The Land Rover Defender was crowned the 2021 World Car Design of the Year at the World Car Awards. This much-coveted award comes after two previous wins for the Range Rover Velar in 2018 and Range Rover Evoque in 2012.
Iconic in name, shape and capability, the New Defender maintains its pioneering spirit that has been the trademark of Land Rover for more than 70 years, truly redefining adventure for the 21st century.
The prestigious World Car Design of the Year award honors the most outstanding new car of the last 12 months and rewards vehicles that possess the highest standards of technical innovation and design that goes beyond established boundaries.
The judges commended the Defender’s distinctive design, all-conquering off-road capability, excellent on-road dynamics and 21st century practicality and connectivity. The line-up offers an incredible selection which includes 90 and 110 body designs, commercial Hard Top derivatives and powertrains ranging from a plug-in hybrid to a new V8.
The 2021 World Car Design of the Year is the Defender’s latest prize, now with a total of 53 international accolades under its belt since its launch.
Chief Creative Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, Prof. Gerry McGovern OBE, said: “New Defender is influenced by its past but is not constrained by it and we are delighted it has been honoured with this award. Our vision was to create a 21st century Defender by pushing the boundaries of engineering, technology and design while retaining its renowned DNA and off-road capability. The result is a compelling 4×4 that resonates with customers on an emotional level.”
This year, all award contenders competing in the other four award categories were qualified for the World Car Design of the Year prize. The award contenders were reviewed by a panel of seven experts in automotive design who reviewed and shortlisted the finalists with recommendations from 93 international journalists.
The automotive design experts include Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School), Ian Callum (United Kingdom – Director of Design, CALLUM), Gert Hildebrand (Germany – Owner Hildebrand-Design), Patrick le Quément (France – Designer and President of the Strategy Committee – The Sustainable Design School), Tom Matano (USA – Academy of Art University, Former Head of Design – Mazda), Victor Nacif (USA – Chief Creative Officer, Brojure.com and Design instructor, New School of Architecture and Design) and Shiro Nakamura (Japan – CEO, Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.).
The New Defender is definitely a standout with its distinctive silhouette. It has minimal front and rear overhangs providing excellent approach and departure angles. Land Rover’s designers re-envisioned familiar Defender trademarks, giving the 4×4 a purposeful upright stance and Alpine light windows in the roof, while retaining the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally-mounted spare wheel that make the original so identifiable.
The Land Rover Defender’s breadth of capability raises the threshold for off-road ruggedness and on-road comfort. Underpinned by Land Rover’s strong D7x aluminium platform – the brand’s stiffest ever body structure – advanced all-terrain technologies and state-of-the-art powertrains deliver unstoppable capability. Its carefully honed handling delivers a rewarding drive and first-class comfort across all terrains, and the experts at Euro NCAP awarded the Defender a maximum five-star safety rating.
A choice of advanced Ingenium petrol and cleaner diesel engines ensure Defender has the power, control and efficiency for any environment, while a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain provides silent EV-only progress of up to 27 miles*. In addition, the new 525PS Defender V8 combines characteristic Land Rover capability with incredible performance and bespoke chassis settings for heightened driver engagement.
The Defender lineup now includes the Defender 90 and Defender 110, as well as the 90 and 110 Hard Top commercial variants. To know more, check out The New Land Rover Defender | Land Rover Philippines.
*All fuel consumption and CO2 data quoted above relates to Official EU-WLTP TEL Combined Test Figures for five-seat derivatives. The figures provided are as a result of official manufacturer’s tests in accordance with EU legislation. For comparison purposes only. Real world figures may differ. CO2 and fuel economy figures may vary according to factors such as driving styles, environmental conditions, load and accessories.