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South Africa is due to receive some excellent new SUVs. We analyse the most notable ones.
Land Rover 90 – Because often, less is more
The Defender has been one of Land Rover's most significant challenges. It took way more time to develop than anticipated, which meant launching it during a dual crisis: Brexit and the Pandemic of 2020.
Despite this, it is everything that a modern Defender should be: iconic in shape and tremendous in its ability, with an enormous range of accessories. The only way the new Defender could be even better is by being shorter.
And this happens in 2021 with the local introduction of Defender 90. A more compact wheelbase makes it easier to drive and park in an urban environment, compared to the five-door 110.
For off-roaders, the superior terrain conquering angles will allow even more ambitious journeys of exploration. Defender 90 has a straddle angle that is three-degrees greater than a 110, which should prove very useful when rolling through a series of treacherously rocky obstacles.