The new Land Rover Defender has been bestowed with two globally recognised awards being named overall Car of the Year while also securing the Unstoppable Force award in this year’s TopGear.com Awards.
Judges praised the new Defender for being one of the toughest vehicles on the road today, and a brilliant successor to the original iconic Land Rover, as a car for the 21st Century that performs brilliantly everywhere.
Top Gear Magazine Editor Jack Rix said, “Car of the Year is an accolade won by only the very best of the best. We recognise that replacing an icon is an unenviable task, and one Land Rover rightly took its time to get right. Congratulations to everyone at Land Rover.”
Jaguar Land Rover Product Engineering Executive Director Nick Rogers said, “It is an honour to receive Top Gear’s Car of the Year award for our new Defender. Right from the start of creating this vehicle, we were obsessed about respecting its heritage and keeping its true authenticity, as well as ensuring it is completely fitting for today’s ever-evolving world. We worked tirelessly to deliver a vehicle that has incredible off-road capability, as well as on-road poise and driveability. We ensured that the new Defender is completely connected, with our new Pivi Pro infotainment system and Software Over the Air (SOTA) updates to continually enhance the Defender operating system.
“We are especially proud of this recognition from Top Gear, which is a testament to the dedication of our JLR Family who have created a vehicle that we believe is truly worthy of the Defender name.”
With over 30 global accolades to date for the new Defender, the Top Gear prizes are among numerous awards that the Land Rover Defender has taken home this year. Awards include Motortrend’s 2021 SUV of the year, Autocar’s Best SUV 2020 and Parker’s Best Off-roader.
The new Defender has been through over 62,000 tests for engineering sign-off, while the chassis and body architecture have been engineered to withstand Land Rover’s Extreme Event Test procedure – repeated and sustained impacts, above and beyond the normal standard for SUV and passenger cars. With the latest new Defender, the Land Rover Defender family now encompasses the Defender 90 and Defender 110 versions.
The Defender was unveiled in Brunei Darussalam in August at Indera Motors’ Beribi Showroom, alongside 12 countries in Asia.