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NEW Land Rover Defender: Redefined for the New Age

It’s finally back! The 2020 Land Rover Defender is here and ready for action. According to Land Rover, the new Defender is tough, capable and unstoppable, but will it be enough to please Defender fans?

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The old Defender has a place in all of our hearts, the rugged go-anywhere brute was a design icon and still a workhorse to this day.

Has Land Rover gone too soft with the new Defender? Or are they just moving with the times?

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Land Rover Defender.

New Land Rover Defender: Price and release date

The new Land Rover Defender starts from £40,000 for the shorter 90 variant that will join the line-up at a later date.

The long-wheelbase 110 Land Rover Defender will start from £45,240.

An even longer-wheelbase 130 Defender has been rumoured to join the line-up, but this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.

Delivery dates for the new Defender haven’t been confirmed yet, although, it is likely that the first customers will get their hands on the 2020 Defender towards the end of this year.

New Land Rover Defender: Exterior and design

The old Land Rover Defender developed a bit of a cult following for its brutal go-anywhere design and its willingness to tackle any job. The new Land Rover Defender has been redefined for the new age.

The new design takes the boxy image the outgoing model had and completely reforms the design with a subtle nod back to the old model. Another nod back to its history is the rear-mounted spare wheel. The general shape is still boxy, but rounded-off and smoothened out which is one of the main reasons many critics have compared it to the Discovery.

The 2020 Defender won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly appeals to those who want that off-road capability whilst still looking up-to-date with current automotive design trends.

To further customise and make the Defender your own, additional accessory packs can be added. These are made up of four packs, Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban.

Overall, the new Defender looks great, it modernises an iconic vehicle and it does it well.

New Land Rover Defender: Interior and technology

On the inside, the 2020 Land Rover Defender takes on a very simple, yet elegant design.

The new Defender’s interior is dominated by technology, a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen sits in the centre of the dashboard that includes Bluetooth compatibility, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also get the Defender with a 12.3” digital driver’s display that puts 3D navigation directly in the driver’s line of sight.

Another new feature includes a colour head-up display, this displays driver information but can also show the angle of the Defender’s wheels.

When the Range Rover Evoque was released, ClearSight Ground View technology featured as one of the most prominent new features. The system uses small cameras fitted to the front of the Defender, filming the ground directly Infront of the wheels, the image is then projected onto the infotainment screen which will come in quite handy off-road, but will probably get more use in a car park.

Defender models with six seats get ClearSight Rear View as standard, this changes the rear-view mirror into a digital screen and shows a projection of what the rear-view camera can see.

Some personalisation options are available for the Defender’s interior as well as a choice of three colour schemes.

The new Defender isn’t short of power either, by power we mean charging ports so your devices are always fully charged. In the front, you get 12V charging points and a USB port, second-row passengers also get the same and an additional USB socket.

For those who are partial to a bit of off-roading or have really messy kids, wipe-clean rubber mats can be fitted throughout the Defender.

New Land Rover Defender: Specification

Six trim levels are available on the new Land Rover Defender. This is kicked off with the £45,240 standard model, from there it’s the S, SE, HSE and First Edition. At the top of the Defender range is the Defender X.

As standard, the Defender gets a textile interior, S and SE models get grained leather and HSE models get Windsor leather. If you’re going to the top of the range to the Defender X you’ll get a combination of Windsor leather/eco-friendly textile.

The Standard Defender gets 18” steel wheels, heated windscreen, LED lights, puddle lights, eight-way adjustable heated front seats and a 10” Pivi Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Defender S variants feature 19” alloy wheels, leather steering wheel and centre console with armrest. Defender SE increases the wheel size to 20 inches and adds LED headlights with automatic levelling, blind-spot assist and on the 110 version, Isofix on the front passenger seat. Defender HSE is just that little bit more luxury, with sliding panoramic glass roof, matrix LED headlights, additional adjustment and cooling on the front seats, rear collision monitor and adaptive cruise control.

Think the trim levels end there? You’d be wrong, the Defender X brings further enhancements, exterior design tweak and more features; heated rear seats, illuminated metal tread plates, black contrast roof, Terrain Response 2 and a head-up display. The Defender X is only available with the P400 straight-six mild-hybrid powertrain.

New Land Rover Defender: Accessory packs

Four accessory packs can also be added for further customisation and to really make the new Defender unique to you.

The four accessory packs are made up of the following;

Explorer pack

The Land Rover Defender Explorer Pack is made for the off-road, it gives the Defender a raised air intake, roof rack, mud flaps, wheel arch protection and a spare wheel cover.

Adventure pack

The Adventure Pack brings a 6.5-litre water supply that feeds to its Portable Rinse System, so if you ever wanted to pack up and live a life on the road then the Land Rover Defender Adventure Pack is probably the one for you. The pack also included a scuff plate, spare wheel cover and mud flaps.

Country pack

The country pack gets you the Portable Rinse System, wheel arch protection, mud flaps and a scuff plate.

Urban pack

City car or a rugged off-roader, the Defender can do it all. The Urban Pack gives the new Defender extra styling details that make the Defender stand out from the rest of the range. A scuff plate features along with 22-inch wheels and bright metal pedals.

Fancy a spot of surfing? Good job the Defender Urban Pack adds JLR’s Activity Key, this allows drivers to remotely lock, unlock and even start your car.

New Land Rover Defender: Engines and performance

One petrol, two diesel and one petrol-electric mild-hybrid engines are available from launch, all come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Those who prefer the petrol engine will be able to choose between a turbocharged four-cylinder P300 engine and an efficient six-cylinder P400 MHEV powertrain. A 300hp engine will also be available and can sprint from 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds.

The choice of diesel engines consists of a four-cylinder D200 or D240 with sequential twin-turbo technology that will improve performance and economy.

The D200 delivers fuel economy of 37.2mpg and can do 0-60mph in 9.9 seconds. The more powerful D240 will do 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds and provides CO2 emissions of 199g/km

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Posted on 13th September 2019 at 2:21 PM

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