe Land Rover will postpone the first edition until 2021 for the Defender 90 and 110.
Joining the lineup will also be a Defender X-Dynamic trim level. Bridging the gap between the base Defender and the fully loaded Defender X, the X-Dynamic receives gloss black wheel arches and rocker panels, as well as “Silicon Satin” skid plates. Inside, it receives Robustec synthetic seat accents, reducing seat wear. And like the base model, the new version will also include optional S, SE, and HSE option packages that boost trim levels appropriately.
The Defender 90 benefits from a 32 degree tilt angle, 3 steps steeper than its big brother. Measuring 17.2 inches shorter, the Defender 90’s more nimble proportions mean it will be better for serious off-roaders than the longer, more family-friendly Defender 110. Nonetheless, the Defender 90 will be offered with the choice of Buyer of five or six seats, the latter is made possible by a new front bench whose central position transforms into a spacious folding console when not in use.
That means the 90 could be good for adventurous small families whose rear occupants don’t mind climbing in front of the front seats. The Defender 110 will persist in offering both an optional front bench and two rear seats – but not together – meaning it can be ordered with five, six or seven seats. This will make it the natural choice for people who need to haul people and cargo, and don’t mind settling for a consistently impressive 29-degree tilt angle.
Dealers are now taking orders for the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 and 110. The base 90 is $ 3,800 cheaper than the current 2020 Defender 110, starting at $ 46,100.