New Land Rover Defender 2021 pricing and spec detailed: Ford Bronco-rivalling 90 SUV lands next year alongside range-wide upgrades

Just a month after launching its Defender in Australia, Land Rover has announced tweaks to pricing and spec of the 2021 off-road SUV line-up headlined by the arrival of the three-door 90 early next year.

Kicking off the range is the Defender 90 P300 priced at $71,500 before on-road costs, which scores a new-to-the-range 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine.

The same engine can also be had in S trim, raising the price to $80,390, while the more potent 294kW inline six-cylinder P400 is available in SE, HSE and X guises – priced at $95,290, $105,190 and $134,690 respectively – in the 90 body style.

P300 and P400 engines will feature 48-volt mild-hybrid tech to keep fuel economy down, and are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to all four corners, though Australian fuel economy figures are yet to be revealed.

The 2021 diesel-powered 90 range meanwhile, starts at $78,590 for the D200, rising to $87,490 for the D250 S, $89,390 for the D300 SE and topping out at $132,590 for the D300 X.

Though the 2020 Defender line-up featured the 147kW/430Nm D200 and 177kW/430Nm D240 four-cylinder powertrains, the 2021 version scores six-cylinder engines instead.

The D200 now punches out 147kW/500NM, the D240-replacing D250 outputs 183kW/570Nm and the new D300 flagship produces 220kW/650Nm. All three are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In its first year on sale, the Defender 90 will also score First Edition variants, in P400 and D250 form, priced at $106,190 and $104,990 respectively.

Exact Australian specifications for the Defender 90 are yet to be revealed, but expect equipment such as autonomous emergency braking, a surround-view monitor, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition, wade sensing, two-speed transfer box, hill descent control and LED headlights to carryover.

Also expect a 10.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with digital radio, sat nav and smartphone support.

Blind-spot assist, exit warning, adaptive cruise control and rear-cross traffic alert are also included on the Defender 90 and 110 spec sheet, which are new additions in 2021 for the latter.

Pricing for the Defender 110 has also been slightly readjusted to accommodate the boosted equipment and diesel-engine changeover.

Unlike before, the cheapest Defender 110 is now the P300, which opens at $74,500, a $3000 premium over the 90 equivalent.

In fact, all petrol-engined 110s are positioned $3000 upstream from their 90 counterparts, making the P300 S $83,390, the P400 SE $98,290, the P400 HSE $108,190 and the P400 X $137,690.

However, the 110 also scores an P400 S variant priced at $91,790 that doesn’t have a 90 match.

Likewise, the diesel 110s are $3000 more expensive than the 90 variants, with the exception of the $82,590 D250 and $101,690 D300 HSE that have no matching counterparts in three-door form.

For reference, the 2020 Defender 110 range opened at $69,990 for the D200 (albeit with the less-potent four-cylinder engine) and extended to $137,100 for the P400 X.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 pricing before on-road costs

Variant Transmission Cost
P300 Automatic $71,500
P300 S Automatic $80,390
P400 SE Automatic $95,290
P400 HSE Automatic $105,190
P400 X Automatic $134,690
D200 Automatic $78,590
D250 S Automatic $87,490
D300 SE Automatic $89,390
D300 X Automatic $132,590
P400 First Edition Automatic $106,190
D250 First Edition Automatic $104,990

2021 Land Rover Defender 110 pricing before on-road costs

Variant Transmission Cost
P300 Automatic $74,500
P300 S Automatic $83,390
P400 S Automatic $91,790
P400 SE Automatic $98,290
P400 HSE Automatic $108,190
P400 X Automatic $137,690
D250 Automatic $82,590
D250 S Automatic $90,490
D300 SE Automatic $92,390
D300 HSE Automatic $101,690
D300 X Automatic $135,590