Auto123 reviews the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90.
Retro has been a little less fashionable in the industry for the past few years. Not that it’s disappeared entirely, of course - the trio of American muscle cars are making the most of their ties to the past, and there are a few recent examples like the Fiat 124 Spider or even a certain Jaguar F-Type, clearly inspired by the timeless E-Type. But with the shift to electric power, the overall trend is that the industry has started looking to the future again.
And yet, a quick look at the rugged 4x4 category confirms there’s still interest in the designs of yesteryear. The Jeep Wrangler has been sticking to the design of the little 4x4 sent to the front lines during World War II for more than 60 years, and the new Ford Bronco is doing exactly the same thing with its new model, based on the Bronco of the 1960s.
And then there's the Land Rover Defender which, unlike the Wrangler and Bronco, remains a curiosity in North America. A few models of the previous generations did make their way here over the years, but the symbol of British ruggedness has never been much of a presence on this side of the Atlantic.