This year was vastly important for the iconic nameplate, as we finally saw a comeback, after four years of waiting. The new generation is here and it comes with significant changes compared to the original, which has been around since 1983. The all-new model debuted this year, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing novelties in the future as well. Moreover, it looks like the 2021 Land Rover Defender is about to come with big novelties. It looks like we are about to see new body styles in the offer, as well as some pretty affordable versions of the SUV.
Still, keep in mind that the base design will remain the same, despite the novelties. This is a very fresh model, which has brought a lot of significant novelties and it is expected to remain in the current form for the year. Therefore, the 2021 Land Rover Defender should hit the market in a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter of 2020.
2021 Land Rover Defender Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 Land Rover Defender will come with novelties, but the overall design will remain the same. Therefore, count on the same base design, which has been introduced last September, when this model had a premiere. The thing with the new Defender is that this is actually a completely new vehicle. In the past, the company has been updating this SUV occasionally, but that was essentially the same model that debuted way back in 1983. This time, we are talking about a complete overhaul.
Therefore, the first thing that comes to mind is a new platform. Interestingly, the new model now rides on a unibody, all-aluminum platform, unlike the original BoF model. As you may presume, this has a significant impact on comfort and overall ride quality. The driving experience is far superior, but that doesn’t mean that the new model is less capable than the original. It offers impressive off-road performances, while max towing capacity is also impressive and goes all-away up to 7.700 pounds.
Speaking of the off-road performance, the new model comes packed with all kinds of off-road aids, including things like permanent all-wheel drive, locking differentials, and a two-speed transfer case. Suspension on this SUV is a story for itself. Bigger versions come standard with air suspension, while the smaller 90 models are equipped with coil springs, while air components are options.
This is where we might see novelties for the next year. At this point, the Defender comes in two familiar variants. Of course, there is a smaller model, traditionally called 90, which comes with a quite short wheelbase, which measures less than 102 inches. Such a small size makes it a perfect choice for off-roading, but the bigger 110 model is as impressive.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender will also continue in the same way. This is a five-door of the SUV and features a quite long 119-inch wheelbase. This version is a great choice for those who look not just for excellent off-road performances, but for a high level of comfort as well. Given the wheelbase, it’s quite obvious that you may count on a generous amount of legroom and cargo volume in this one.
For the next year, we might see a big novelty in the form of 2021 Land Rover Defender 130. According to some sources, this might be a new version of the SUV, with an even longer wheelbase, which would compete with full-size off-roaders. However, the exact details are still unavailable.
Finally, there are reports that suggest the arrival of the 2021 Land Rover “baby” Defender, which would be the smallest and least luxurious version, which would compete with mainstream off-roaders, such as Wrangler and the Upcoming Bronco.
2021 Land Rover Defender Engines
The engine lineup will definitely remain the same for the next year. This means that base models will come equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which is good for about 300 horsepower. There are also two diesel options. Both of them use the same 2.0-liter turbodiesel, though the max output is different. Base versions of the engine are good for about 200 horsepower, while a more powerful count up to 240. In both cases, the max torque is 317 pound-feet.
Finally, there is a plug-in hybrid version, based on a six-cylinder gasoline engine, which delivers a total output of 400 horsepower.
All engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
2021 Land Rover Defender Release Date and Price
Despite the possible novelties, we expect to see 2021 Land Rover Defender in a typical time of year. This means it would hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Currently, the base version goes around 50.000 dollars, but keep in mind that the company also works on an affordable, “baby” version of the SUV, which will probably go around 33.000 dollars.