Land Rover has unveiled the All New Defender at the ongoing 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Termed as the Best Defender ever the all new version of the iconic model is built for adventurous hearts and curious minds, for those who know the value of community and strive to make a difference as Land Rover likes to put it. This is the first full redesign of the Defender in 68 years of its existence.
Land Rover had stopped production of the Defender in 2016 ending their longest running model. Now with the All New Defender the legendary brand makes a huge comeback.
The Defender switches to unibody platform from the earlier ladder on frame platform. The Land Rover Defender is built on the brand new D7x architecture engineered to withstand the Extreme Event Test procedure, above and beyond the normal standard for SUV. The original iconic Land Rover Defender styling is retained with loads of new design touches added to the styling.
The SUV now comes with high-tech terrain systems, and an upmarket interior. The styling is upright and boxy very much typical to the original Defender. Other typical Defender styling include the side-hinged tailgate and externally-mounted spare wheel. Modern touches include a neatly styled set of LED head and tail-lights giving the 21st century look to the SUV.
The Defender comes with an permanent all-wheel drive system thats standard along with two-speed transfer case and locking centre differential. There also is an option of a rear locking differential. Latest generation Land Rover ‘Terrain Response’ system is being offered on the new Defender.
On the inside the All New Land Rover Defender blends classic Land Rover styling with latest generation packaging. The 10 inche infotainment system comes with All New Privi Pro OS driving it. Wireless charging, smartphone mirroring, and Bluetooth capable of connecting to two devices are standard on the SUV. The instrument cluster is an 12.3-inch digital colour display, along with a full-colour head-up display.
The transmission shifter has been moved to the dash thus freeing up space for a third, central ‘jump seat’ up front, while the climate control, off-road mode buttons, and volume knob are also housed below the touchscreen. Due to the large spare wheel mounted on the rear the Defender comes with a rear view camera that acts like the rear view mirror.
Boot space is 646L in the 110 loaded to the rear-seat backrests height or 1075L loaded to the roof, with a maximum carrying capacity of 2380L with the 40/20/40 second row folded flat. The 5+2 model has slightly lower capacities, offering 464L, 916L, and 2233L respectively.
The Land Rover Defender 110 offers 291mm of ground clearance, 38 degrees approach, 28 degrees breakover, 40 degrees departure with 900mm wading depth capabilities.
The Defender also gets its base boot floor fully rubberized and has flush-fitting sills.
At launch, the petrol line-up comprises a four-cylinder P300 and a powerful six-cylinder P400, featuring efficient Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology. Alternatively, customers can choose from a pair of four-cylinder diesels – the D200 and powerful D240 with 147kW for the first and the latter 177kW of power output. Both offer 430Nm of torque, and both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
New Defender will be available in 3 door 90 and 5 door 110 body designs, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110. The model range comprises Defender, First Edition and top of the range Defender X models, as well as standard, S, SE, HSE specification packs.
Customers will be able to personalise their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover with four Accessory Packs. The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban Packs each give Defender a distinct character with a specially selected range of enhancements. The exclusive First Edition model features a unique specification and will be available throughout the first year of production.
Customers will also be able to opt for a new Satin Protective Film to make the exterior paintwork even more durable. The sustainable, solvent-free and completely recyclable wrap helps protect against everything from car park scratches to bramble rash and will be available as a factory-fit option with Indus Silver, Gondwana Stone and Pangea Green colours, providing a unique contemporary finish as it protects new Defender’s paintwork.
In addition to the Accessory Packs, new Defender is available with the widest choice of individual accessories ever assembled for a new Land Rover, with everything from a Remote Control Electric Winchº, Rooftop Tent and Inflatable Waterproof Awnings to more conventional tow bar systems and roof racks.