In Case You Needed More Defender Models, Land Rover Has You Covered

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
in case you needed more defender models land rover has you covered

Land Rover lit up my inbox this morning with more news about the reborn Defender. It seems there’s just always more to talk about with the new version of the iconic SUV.

The news for the 2021 model year is that there will be a three-door 90 model. Another piece of news is the X-Dynamic trim, which is meant to slot in between lower and upper trims. Jaguar Land Rover’s materials say the X-Dynamic is meant to have a “tough” exterior look and “unique” interior “fittings” but what does this corporate-speak really mean?

Apparently, it means that the exterior doors will have gloss-black cladding, as will the wheel-arches, and the skid plates will be painted silver. Inside will be a material called Robustec. This is apparently a protective, durable material based on what’s used for “extreme” outdoor/adventure situations, and it will be applied to the seats and console, since those areas tend to show wear quickly. It will be available in the same color patterns that one can choose on the S, SE, and HSE models.

Amy Frascella, Director, Color and Materials, Land Rover, said, “Essentially a tool – obtaining this balance of tactility, softness and durability was key to create a modern premium aesthetic for both the interior and exterior materials. We have enabled innovation of materials by creating new approaches to development, challenging conventions of traditional methods of make and modifying existing technologies.” That’s a really, really fancy way of saying that Robustec should keep the inside of your Defender from wearing too quickly while looking cool and feeling nice, and you’ll get charged a pretty penny for the privilege.

How much? Well, if you’re adding this package (X-Dynamic S to start, SE and HSE packages are available) to your three-door Defender 90, it starts at $57,800 and requires the 3.0-liter turbo inline-six/mild hybrid setup (395 horsepower, 406 lb-ft). The four-cylinder 90 (2.0-liter turbo, 296 ponies/295 lb-ft) starts at $46,100, with the S ringing the register at $49,400. The First Edition checks in at $64,100 and the Defender 90 X will set you back $80,500.

Should the 110 better tickle your particular fancy, you get in the door with the four-cylinder at $50,500. The S trim brings you up to $53,800. Opt for cylinders six and the 110 SE is $62,700, while the X-Dynamic SE is $65,500 and X-Dynamic HSE is $71,600. The top-dog 110X is $83,000.

None of these prices include the $1,350 in D and D fees.

The other big piece of news here is one that will make off-roaders take notice – a new Wade mode is added to the Terrain Response System of off-road-oriented drive modes. It softens the throttle response, sets the climate control to recirculate, locks the driveline, adjusts the ride height (presumably, up), and shows the driver key information pertaining to fording a river on the infotainment screen. Apparently, the Defender’s engineers played Oregon Trail when they were kids.

That fording depth, by the way, is 35.4 inches.

If the Defender interests you, it’s on sale now.

[Image: Jaguar Land Rover. European model shown.]

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  • SuperCarEnthusiast SuperCarEnthusiast on Sep 10, 2020

    The new Bronco looks more like the traditional Land Rover Defender then the current Defender! LOL! I was expect a retro Defender design, styling like it competitor the Mercedes G Wagon.

  • Old_WRX Old_WRX on Sep 10, 2020

    This looks like some dopey toy. The only thing that is reminiscent of the the Series I, II, IIA, etc. is the a$$ end. If they can just add a little more tech then you'll be able to stay home in the AC watching the game and sipping a brewski while the LR takes on the trail all on its own. It could even be programmed to stop at the car wash on the way home to get rid of all that mud and dust. Or it could stay dirty and impress people with what a rugged individualist the owner is without even having to go out to some dirty off road park.

    • Tstag Tstag on Sep 10, 2020

      There’s some truth in that. Autocar in the UK to the Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes G Class and Land Rover Defender offroad and if I had to sum it up I’d say their conclusion was this: - Wrangler most fun off road - Defender most high tech and most capable with best off-road clearance, but less fun than the Jeep. - G class somewhere in between but too expensive Overall I’d say the Mercedes seemed the biggest waste of money but the choice between the Jeep and Defender in the UK was simpler than you might think. The Jeep is almost the same price as the Defender and that’s the problem for the Jeep because fun only takes you so far.... Land Rover are planning the Land Rover Defender 80. This will be Wrangler sized, much cheaper and fun. That’s gonna be interesting.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird The hideaway headlamps on these and other Ford vehicles of the era could have issues mostly vacuum related. Usually the vacuum hoses that ran to the actuators would deteriorate. The “coffee can” reservoir which was mounted in the front header was rarely an issue because it was protected from the elements. The other coffee can reservoir used for the HVAC controls and actuators and mounted under the passenger side wheel well had a tendency to rot away. I once replaced one on my 70 Mustang when I noticed that the vents were acting janky. Later model Fords like Fox bodies used a durable plastic globe shaped one. The radio on these 69-70 full-size Fords mounted on the left side of aircraft style instrument cluster within the drivers touch probably disappointed many young people. “Mom will you change the station?” “Andy Williams is so square”.
  • MichaelBug For me, two issues in particular:1. It can be difficult for me to maintain my lane on a rainy night. Here in southeastern PA, PennDOT's lane markings aren't very reflective. They can be almost impossible to make out when wet.2. Backing out of a parking space in a lot with heavy pedestrian traffic. Oftentimes people will walk right into my blind spot even if I am creeping back with my 4-way flashers blinking. (No backup camera in my '11 Toyota Camry.)Michael B 🙂
  • Tagbert When you publish series like this, could you include links to the previous articles in the series so that we can follow through? Thank you. Edit: now I see a link embedded in the first paragraph that goes to the previous story. It wasn’t clear at first where that link went but now I understand.
  • DungBeetle62 When you're in one of these, you life in a state of constant low-level nervous about 90% of the time. But that other 10% kinda makes up for it.
  • Garrett Instead of foisting this problem on the car companies and the people who buy cars, make those who possess liquor licenses and those who purchase alcohol take on the economic cost of this problem.
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