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2021 Land Rover Defender gets new mid-grade X-Dynamic model

Land Rover is offering the 2021 Defender 90 and 110 in a new grade.

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Now that Land Rover Defender production and distribution worldwide is finally underway after being hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is prepared to expand its Defender offerings for the 2021 model year.

The Defender will be offered in two wheelbases for 2021: Defender 110 and Defender 90. The 110 is a five-door more traditional SUV design offering seating for five, six, or 5+2, while the 90 is a three-door.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 X-Dynamic Pricing for the new grade is slightly above the base model Defender's MSRP.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

At launch, the model range comprised the Defender, First Edition, and top-tier Defender X models. With First Editions being snatched up, Defender X-Dynamic moves in to the mid-grade slot. The Defender X-Dynamic can be enhanced further with a choice of S, SE and HSE Specification Packs.

All models come standard with four-wheel drive.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 X-Dynamic

The Defender 90 X-Dynamic builds on the base model. To differentiate it from the pack, the Defender X-Dynamic gets gloss painted Narvik Black exterior door and wheel arch cladding with Silicon Satin skid pans. There's also a P400 badge, X-Dynamic badge, body-color door handles, and Satin Silicon Silver grille bar. The model comes standard with automatic high beams and rides on 19-inch six-spoke gloss black wheels. At the back are black tow hooks.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 X-Dynamic The model has unique accents to differentiate it from the rest of the pack.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Inside, the Defender X-Dynamic features Robust seat pull ribbons and a console finisher. Robustec is a protective and hard-wearing material inspired by textiles used in extreme outdoor activities. The Robustec accents are available in the same selection of colors across S, SE, and HSE models.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 X-Dynamic Land Rover offers the X-Dynamic grade on its Defender 90 and 110.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

"Essentially a tool – obtaining this balance of tactility, softness and durability was key to create a modern premium aesthetic for both the interior and exterior materials," said Amy Frascella, Director, Color and Materials, Land Rover. "We have enabled innovation of materials by creating new approaches to development, challenging conventions of traditional methods of make and modifying existing technologies."

Additional interior features include a Ebony Morzine headliner, illuminated metal tread plates with Land Rover script, and dutotonne interior seat color. Its rear seats feature a 40/20/40 split and the front seats are 12-way semi-powered. Seat facings are appointed in ebony/ebony grained leather and Robustek.

The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 X-Dynamic starts at $57,800.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 X-Dynamic The model comes standard with four-wheel drive.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

2021 Land Rover Defender 110 X-Dynamic

Like the Defender 90 X-Dynamic, the 110 version builds on the 110 base model. Its exterior is more premium than the 90 and features LED headlights with signature daytime running lights, a P400 badge fog lights, X-Dynamic badge, body-color door handles, black rear tow hooks, and Satin Silicon Silver front and rear skid pan, grille bar, and badging. Automatic high beams are standard. It rides on 20-inch five-spoke Dark Satin Grey wheels.

Interior features are the same except the model changes up the front seats for 12-way electric memory front seats with two-way manual headrests. It also gets a ClearSight interior rearview mirror, Meridian sound system, Click and Go integrated base unit, and interactive driver display.

The 2021 Land Rover Defender 110 X-Dynamic starts at $65,500.

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Special Land Rover Defender stars in new James Bond film

The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

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James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition You'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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