...and the short of it
Auto Today|September 2021
We get behind the wheel of the Land Rover Defender 90, the three-door version of the iconic SUV reinterpreted for the 21st century, to find out what the shorter wheelbase brings to the table and what it takes away from it
Dhruv Saxena

Land Rover Defender 90 P300 SE

Engine 1,997cc 4 cyl, turbo petrol

Power 300bhp@5,500rpm

Max torque 400Nm@1,5004,500rpm

Gearbox 8-speed AT

Wheelbase (mm) 2,587 LxWxH (mm) 4,583x2,008x1,969

Ground clearance 216-291mm

Kerb weight 2,140kg

Top Speed 191kmph 0-100kmph 7.1s

Price: Rs 84.21 lakh (ex-showroom) On sale Now

Earlier this year we drove the new generation Land Rover Defender 110 and were thoroughly impressed by its neo-retro design, its ability to emulate the utilitarian feel of the Defenders of yore without compromising on the level of luxury one would expect from an expensive SUV and its performance both on and off the road. At the 2021 World Car Awards, Land Rover took home the World Car Design of the Year award for the Defender, and it also drove home with the 2021 Premium Car of the Year Award by ICOTY. For 2021, Land Rover India has added the Defender 90 variant to the lineup, which is essentially the shorter wheelbase version of the SUV with fewer doors and fewer seats, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye.

At first glance, one might find the Defender 90’s looks a bit odd-ball, more so if you’ve mostly only seen the five-door Defender 110. I, too, had my reservations, but my opinion swiftly changed the moment I saw the Defender 90 in the flesh. There is certainly something very appealing about its three-door silhouette and, for what it’s worth, the 90 is likely to generate more intrigue and turn more heads than the 110. At 4,584mm long, the Defender 90 is 435mm shorter than the 110 and the relative deficit in wheelbase is the same as well. Aside from this very obvious difference the rest of the SUV with its boxy lines infused with modern touches like LED lighting is identical to the 110. The Defender 90 is more than 2m wide and 1,969mm tall (air suspension) endowing it with immense road presence dwarfing most other cars around you.

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