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2021 World Car Awards: Land Rover Defender Crowned World Car Design Of The Year

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The British SUV edged out with the Honda e and the Mazda MX-30 in the World Car Design of the Year category.

The Defender is built on the all-new D7x monocoque platform. expand View Photos
The Defender is built on the all-new D7x monocoque platform.


  • The Land Rover Defender is the World Car Design of the Year 2021
  • The SUV won against the Honda e and Mazda MX-30
  • The Defender SUV is already on sale in India

The Land Rover Defender is a true masterpiece and aesthetically pleasing. The SUV has won the World Car Design Of The Year award. In fact, the Land Rover Defender also made it to the finalists in the Luxury Car Of The Year category. Along with the Land Rover Defender, the other shortlisted cars for the World Car Design Of The Year were Honda e and the Mazda MX-30. The SUV has been launched in India, with prices starting at ₹ 79.94 lakh, and going up till ₹ 89.63 lakh (ex-showroom). The award was announced by Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Editor In Chief, carandbike, and Executive Director, World Car Awards.

Also Read: 2021 World Car Finalists Announced

Speaking to Siddharth virtually, Gerry McGovern, Chief Creative Officer for Jaguar Land Rover, said "I was very cognisant of the tremendous interest there going to be on this vehicle, because we haven't seen a new one for such a long time, and everybody has a view on what a new Defender should be. I was very mindful of that and tried desperately to protect the team from that, in other words, don't think about what the expectations are. We have got a very clear design strategy which was about embracing the past in terms of acknowledging the importance of it, but more importantly thinking about this vehicle in future context." He further added, "Whether or not the new Defender will eventually carry the accolade of being considered iconic, we'll have to wait and see, but clearly an award like this speaks volumes of the way people feel about it."


The new-generation Land Rover Defender is on sale in India with a 2.0-litre petrol engine

The new Defender comes to India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) and is available in five variants - Base, S, SE, HSE and First Edition. The Defender is built on the all-new D7x monocoque platform. Furthermore, the SUV is offered in two body styles – 90 and 110. Feature-wise, it gets a 10-inch PiviPro infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument console, e-call system, 3D surround camera, rear collision and traffic monitor, wade sensing and more.


The 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 comes to India as a CBU

Also Read: Land Rover Defender Crowned Premium Luxury SUV Of The Year At 2021 carandbike Awards


It comes equipped with a bunch of electronics aids such as torque vectoring, cruise control, all-wheel drive, hill launch assist, traction control, cornering brake control, adaptive dynamics, twin-speed transfer box and more. Powering the Defender is the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that belts out 292 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque, paired with an automatic transmission.

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