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The prestigious World Car Awards recognise and reward automotive excellence on a global scale, and we are excited to announce that Land Rover’s New Defender has been awarded the World Car Design of the Year for 2021. A modern interpretation of the original Defender, the vehicle’s strong, sophisticated design impressed the panel of international jurors.

The original Defender defined all-terrain capability and toughness in 4x4s from its conception, and the New Defender takes the characteristics that made it so beloved and reimagines them for the 21st century in a visually compelling vehicle. Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Office for Land Rover, describes the New Defender as respectful of its past but not harnessed by it. It is, he says, a Defender for a new age.


From the front, the Defender is tough but approachable, with the geometric forms of its highly technical headlamps, beautifully sculptured fenders, squared wheel arches and strong shoulders. At the rear, the geometric forms of the distinctive high-tech lamps harmonise perfectly with the front-end design. The vehicle’s high sills, short overhangs and externally mounted rear wheel facilitate its all-conquering off-road capability. There is a choice of 12 wheel designs, ranging from 18-inch white-painted pressed steel rims to 22‑inch Luna alloys. Every detail of the exterior design has been developed to re-enforce Defender’s DNA, which is refined, durable and extremely tough, in a vehicle design like no other.


Inside, the Defender’s constructivist modular interior architecture communicates its highly functional nature, and the design is underpinned by its practical layout. The main controls, including the central touchscreen, are ergonomically clustered within the console’s magnesium frame. Comfort is also a key part of New Defender, with interior materials focused on retained newness, so after thousands of miles of adventure the car continues to look and feel fresh.

These are just some of the elements of the New Defender’s pared back design philosophy that captivated the judges of the World Car Design of the Year. The New Defender is reassuringly purposeful, with a clean, elemental design, which makes it both highly desirable and seriously capable.

Learn more about the many carefully considered design details that make the New Defender such a highly praised and awarded update of the legendary original.



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Important note on imagery & specification. We are living through exceptional times. Due to the Covid pandemic we have been prevented or delayed in the creation of new images of current model years. Now the global impact of micro-chip shortages is further affecting build specifications, options and launch timings. Until this unique event settles, please note that many images cannot be updated to 22 model year specifications. Features, options, trim and colour schemes will differ from many images. Customers are urged to consult your local Retailer for detailed 22 model year specifications and do not base an order on marketing imagery and specification alone.

Jaguar Land Rover Limited is constantly seeking ways to improve the specification, design and production of its vehicles, parts and accessories and alterations take place continually, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Some features may vary between optional and standard for different model years. The information, specification, engines and colours on this website are based on European specification and may vary from market to market and are subject to change without notice. Some vehicles are shown with optional equipment and retailer-fit accessories that may not be available in all markets. Please contact your local retailer for local availability and prices.

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