2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Sep 09, 2020
FAST FACTS
  • Defender 90 is a short-wheelbase version of the Defender 110
  • Five model series, three trim levels, two powertrains
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines
  • Standard permanent 4-wheel drive
  • Seating for up to six people
  • Maximum cargo space of 58.3 cubic feet
  • Tows up to 8,201 pounds of trailer
  • Numerous ways to customize appearance and equipment

Introduction - Find the best Land Rover deals!

The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 is a short-wheelbase, 3-door version of the company’s resurrected Defender 110, which arrived for the 2020 model year. It boasts the same impressive off-roading capability, seats up to six people, and is priced from $46,100 to $80,500.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Front Splashing Through Water

Five versions are available: standard, S, X-Dynamic S, First Edition, and X. To these, specification packages called S, SE, and HSE add three levels of equipment. Versions with the standard engine also carry a P300 designation, while variants with the more powerful available engine are known as P400.

Exterior Features - Find the best Land Rover deals!

Land Rover offers all manner of upgrades to make a 2021 Defender 90 look more rugged than it already is. From mud flaps to roof racks, and by mixing and matching a range of paint colors, wheel designs, and roof treatments, you can create a Defender 90 that looks like no other.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Silver Rear Quarter View Muddy Wet Trail

If you install a roof rack or cargo basket, keep in mind that the roof load limit is 370 pounds. Once you reach a campsite, you can use a roof-top tent and take advantage of the SUV’s 661-lb. static roof load rating.

Land Rover hangs the Defender 90’s full-size spare tire on the side-hinged rear tailgate in order to preserve both the rear departure angle and interior cargo space.

Interior Features - Find the best Land Rover deals!

Thanks to a choice between a full center console and a front jump seat, the Defender 90 can seat up to six people. This is a purposeful SUV, with storage carved into every available location, and a range of seat upholsteries, interior trim elements, and headliners is available. You can keep the Defender 90 basic and rugged, or deck one out with lots of luxury.

2021 Land Rover Defender Dashboard

Behind the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, the Defender 90 holds just 15.6 cubic-feet of cargo. Fold it down, and the result is an uneven load floor. But you’ll expand the cargo space to 58.3 cubic-feet underneath the standard Alpine windows in the roof. The hose-clean cargo cover serves multiple purposes.

Optional Features - Find the best Land Rover deals!

Clearly, there is no shortage of options for the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90. In addition to the nearly $35,000 price spread between the most affordable and most expensive versions of the SUV, multiple option packages are available for each, along with numerous individual options.

Under the Hood - Find the best Land Rover deals!

When you choose a new Defender 90, you select between a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (P300) and a mild-hybrid turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine also equipped with an electronic supercharger (P400).

The P300 powertrain makes 296 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. It accelerates the SUV to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, provides a top speed of 119 mph, and is rated to return 19 mpg in combined driving, according to Land Rover. 

The P400 powertrain generates 395 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. Land Rover says it will accelerate to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and gets 19 mpg in combined driving. It shares the same top speed as the P300.

Both use an 8-speed automatic transmission to power all four wheels through a permanent 4-wheel-drive system. The 4WD system includes a 2-speed transfer case and a center differential. As an option, an active locking rear differential is available.

Built to excel off-road, the Defender 90 boasts an approach angle of 38 degrees, a breakover angle of 31 degrees, and a departure angle of 40 degrees. Maximum wheel articulation measures 19.7 inches, maximum wading depth is 35.4 inches, and Land Rover says the SUV can travel across a 45-degree side slope and up a 45-degree incline.

Configurable Terrain Response technology allows the driver to select specific drivetrain and traction settings for any given situation. Additional features include an available electronic air suspension, an All-Terrain Progress Control off-road cruise control system, and a Clear Sight Ground View camera system. Wade Sensing technology allows the driver to see how deep the water is before driving into it.

The Defender can tow up to 8,201 lbs. and offers Advanced Tow Assist technology that semi-autonomously steers the SUV as the driver uses a dashboard twist knob to guide a trailer in the desired direction.

Safety - Find the best Land Rover deals!

Standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, active blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assistance. Additionally, the Defender 90 has a driver monitoring system, a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and a Clear Exit Monitor that warns occupants not to open the doors if traffic is approaching from behind.

Options include adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlight assistance, and a Clear Sight rearview mirror that shows a video feed of what’s behind the SUV on the rearview mirror glass. 

Technology - Find the best Land Rover deals!

In addition to its long list of off-roading technologies, the new Defender 90 is equipped with Land Rover’s latest infotainment system, called Pivi Pro. Additionally, the SUV is available with Wi-Fi, Meridian premium sound, an interior air ionization system with a PM2.5 filter, and an Activity Key feature that allows you to adventure in the great outdoors without taking the Defender 90’s key fob along for the fun.

Land Rover is the source of the information in this article. It was accurate as of September 9, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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