Almost two years in and we still have a hard time believing the Defender has been reborn. This icon, unavailable on American shores for over twenty years, returned at the end of 2020 as a trail-ready, technological marvel that paid stylistic homage to that past without a trace of kitsch. Filling the shoes of a giant isn't easy, but the new Defender is doing quite well so far.
For 2022, V-8 power is now on the menu in the form of a 518-horse, supercharged 5.0-liter engine that's also used extensively throughout the Range Rover line. The new engine comes standard in the also-new Carpathian edition, which sits at the top of the lengthy list of trim levels. It gets nearly every feature Land Rover offers on the Defender, and prices begin north of $100,000 for both two-door and four-door models.
The four-door Defender 110 gains its own exclusive trim this year, denoted XS. Meant as the replacement for the inaugural First Edition, it gets unique exterior touches comes in four colors.