2021 Land Rover Defender range adds short-wheelbase 90 and new trim levels

US customers can finally order the two-door Defender 90.

Kyle Hyatt Former news and features editor
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You're a lot more likely to see one of Land Rover's new Defender models in this kind of an environment than wading through a muddy river, but it looks good in both.

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The first Land Rover Defender models are now starting to trickle out to US customers, which means they should start becoming a more common sight on roads. That's awesome, and according to an announcement on Tuesday, some updates for the 2021 model year are already in store.

While the changes aren't extensive, there are a couple that are worth talking about -- namely, the availability of the hotly anticipated two-door . That's especially good because Land Rover will need the 90 if it plans on taking any kind of bite out of the 2021 Ford Bronco.

Land Rover is also launching a new trim level that will sit between the standard Defender and the optioned-to-the-gills Defender X. It will be called X-Dynamic and should be plenty tough-looking -- which we're all about. The X-Dynamic can be had with several different specification packs to help customers dial things in just the way they want. Also new for 2021 is a Wade program (itself a Land Rover first) and a new configurable off-road mode that will let drivers set their preferred level of assistance.

The 2021 Defender will start at a still surprisingly reasonable $47,125 including destination and is available to order right now. The configurator for both the Defender 110 and 90 is now live on Land Rover's website, so have at it.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 hopes to be a Bronco buster

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First published on Sep. 8, 2020.

Update, Sept. 9: Added that the Land Rover configurator is now working correctly.