The all-new Land Rover Defender boasts new tech and advanced off-road ability, with prices set to start at around £40k
Reinventing the Land Rover Defender, a car that accounts for Land Rover’s name and heritage, has been a tortuous exercise – one so long that it outlasted the original version of the vehicle, which ceased production in 2016. But Land Rover is hoping that a mix of improved off-road ability and considerable gains in everyday usability, refinement and packaging will help to widen the Defender’s appeal.
The new Land Rover Defender will also be available with a greater breadth of capabilities than any other Land Rover before. The line-up will range from humanitarian and military models through to lifestyle-orientated versions that can be supplemented with more than 170 individual accessories, likely taking the price into at least Range Rover territory and potentially well beyond £100,000 for top-end versions.
Initially, the five-door Land Rover Defender 110 will be priced from £45,240 and sold with four distinctive packs – called Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban – according to its likely use. The first customers will receive their cars in early 2020.
However, more compact three-door Land Rover Defender 90 models will go on sale shortly afterwards from around £40,000, as well as two Commercial models costing from around £35,000 plus VAT. Petrol, mild-hybrid and diesel options will be available at launch, with a plug-in hybrid expected to be launched in around 12 months’ time.
Initially, buyers will be able to choose from 296bhp four-cylinder and 396bhp six-cylinder petrol engines (badged P300 and P400 respectively), as well as 197bhp and 237bhp four-cylinder diesels (D200 and D240), which both average 37.2mpg and emit 199g/km of CO2. Those figures are comparable with the Discovery’s but fall short of most other rivals’.
The five-door 110 model will go on sale first, priced from £45,240, with the three-door 90 following shortly afterwards and likely to start at about £40,000. There will also be two Commercial models, costing from around £35,000 plus VAT, while a plug-in hybrid will join the range by next year, and a larger 130 model is being developed for launch in 2022.
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