The Zenith Defy 21 represents a high performance, modern take on the cherished El Primero movement. Sure, it doesn’t have the charm you’ll find in something like the A386, but it pushes the architecture into a new direction and appeals to a new generation of enthusiasts in the process. This dichotomy parallels a similar journey happening at Land Rover in their task of bringing the Defender into the 21st century with an all new generation for MY2020. It’s only fitting then, that Zenith was tasked with designing a Defy 21 to celebrate the new Defender, as each looks to build new chapters atop their illustrious past without losing too much soul in the process.
The Land Rover Defender is famous for (among other things) just how little it has actually changed since being introduced in 1983 (or further, if you count the Series I, II, and III). It’s squared off, boxy body became synonymous with ruggedness over its lifespan thanks to pairing capable (if not always dependable) powertrains with minimal interior fuss; the Defender is a testament to function over form everywhere you look. For 2020, Land Rover has given the Defender new life as a thoroughly modern SUV, including amenities that OG D90 and D110 owners wouldn’t have dreamed of (nor welcomed, most likely). The back end is still squared off, and the powertrain is still capable as ever, but this is no throwback by any stretch.