Best Cars Of 2021
With the pandemic still looming over our heads, 2021 was a pretty action-packed year for the auto industry. Sure, you had challenges, with automakers having to contend with issues like chip shortages, causing delays to consumers. But regardless, the show had to go on and we got some pretty cool cars making their debut, predominantly towards the latter half of 2021.
Let’s get one thing out of the way, 2021 really was also the year, when the market as a whole began to embrace EV’s and you could see several automakers both the legacy as well as EV startups bring several new models to market. Having said that, we did see some pretty cool ICE cars, also make their debut. Now there were several cars that made headlines this year, it was very difficult to pick out the best ones, but the cars on this list definitely stood out. Here’s our list of some of the most highly anticipated and important cars that were unveiled in 2021.
Tug Of War: Ford Bronco Badlands vs Land Rover Defender
Three High Performance SUVs Light Up The Drag Strip
Sam CarLegion, once again, gives us an epic YouTube video of awesome vehicles drag-racing each other. This time, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has the uneasy task of defending its turf against the BMW X5 M Competition and Range Rover Sport SVR. All three SUVs are the top versions of their regular counterparts, but who is going to come out on top?
Rumor: Hydrogen Power Coming to the 2024 Range Rover EV
Land Rover just revealed the all-new Rang Rover with a new design that’s being coined as evolutionary, new more powerful engines, and luxury that some are saying is on par with that of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. That aside, the new Range Rover will launch in the U.S. with the option of two different engine choices – one hybridized and one BMW sourced. Looking ahead of a couple of years, you’ll find a Range Rover PHEV but beyond this Range Rover could do something very unexpected and it revolves around the first-ever electric Range Rover.
The 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Debuts With Two Plug-In Hybrid Options, All-Wheel Steering, And A Whole Lot Of Other Features
What’s touted as the world’s first luxury SUV has been around since 1970 and the current generation has been there for nine years now. As per today’s standards, most of us would say it’s been too long in the tooth. In fact, it even has new competitors now in the form of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and the Lexus LX600.
But, the automaker has finally debuted the fifth-gen Land Rover Range Rover and it comes with some significant changes. It rides on a new platform, is offered with eight different engine options including two plug-in hybrids, and features a lot of new features on the inside.
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Here’s The New 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Before You’re Supposed To See It
The Fifth-Gen 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Has Been Spied And Leaked A Week Before Its Official Launch!
The Nürburgring has been quite busy with a lot of automakers testing new models, new generations, and facelifts on the track. We’ve spotted the Honda Civic Type-R, the BMW M3 Touring, the BMW M2 Competition, the Volkswagen ID.5 GTX, the Tesla Model S Plaid with the Aero Package, and heck, evenC-8 Corvette E-Ray! Now, our spy photographers have spotted the next-gen Land Rover Range Rover making short work of the Nürburgring.
2023 Land Rover Discovery Metropolitan Edition
Land Rover is updating the Discovery family for the 2023 model year by adding a new trim version to the lineup. Called Metropolitan Edition, the new model will be built on the R-Dynamic HSE specification and will now sit on the top of the Discovery family. In the States, the model will be priced from $75,300 - quite an increase over the Discovery’s base price of $56,600, but is it worth it?
How Does The New Defender Square Up Against Its Predecessor?
Following a continuous production run for 67 years, the Defender was discontinued in 2016 due to rising irrelevance and the costly EU emission standards. However, in 2020, Jaguar Land Rover released a new generation that differs significantly from the previous model. The main highlights include the platform it is based on, the overall design, and hybrid powertrain alternatives. The previous generations were also reputed for their spartan cabins and lack of technology. The new Defender adequately embraces technology and gets a new range of modern petrol and diesel engines from across the available range. Both the past and present Defenders were made to be off-roading SUVs, but there is no harm in comparing attributes to see where each excels better than the other.
Tug Of War: New Land Rover Defender vs Two Old Defenders
Land Rover introduced the new Defender two years ago around this time. While it seemed rugged and strong on paper and turned out to be a rather sweet package, a lot of purists didn’t find the old-school charm in it anymore, which wasn’t wrong. But, how does it compare to its predecessors in terms of pure strength? Mat Watson from Carwow decided to find the answer by pitting it against two yesteryear Land Rover Defenders in a tug of war. While one of them featured a diesel mill, the other was an electrified version. Which SUV do you think has the edge?
