He is back: Land Rover launches a new edition of the Defender. But the new model hardly has anything in common with the legacy of off-road vehicles – at least technically.
Land Rover Defender
Almost four years ago, Land Rover hired the Defender – now the geology is making its comeback. The new edition, to be seen at the IAA in Frankfurt (public days: 12 to 22 September), is expected to be released at the turn of the year.
According to Land Rover, prices start at 55,600 euros for the 5.02-meter five-door model with the type code 110. A few weeks after the market launch, the manufacturer plans to supply the three-car shorter Defender 90 three-meter vehicle. He should cost at least 49 700 euros.
While the predecessor Defender was mostly changed in detail for more than 70 years, the manufacturer completely redesigned the new edition. Instead of a ladder frame, the Defender now uses a self-supporting body, whose structure was largely adopted by the model Discovery. The four-wheel drive is electronically controlled, numerous assistance systems are part of the standard.
The market premiere of the Land Rover Defender will feature two diesel and two petrol engines, including a mild hybrid version. Later, it will give the all-wheel drive with plug-in hybrid drive. The two four-cylinder diesel generate from two liters of displacement 147 kW / 200 hp and 177 kW / 240 hp. The same size four-cylinder gasoline engine comes to 221 kW / 300 hp.
On request with folding seat
For the top model with in-line six-cylinder Land Rover calls three liters of displacement and 294 kW / 400 hp. Thus, the Defender reaches speeds between 175 and 208 km / h and comes to fuel consumption of 7.6 liters of diesel (CO2 emissions: 199 g / km) to 9.6 liters of gasoline (CO2 emissions: 220 g / km).
The Land Rover Defender offers up to eight seats. In addition to a third bank in the maximum 2380-liter boot of the 110er Land Rover installed on customer request a folding seat between the driver and passenger. The additional seat is also available for the Defender 90.