After more than 70 years, the iconic off-road is finally about to get a new shape. Despite we have seen several versions through all those decades of production, the Defender’s styling was somehow always the same. The new 2021 Land Rover Defender will come with a completely different, modern styling, while the platform is about to be changed after more than three decades.
The new model is in the testing phase and will hit the market in the next year, just a couple of years after the previous version was discontinued due to emission issues.
- Comeback of the iconic nameplate
- World-class off-road capabilities
- New styling
- High price tag
- Traditionally low predicted reliability ratings
When it comes to the exterior design, the 2021 Land Rover Defender will be drastically different from what we used on. After more than seven decades, we are about to see completely styling. The base shape may look familiar, but we are about to see a completely new aesthetical approach, characterized by a lot of sharp lines and futuristic details.
Also, the new model will be built over a new MLA platform, which will once again provide spectacular off-road performances. Both front and read suspension will be independent, while we count on multiple locking differentials, low-range transfer cases, and all other tech goodies, so the legendary G Wagen will get its rival back.
The interior of the 2021 Land Rover Defender is still a mystery. At this point, we may only presume it will bring a mix of style and utility. Also, we know for sure that at least versions will come, with either three or five doors. Some reports even suggest a long-wheelbase version, with seating capacity for eight people. Naturally, we count on all kinds of latest tech features and advanced safety systems.
When it comes to the powertrain, we expect a wide range of engines in the offer. Both diesel and gasoline versions are about to come, both four- and six-cylinder units.
Also, there’s no doubt that a plug-hybrid version will be in the offer as well. Of course, that should be the company’s new P400e system, which combines a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with electric motors, for a total output of 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
2021 Land Rover Defender Release Date and Price
The 2021 Land Rover Defender is expected to hit the market sometime in the next year, probably in the second half. When it comes to the price, we expect that base models will go $55-60,000.