The 2021 Land Rover Defender is a Land Rover Discovery in Disguise – “No, You’re Wrong!”

2021 land rover defender

We have a lively discussion about the new Land Rover Defender and whether or not it’s legit.

Yes, we know the 2021 Land Rover Defender is not as rugged or hard-core as the original Land Rover Defender. Unlike the original, it has four-wheel independent suspension, turbocharged gas and (optional) hybrid power-trains. It is also cram-packed with tons of electronics.

The new Defender has road manners that befit royalty – by comparison.

Simply put, the 2021 Land Rover Defender is much more civilized for the daily driver than the original. The question remains, is this new Defender a family wagon like the Discovery? Sure, all JLR vehicles are capable off-road, but they are much more likely to buzz the city nightlife over the bush’s wildlife.

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Still, the argument is: did JLR just cover up a Land Rover Discovery? They say that many of the components and tuning are unique – but that’s according to JLR. Is it possible that one of the most iconic off-road vehicles out there is nothing more than flat panels and some tough-looking goodies?

That’s what Roman and Nathan discuss in this episode’s “No, you’re wrong!” Before you head to the video below, I urge you to look and the video directly underneath. It’s for the upcoming James Bond movie, “No time to die.” Why watch? It is a known fact that all vehicles featured in Bond movies are cool, Vehicles that are used by bad guys are even cooler. Sometimes.

… anyway, you can skip to 1:35 to see what I’m talking about. And 2:20.

and there’s this…

For those of you who don’t know, the 2021 Land Rover Defender comes in two versions, the short wheelbase, three-door 90 and long wheelbase, five-door 110. Prices start at $46,100 – but it’s doubtful you’ll find one for under $50,000 out the door.

Last week, we reported on the U.S. fleet arrival of the Defender 90, and we talked about the new mid-level, X-Dynamic trim. You can read about it (here).

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.