2020 Land Rover Defender: The Icon Finally Returns
Finally, after a long wait, the all-new Land Rover Defender has made its official debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The SUV will be available to the public in two wheelbase- 90 (3-door) and 110 (5-door). These are the same wheelbase as the old versions sold before.
The Land Rover Defender will initially go on sale in five-door Defender 110 wheelbase. The shorted 90 version will go on sale a little later. There will be a total of 6 variants across the 2 wheelbases available for the clients to choose from: Defender, S, SE, HSE, First Edition and top-spec X.
The Defender will also get a choice of four accessory packs: Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. All these packs come with extra features like an electronic winch, rooftop tent and much more. The new Defender has a neo-retro design with the boxy layout from the old days and other style elements like the squared-off wheel arches, high-set bonnet, and even the Alpine windows. At the rear, you’ll notice the side-hinged tailgate with a mounted spare wheel and squared-off LED taillights. Its modern features include automatic Matrix LED headlights with DRLs, 20-inch alloy wheels and a choice between a sliding panoramic sunroof and a folding fabric one.
Talking about the features of the car, Defender has a 291 mm of ground clearance, a 38-degree approach angle and 40-degree departure angle, 900mm maximum wading depth, 900kg maximum payload, 300kg roof load and up to 3,500kg towing capability.
The all-new 2020 Defender shares its platform with the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Discovery series, but with few modifications. This platform is called the D7x and is a monocoque unlike the traditional body-on-frame chassis found in the old. According to Land Rovers, it is the stiffest body structure it has produced.
The interiors follow the outer boxy design too, with a squared-off layout for the dashboard and a number of modern comforts. The SUV heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 14-way heated and cooled front seats with a manual headrest, ebony headliners, walnut dashboard layout and heated rear seats as well.
One interesting thing to note is the dash-mounted gear shifter which leaves room for an optional ‘jump’ seat as found on the earliest Defenders. Under the bonnet, the Defender’s engine options include a par of 4-cylinder diesel: D200 (200PS/430Nm) and D240 (240PS/430Nm). The petrol offerings have the P300 having 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine (300PS/400Nm) and the P400 that has 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder unit (400PS/550Nm) with mild-hybrid tech. Land Rover revealed that a plug-in hybrid version will be introduced at a later stage.
The power from the engine is put to the wheel through an AWD system with air suspension and has a terrain response system and active differentials with torque vectoring.
Land Rover also confirmed the Defender will go on sale in India by late 2020. It has not yet been out as to which version will be available here or its price but it is speculated that Defender 110 with its petrol and diesel engines will arrive first.