2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition
What’s the first car that comes to mind when you hear "James Bond?" Aston Martin DB5 is for sure on the top list. In the "Goldfinger" movie it made a perfect team with Sean Connery. But, there are other cars too - maybe not as iconic - that are related to the famous movie. "No time to die" - the last iteration from the James Bond series - is set to premiere at the end of September, 2021. To celebrate its debut, Land Rover announced the special edition Defender V8 Bond Edition. It comes as no surprise, as the new Defender will be a star in "No time to die."
This Modest-Looking Himalaya HUE 166 Has a Big Surprise Under the Hood
The term "Sleeper" is being used all over the place. An RS6, M5, or even E63 AMG with their large wheels, massive exhausts, "air" intakes, and wide bodywork, are cars that aren’t necessarily sleepers at all anymore. The Himalaya Hue 166, with its big 650 horsepower, V-8 engine based on the Land Rover Defender 110, and understated looks, aims to change that.
2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Ultimate Edition - The New Flagship Range Rover Sport
Land Rover has introduced a new flagship model of the Range Rover Sport called the SVR Ultimate Edition. It sits above the standard SVR in the hierarchy and is pricier than even the SVR Carbon Edition. The SUV comes with a whole lot of cosmetic upgrades that differentiate it from the other trims. As for the power, the SUV will come with a V-8 mill under the hood. Bookings are now open, but the automaker hasn’t announced when the deliveries will commence.
2021 Land Rover Defender 110 by Heritage Customs
Netherlands-based Heritage Customs is known for its Land Rover Defender builds. The aftermarket company has created many bespoke editions of the yesteryear and the new Defender models. The company has again created a bespoke model for a TV celebrity, Winston Gerschtanowitz, based on the new Defender 110 called the Valiance.
Land Rover Defender SVR To Feature A 600-Horsepower BMW-Sourced V-8 Under The Hood!
As far as SUVs go, the Land Rover Defender has been the talk of talks in recent times. That is a big achievement, given the variety of SUVs. Not to mention the crazy demand. We already know that, for 2022, the Defender will get a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 525 horsepower (391 kilowatts) and 461 pound-feet (625 Nm). We expect this to be the familiar from Jaguar 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. However, this will not be the top version for long, as something bigger is coming. This, of course, being the Defender SVR, which will reportedly put out in excess of 600 horsepower, from a BMW engine.
2022 Land Rover Defender Trophy Edition
Land Rover set out to tell a story with its latest special edition – The Defender Trophy Edition. It’s designed specifically to pay tribute to the Defender’s long-standing expedition legacy. It’s inspired by the Land Rover Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy and is based on the 2022 Defender 110 P400 X-Dynamic SE (boy that’s a mouthful.) Production will be capped at 220 units, some of which will undoubtedly be equipped with the Extended Black Exterior Pack that you see on the model in these images.
As you’d expect from Land Rover, the Defender Trophy Edition comes standard will all kinds of extra all-terrain equipment including a roof rack, front under shield, deployable ladder, winch installation kit, air compressor, an deep-sided floormats. The list continues with a tow hitch receiver, ClearSight RearView, and Air Suspension. This limited edition will be available from August 2021, and will be priced at $90,000. If you’re in Europe, I’m sorry to break your heart, but this is a U.S. only affair.
Ineos Grenadier – The Old-School Defender That Land Rover Doesn’t Make Anymore
There are high chances you would’ve heard of the name ‘Ineos’. It is a U.K.-based petrochemicals group. You must have even seen the name across the Mercedes F1 cars, America’s Cup team boats, and also ‘Ineos Grenadiers’, a cycling team previously known as Sky.
Now, Ineos has dipped its toes into the automotive segment and has come up with an SUV called Ineos Grenadier. The SUV is heavily inspired by the yesteryear Land Rover Defender. While it may look the part, is it as hardcore as the original model? Carfection finds out.
