2021 Land Rover Defender Lineup Includes Short-Wheelbase ’90’ Model, New X-Dynamic Trim

We missed the Defender 90 in last year's lineup

Additional trims and a short wheelbase 3-door (Defender 90) are part of the 2021 Land Rover Defender’s U.S. lineup

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) reinvented the iconic Defender with this 2021 Land Rover Defender – from the ground up. It takes the current JLR off-road high-tech know-how to a higher level. We have already driven a few models off-road, including a match-up with the new Defender vs. the original AND a Jeep Gladiator.

Some of the results were mixed, but many of us are rather excited about the overall theme behind the Land Rover Defender’s design. Most of all, we were chomping at the bit for the short wheelbase, 3-door Defender 90 to hit our shores.

The 2021 Land Rover Defender comes with permanent four-wheel drive and a twin-speed transfer case, center differential and and an optional Active Locking Rear Differential. Despite the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90’s short 101.9-inch wheelbase, it has an optional six-passenger seating configuration. That means a front bench seat option, which is a fantastic feature for some.

Land Rover has also added a new trim level to slot in between the standard Defender and the fully loaded Defender X. It’s dubbed the X-Dynamic, and it’s distinguished by gloss-black painted door and wheel-arch cladding and satin-finish skid pans. Inside, there’s a durable synthetic fabric called Robustec to protect what Land Rover says are “areas that are subject to heightened wear.” The X-Dynamic is available with the S, SE, and HSE specification packages.

The 2021 Land Rover Defender has an MSRP that starts at $46,100 for the base Defender 90 and $51,525 for the base Defender 110 in the U.S. Lower models beneath the X-Dynamic get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 296 horsepower. Go into the higher end of the range, and you get a 395 horsepower 3.0-liter inline-six engine instead.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.