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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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Acura is revealing its next-gen MDX slowly, first with this, the MDX Prototype.

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The MDX is the best-selling Acura in the lineup. It's also America's best-selling luxury three-row SUV. But that's not good enough.

Acura is redesigning the MDX and as it prepares to enter a fourth generation, a prototype of the new SUV will be shown on October 14. This looks to follow the same pattern as the TLX launch, which saw a prototype revealed about six months before the true model debut, just after the PMC Edition was put on sale.

Acura says that the next-gen MDX will usher in " new levels of Acura design, performance, technology and craftsmanship, assuming the mantle as the brand's new flagship model". And that's a good thing. The brand revolution that started with the RDX and continued with the TLX looks to go even further in a bid to re-establish Acura on its premium model throne.

The ofirst MDX was the industry's first three-row SUV based on a unibody platform, a design that has since gone mainstream as crossovers and lifestyle SUVs overrun a vehicle type that started as rugged off-roaders and family trucksters. Since it's debut, the MDX has garnered praise from buyers and critics alike including winning the 2001 North American Truck of the Year and 2001 Motor Trend SUV of the Year awards.

Over the past two decades, cumulative sales have surpassed 1 million units, securing MDX's place as the best-selling Acura model, accounting for roughly one-third of the brand's U.S. sales since its launch.

"We're accelerating Acura's commitment to Precision Crafted Performance and this fourth-generation MDX is the most ambitious and consequential redesign of an Acura core model in our history," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. "This all-new MDX will take us into new territory in terms of performance, prestige and emotional appeal."

The teaser image (above) and video (below) that were released today highlight the sharply sculpted beltline running the perimeter of the wider, lower and longer MDX, connecting the Jewel Eye LED headlights at the front to the Chicane LED taillights in the rear.

The MDX Prototype pulls heavily from the RDX and TLX with design nods to each. Still, it's unmistakably a three-row SUV. Though we don't know for sure what's under the hood, expect the MDX to have more a dynamic driving style when it debuts, following in the vein of the RDX and TLX redesigns.

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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