The 2021 World Car Design of the Year award has been won by the Land Rover Defender. This is the sixth time Jaguar Land Rover has been crowned as the winner since the award was officially introduced in 2004. The previous winners of this prestigious award are the Range Rover Evoque (in 2012), Jaguar F-type (in 2013), Jaguar F-PACE (in 2017), Range Rover Velar (in 2018) and Jaguar I-PACE (in 2019).
Seven highly-respected design experts from all over the world were present in the design panel. The cars were shortlisted based on each car’s review by these experts before the juror made his final vote. The juror panel consisted of renowned experts from the design and styling fields like Gernot Bracht, Ian Cullum, Gert Hildebrand, Patrick le Quement, Tom Matano, Victor Nacif, and Shiro Nakamura.
The new Land Rover Defender has received a huge appreciation and praise from worldwide auto journalists because of its impressive blending of older model traits and elements with modern design language. The old Land Rover Defender remains an iconic model. The designers were smart enough to retain some of the design traits from the old model and give some modern touches to it.
Professor Gerry McGovern OBE, the Chief Creative Officer at Jaguar Land Rover was quoted as saying, “The New Defender is influenced by its past but is not constrained by it and we are delighted it has been honoured with this award.” He stated that the new design makes it a compelling 4×4 that resonates with the emotions of a customer.
The new Jaguar Land Rover Defender comes in five variants— Base, S, SE, HSE, and First Edition and is available as the 3-door ‘90′ model and the longer 5-door ‘110′ model. It is imported as a completely built unit for India. The model is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 292hp and a peak torque of 400Nm.
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