The latest Land Rover Defender is the offroad you must have
If you want to see why a Land Rover Defender has such an illustrious history, you don't have to look far.
The initial defenders were a joint selection between the royal British family and the Queen's favorite stallion. Furthermore, the protector was an important feature for the British army and peasants in countless James Bond films. Find it as the off-road world Porsche.
Quick on today and Land Rover has finally unveiled its 2020 Defender, a completely refurbished ground-up vehicle that looks at the iconic name and shape of modern technology, security and animal comfort. These are not words you would normally associate with a Land Rover Defender, but after all, they are in 2020.
The new Defender will come in two models in the form of a large four-door 110 body and a smaller two-door 90 body. And while it looks quite new, enthusiasts are pleased to know that many of the original design features have still been retained by developers. The Land Rover has subtly rounded off the edges for an increasingly streamlined look, beginning with the classic box design. In a square but LED cover the front headlights keep the circle, the dome remains in contrast and the vertical back end still has an externally attached spare wheel. Even the rear tailgate was kept swing-open.
From there, it's a brand new design, beginning with an all-aluminum chassis, which the British carmaker claims have led to its best SUV ever. In the real world, that means better management and structural integrity.
Customization of the new Land Rover Defender prototype is almost limitless with 170 approved attachments eligible. These include things like roof racks, bumper alarms, snorkels, and winches.
For the first time, driving the vehicle will be a plug-in hybrid solution which has a petrol engine coupled to an electric motor. There are not too many specifics about this format yet, but it should be fascinating to see how appropriate it is in real off-road duty. Leading the gas-burning possibility are two four-cylinder turbo diesel engines of 147 kW or 177 kW with a torque of 430 Nm. Both of these motors were coupled to an eight-speed electric transmission.
Those with higher performance should opt for an inline-six turbo coupled to a 48V digital supercharger that provides 297kW and 550Nm of torque. That's enough to see the 0-100 km/h sprint sent in 6.1 seconds. Full-time four-wheel drive, lock differentials, and height-adjustable stand-alone suspension can please most off-road aficionados.
On the inside, travelers were greeted with a much smaller cabin still in DNA. Integrated keys, wood panels, exposed bolts, and heavy-duty plastic offer the interior a practical feel. The Defender 110 has three rows of seats for a total of seven spaces, while the Defender 90 has two rows of seats to accommodate up to six people in a smaller room.
The Defender's release into the world is a 12.3-inch digital display accompanied by a head-up monitor. Luggage space is also remarkable with a size of 646 liters in the Defender 110.
It rises to 1,075 liters with the roof area included and 2,380 liters with the second row folded down. Defender 90 decreases this strength by around 200 liters in each setup. Australian buyers may demand a cost of A$ 70,000 to see Defender 110 on showroom floors from June 2020. The smaller 90 will arrive at this stage at the end of 2020 at an undisclosed cost.