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Land Rover Defender wins Women’s World Car of the Year 2021

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The Land Rover Defender has become the winner of the international honours as the Women’s World Car of the Year 2021 joining the list of accolades that the SUV has received. The new Defender also got the Best Medium SUV 2021 award and the brand claims that it is the most capable SUV that the brand has made. The Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) awards consists of a jury that has 50 motoring journalists from 38 countries and it is the only car awards in the world with a jury comprised exclusively of woman. The Land Rover Defender has received more than 50 international accolades which include Motortrend’s 2021 SUV of the year, Autocar’s Best SUV 2020 and Top Gear’s 2020 Car of the Year award.

The Land Rover Defender

The Defender has been a hallmark brand for Land Rover for over 70 years and in the 21st century redefines adventure with its timeless design, styling, capabilities to traverse any terrain, choice of body types and personalisation options with a choice of four Accessory Packs. The Defender is not only simple but also practical and comes in five, six or 5+2 seating on the ‘110’ model as well as 6-seats on the ’90’ variant. Underpinning the Defender is the Land Rover D7x aluminium platform that is one of the stiffest body structures and features state-of-the-art powertrain and off-road technologies that provide both off-road prowess with on-road comfort.


The Defender comes with a choice of powertrain options starting from the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Twin-Turbo-petrol motor that makes 300 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque to a PHEV 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that features a 105 kW electric motor that draws power from a 19.2 kWh battery and develops 404 PS of power and 640 Nm of combined torque and a new 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine that belts out 525 PS of power and 625 Nm of torque. The Land Rover Defender also gets a new in-line six-cylinder diesel option from the Ingenium engine family featuring Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology and an all-wheel-drive system.


The 2020 Land Rover Defender also garnered a full 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP crash assessment tests. The SUV scored 85% in both Adult Occupant Protection and Child Occupant Protection department, 71% for Vulnerable Road Users and 79% for Safety Assist Features. The Defender comes with driver and passenger front airbag, side head airbags, side chest airbags, seatbelt reminders, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters on all seat belts, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, passenger airbag deactivation, Automatic Emergency Braking, speed assistance system and lane assist system as standard.