Jaguar Land Rover Is Making Big Moves to Fix Its Reputation
When an automaker is in turbulent times, sometimes all it takes is the right person to turn it all around. Take Jaguar and Land Rover for example – two companies that have been plagued by quality and reliability issues to the point that the whole world knows just how bad they really are. And I’m not even exaggerating, either. In What Car’s 2020 reliability survey, Land Rover landed dead last in position No. 31 with a score of 78.2-percent, or 10-percent less than Renault at 87.6-percent in position No. 30. Jaguar did a little better in position 21 with a score of 91.8-percent, but you get the idea – neither company is known for two things that matter the most. There was even a protest at JLR’s Shanghai headquarters in 2018 over poor performance. For 2021 and beyond, however, both brands could very well see a completely different fortune.
The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit
Since the mid-80s the Land Rover’s Defender’s name has stood for one of the most original and indestructible off-road vehicles in automotive history. Over the past 70 years, the model known solely by its brand name has only bee discreetly improved - until incompatibilities with pedestrian protection ultimately sealed its fate in early 2016.
This Land Rover Defender From the ‘80s Has Been Completely Revamped
The 20th century Land Rover Defenders are a hot commodity today. A lot of tuners and aftermarket companies undertake restomod operations and give the erstwhile model a modern twist. AutotopiaLA has uploaded a video of a project done by Fusion Motorsport wherein a 30-year old red Land Rover Defender went under the knife. It came out with fresh skin, a new look, and even a new heart. Neat job, huh?
What is the Cheapest Land Rover?
The Discovery Sport is the most affordable Land Rover in 2019. Priced from $37,990, it’s also the only Land Rover to fetch less than $40,000. The company’s smallest crossover, the Range Rover Evoque, retails from $42,650, while all other vehicles cost in excess of $50,000.
What is the Sportiest Land Rover?
The "Sport" in Range Rover Sport mainly describes the vehicle’s smaller size compared to the standard Range Rover, but the brand’s SVR division adds high-performance credentials similar to those found in some Jaguar cars. Not only significantly more powerful than other Land Rovers, the Range Rover Sport SVR also features a sportier chassis with a lower ride and stiffer springs, as well as carbon-fiber components. It’s also a bit more aerodynamic while the revised front fascia provides enhanced cooling to the engine and the bigger brakes. The supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine shared with the Jaguar F-Type produces an impressive 567 horsepower. The Range Rover Sport SVR is suitable for track use despite its size and weight.
What is the Most Popular Land Rover?
The Range Rover Sport is the company’s most popular model in the United States, taking around 26 percent of national sales in recent years. The Range Rover Velar, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, and the Range Rover Evoque are also high sellers with more than 1,000 units delivered monthly, but they don’t get close to the Range Rover Sport’s sales of almost 2,000 examples per month.
What is the Most Expensive Land Rover?
The Range Rover, the company’s largest SUV, is also the most expensive. Packed with luxury features and state-of-the-art tech, the Range Rover retails from $90,900 before options. Opt for the long-wheelbase model with the 557-horsepower V-8 and SVAutobiography trim and pricing jumps to a whopping $210,795. Go crazy with the fancy options and the Range Rover can fetch close to $260,000.
What is the Fastest Land Rover?
The powerful Range Rover Sport SVR is also the fastest Land Rover. The 567-horsepower V-8 engine pushes the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. No other Land Rover can hit the benchmark this quick. Its top speed is also superior to any other vehicle from the brand at 176 mph.
Are Land Rover Cars Reliable?
The old Land Rover Series models and the Defender were among the most reliable SUVs on the market. They were built like tanks and were famed for their capabilities, easy repairs, and thus remained on the road for decades. However, the modern Land Rover brand isn’t as reliable as it used to be. Consistent reports of unreliability turned the British brand into one of the least reliable companies. Less than 10 years ago, Land Rover was declared the least reliable car on the road with more than 70 percent of used vehicles breaking down each year. Things weren’t as bad in 2019, when Land Rover vehicles usually ranked at average. This isn’t very good given the prices Land Rover charges for its models. The Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Evoque are the most reliable SUVs from the brand.