2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Available Now
New X-Dynamic trim also joins the Defender lineup.
We were beyond excited for the return of the legendary Land Rover Defender for the 2020 model year. At launch, Land Rover offered the much anticipated four-door Defender 110 model. However, the company had said that a smaller two-door Defender 90 was on the way. Well, we now know what "on the way" meant as the company has pulled the wraps off the 2021 Defender 90.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 comes standard with seating for six passengers. Optional are front bucket seats that bring seating down to five. Naturally there is no third-row option for the Defender 90 as there is for the Defender 110. The Defender 90, in five-seat configuration, features 15.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Storage space expands to 58.3 cubic feet with the second row collapsed.
Five different trim levels are offered for the 2021 Defender 90. These include the base Defender, Defender S, X-Dynamic S, First Edition, and X. The X-Dynamic trim is new for 2021 and slots in the middle of the lineup between the base Defender and the luxurious Defender X on both the 90 and 110 models.
Defender and Defender S models will be offered with the company's turbocharged 2.0L Ingenium four-cylinder gasoline engine. The turbo-four produces 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Jumping up to the X-Dynamic, First Edition, and X models brings a mild-hybrid 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine. This engine employs both a traditional turbocharger and a 48-volt electric supercharger to produce 395 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are backed by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case.
The Defender family is incredibly capable, with the new 90 boasting a 38-degree approach angle, 40-degree departure angle, and 31-degree breakover angle. The vehicle can also articulate up to 19.7 inches and easily tackle 45-degree side slopes and inclines. Currently, Land Rover has not offered a differentiation between 90 and 110 models as it relates to towing and hauling. With that said, the 2021 Defender can tow up to 8,201 pounds. For those opting to outfit the roof for overlanding, the Defender roof can hold a dynamic 370 pounds (while moving) and static 661 pounds (parked) making it perfect for a rooftop tent.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 is available to be ordered now and starts at just $46,100. Bumping up to a Defender 90 S brings the base price to $49,400, while selecting a Defender 90 X-Dynamic will cost $57,800. First Edition Defender 90 models will start at $64,100, and the top-spec Defender 90 X comes in with an $80,050 price tag.