Let’s move the spotlight towards the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 and look at the 3-door offering by Land Rover in detail.
The Land Rover Defender has been around for decades and is one of the most reliable cars ever to grace this earth. It has magnificent off-road capabilities and was purposefully built with a no-nonsense interior. The Defender was in line for a makeover and Land Rover gave it just that. The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 has been launched in India with a slight price hike.
The Defender 90 promises to be a versatile off-roader and Land Rover claims that it is their best model yet. The Defender 90 has a lot of claims riding on its bulky shoulders and it remains to be seen, whether it will fulfil the expectations of Land Rover and also, the people at large.
The Defender was always purposefully built and had a rugged design with a bold appeal to it. It was a machine that was solely built for off-roading ventures and it was great at it. The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 has gone through a complete makeover. From the front, it now looks striking and modern with the purposeful design intact and exudes confidence. The Matrix LED lights also highlight the modern elements on the car and the huge amount of cladding, makes it look ready for any sort of adventure. The exterior is the same as the Defender 110 with smaller dimensions making it look more aggressive.
The sides look proportionate and the floating pillars along with the alpine lights add to its personality. The solid shoulder line and squared-off wheel arches give it a purposeful stance and immense road presence. The 20-inch wheels along with a maximum ground clearance of 291mm, give it a bold appeal that none of its competitors possesses.
From behind, the Defender 90 has a perfect fusion of form, vertical stance and attitude. The vehicle looks modern and planted. Details like the side-opening tailgate with an externally mounted full-size spare wheel and characterful taillights, all point towards the distinctive nature of the Defender.
Interior and Features
The Defender has had a no-nonsense interior because it was a vehicle focused on off-roading. The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90, changes the game with a plush interior. The cabin is solidly built and has all the convenience features and much more. It is identical to the one on the Defender 110, which means the quality levels inside are great as well. The power-adjustable front seats offer great cushioning and under thigh support along with heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The cabin feels solidly put together and has a modern appeal to it.
Land Rover has been wary of the current trends and equipped the Defender 90 with all the necessary features you would expect at this price point. The 10-inch Pivi Pro display gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and responds on voice commands too. The 12.3-inch interactive drivers display has the added flexibility of showing a 3D navigation with the functionality of a Heads-Up Display. A 3D surround camera with parking aid makes the Defender easy to drive in the city as well.
Staying true to the modern appeal, the new Defender 90 has been equipped with Clear Sight Technology. With the Clear Sight Ground View technology, you can effectively see through the bonnet and display multiple exterior views, including vehicle’s underside and wheels as you drive. On the other hand, the Clear Sight Interior Rear View Mirror provides an unobstructed view of the road behind you, regardless of rear seat passengers or objects in the load space. Wade sensing uses ultrasonic sensors to provide real-time pictorial information about water depth. Not to forget, the Matrix LED lights do a great job of illuminating the road and automatically dips for oncoming traffic.
Performance and Ride Quality
The new Defender 90 comes with three capable engine options. A 2.0-litre petrol engine which produces 296 bhp and 400 Nm of torque, a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine which produces 394 bhp and 550 Nm of torque and a 3.0-litre diesel engine which makes 296 bhp and 650 Nm of torque. All three powertrain options are supremely capable and will get those off-road duties done with the minimum hitch. All of these are mated to an automatic transmission with the configurable Terrain Response 2 System. It helps the car to adapt differently to different off-road conditions.
The rear seats on the Defender 90 are not as impressive. There is very little legroom and seating three would be a tight squeeze. It is best advised to use it for carrying luggage. The ride of the Defender 90 is surprisingly good as it rounds up bumps nicely along with the air suspension adapting to driver and vehicle inputs. It has the enormous off-road capability with some of them being towing (3,500 kgs), winching and the Defender’s static roof load of up to 300 kgs lets you make the most of your adventure. Along with top-notch off-roading capabilities, the Defender is a stable highway cruiser with a comfortable ride out on the road.
Land Rover has equipped the Defender 90 with a host of safety features which include, hill descent control, wade sensing, 3D surround camera, cruise control, clear sight technology and six airbags including driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and thorax airbags.
Here’s the price list of the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90:
|2.0-litre Petrol Standard||Rs 76.57 Lakhs|
|2.0-litre Petrol S||Rs 80.07 Lakhs|
|2.0-litre Petrol SE||Rs 82.73 Lakhs|
|2.0-litre Petrol X-Dynamic S||Rs 82.77 Lakhs|
|2.0-litre Petrol X-Dynamic SE||Rs 85.43 Lakhs|
|2.0-litre Petrol HSE||Rs 86.94 Lakhs|
|2.0-litre Petrol First Edition||Rs 87.59 Lakhs|
|3.0-litre Petrol SE||Rs 89.25 Lakhs|
|3.0-litre Petrol X-Dynamic SE||Rs 91.95 Lakhs|
|3.0-litre Petrol HSE||Rs 93.51 Lakhs|
|3.0-litre Petrol First Edition||Rs 94.11 Lakhs|
|3.0-litre Petrol X-Dynamic HSE||Rs 96.04 Lakhs|
|3.0-litre Diesel SE||Rs 97.66 Lakhs|
|3.0-litre Diesel HSE||Rs 1.01 Crore|
|3.0-litre Diesel X-Dynamic HSE||Rs 1.05 Crore|
|3.0-litre Diesel X||Rs 1.11 Crore|
The Defender has been around for decades and has already made a name for itself worldwide. The Indian industry needed a capable off-road with modern elements and Land Rover has fulfilled that void with the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90. It surely is a supremely capable car with all the right ingredients to make it a success in the Indian car market.