Brian Joss – The Land Rover Defender now has advanced new powertrains, new model specifications and more options, making it even more attractive to a broader range of customers.
Driven by a passion and respect for the original, New Defender delivers transformational breadth of capability, using advanced all-terrain technologies to redefine adventure for the 21st century, while remaining true to the pioneering spirit that has been a Land Rover hallmark for more than 70 years.
For 2021 Model Year an advanced new Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model – the P400e – is key to Defender 110’s expanded appeal. Combining a powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 105kW electric motor, the P400e delivers substantial torque alongside low running costs, with CO2 emissions of just 74g/km and combined economy of 2.8l/100km. It will run in all-electric mode with zero tailpipe emissions for up to 43km, including off-road where the immediate torque from the electric motor makes Defender even more capable.
Alongside the new P400e, Land Rover’s powerful and efficient in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine joins the range. Strong performance, smooth responses and refinement combine to deliver another Defender that’s a world-class all-rounder on-road and an unrivalled expert off-road.
New X-Dynamic specification is available on both Defender 90 and 110, offering a selection of exterior and interior design elements which reflect the 4×4’s immense capability and ensures it stands out from the crowd.
The range of options for personalising Defender has grown too, with new colours including Yulong White, Silicon Silver and Carpathian Grey available in combination with a choice of contrast roof finishes. A selection of individual options are also now available for the first time, including the Folding Fabric Roof for Defender 110 and the choice of a Suspension Pack on Defender 90 while Premium LED headlights, Meridian Sound System, Head-Up Display and Front Fog Lights can all be added individually.
The new P400e Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) variant is key to the Defender’s latest enhancements. Available with the 110 body design, it delivers a blend of performance and economy while also being the most capable and durable electrified Land Rover. With unrivalled capability and off-road geometry for a full-sized plug-in hybrid electric 4×4, the P400e is capable of being driven in low range purely in EV mode, bringing a new dimension to adventures in the wild.
Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 221kW and a 105kW electric motor powered by a 19.2kWh battery, the P400e provides a combined output of 297kW from its advanced PHEV powertrain, delivering refined performance and responses, but with an all-electric range of 43km.
The Defender P400e produces as little as 74g/km of CO2 and is capable of 2.8l/100km. Alongside impressive fuel economy and emissions figures, the Defender P400e has a 0-100km/h of 5.6 seconds and will reach a top speed of 191km/h.
Standard on all Defender P400e models are 20-inch alloy wheels, Electronic Air Suspension and a charging port located on the left-hand side of the vehicle. All PHEV variants come with a Mode 3 charging cable as standard, while an optional Mode 2 cable is also available. The Mode 3 charging cable enables charging to 80 per cent in two hours, while charging via a Mode 2 cable will take around seven hours to charge to 80 per cent – perfect for home charging overnight. Using a rapid charger, the P400e charges to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes.
The Defender P400e is available with the option of five or six seats, standard three-zone climate control, Privacy Glass and Solar Attenuating Glass. Specific to the PHEV variant is regenerative braking, a key technological component in achieving impressive fuel economy, recuperating energy lost under deceleration and braking and sending it back into the battery pack make Defender the toughest and most durable Land Rover.
Defender offers high and low range off-road capabilities in full electric mode, alongside delivering superior off-road geometry for a plug-in hybrid vehicle, ensuring Defender’s immense capability is shared across all engine and powertrain options. These characteristics are also key to the Defender’s ability to tow – the P400e can tow up to 3,000kg, and is capable of carrying a roof load of 168kg (dynamic) or 300kg (static).
A new in-line six-cylinder diesel option is now available, offering enhanced torque delivery, smooth responses and improved fuel economy. The new 3.0-litre D300 delivers 221kW and 650Nm, providing a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds for the Defender 90 and 7 seconds for the 110.
The X-Dynamic’s name gives a clue to its identity. Like all Defender models, it’s supremely capable and tough, but with a suite of enhancements to deliver a tougher look and feel, courtesy of exterior accents, including Silicon Satin front and rear skid pans, with matching grille bar and badging plus Rear Recovery Loops in Satin Black.
Inside, unique elements include illuminated metal treadplates and Robustek seat material in Duotone colour finish with Robustek ribbon accent and Console Finishers. Robustek is a highly robust and protective material inspired by textiles used in extreme outdoor situations. It’s hard-wearing and resistant to abrasions, with a hexagonal pattern and unique texture that adds greater depth to the Defender’s interior. Inspired by workman’s gloves and patches on motorbike jackets, it follows Defender’s theme of being entirely fit for purpose with carefully thought-out materials that are attractive but entirely suitable, robust and hard-wearing.
Individual options and packs have changed across the Defender line-up, including a broader selection of exterior colour options, making the Defender more customisable than ever.
The new colours are Yulong White, Silicon Silver, Hakuba Silver and Carpathian Grey, with white or black Contrast Roofs available with all colours.
Individual options now available to expand the Defender’s existing specification include the Folding Fabric Roof for Defender 110, Premium LED headlights with Signature DRL, Meridian Sound System, Head-Up Display and Front Fog Lights.
With the exception of a P400e plug-in-hybrid (PHEV), the Defender 90 is powered by the same range of powerful and capable petrol and diesel Ingenium engines including a 3.0-litre turbocharged P400 with MHEV technology and the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol P300, alongside the new in-line six-cylinder
D300 and the 2.0-litre turbodiesel D240. Like the 110, all Defender 90 models use a smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox, with permanent all-wheel drive.
Inside, the 90 features the same practical interior design as the 110, with a range of models to choose from across S, X-Dynamic SE, X-Dynamic HSE, X, and First Edition models depending on engine choice. All deliver a unique take on the Defender identity, giving customers a broad choice of interior colours and specifications that perfectly complement the suite of technologies available.
With space for up to six, the driver and passengers all benefit from the spacious interior, despite an overall length that’s shorter than a compact family hatchback. The Defender 90 also provides a tight a turning circle of 11.3m for excellent manoeuvrability. Defender 90 is also available with a choice of four Accessory Packs: Adventure, Country, Explorer and Urban – giving customers the ability to take their Defender anywhere they want, with the equipment to get there with ease.
The updated 2021 Model Year Defender 110 and 90 will be available in South Africa in the first half of next year.
CAPTION: Coming your way in 2021: the Defender P400e Plug-In Hybrid. Picture: Motorpress