Jaguar Land Rover has announced a raft of exciting updates to its new Defender range.
The shorter wheelbase Defender 90 model can now be ordered for the first time and a new Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) powertrain has been added to the range.
In addition a six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine is coming on stream, the commercial Hard Top models are joining the Defender family, a new X-Dynamic specification is being launched and more besides.
As Jaguar Land Rover moves towards offering electrified versions of all its models the addition of a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model – the P400e – will be welcomed by many.
It combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 105kW electric motor.
The 404PS P400e delivers plenty of torque alongside low running costs, with CO2 emissions of just 74g/km and combined economy of 85.3mpg.
It will run in all-electric mode with zero tailpipe emissions for up to 27 miles (43km), including off-road where the immediate torque from the electric motor makes the Defender even more capable.
Alongside the new P400e, Land Rover’s powerful and efficient in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine joins the range.
New X-Dynamic specification is available on both Defender 90 and 110, offering a selection of exterior and interior design elements which enhance its rugged go-anywhere character and help it stand out.
The range of options for personalising Defender has grown too, with new colours 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 can all be added individually.
“Defender customers have more choice than ever with a full selection of exterior and interior colours and trims, including the distinctive new X-Dynamic model and choice of 90 and 110 body designs.”
Defender P400e Plug-In Hybrid
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.
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 300PS and a 105kW electric motor powered by a 19.2kWh battery, the P400e provides a combined output of 404PS from its advanced PHEV powertrain, delivering refined performance and responses, but with an all-electric range of 27 miles.
The Defender P400e produces as little as 74g/km of CO2 and is capable of up to 85.3mpg (3.3l/100km).
It has a 0-60mph time of 5.4 seconds and will reach a top speed of 130mph.
Iain Gray, senior manager, powertrain advanced engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The advanced new P400e Plug-In Hybrid perfectly balances performance with fuel economy and all-electric off-road capability.
“The latest model also provides refined and powerful new in-line six-cylinder diesel engines that bring improvements in fuel economy and drivability. They join a comprehensive range of powertrain options for Defender.”
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.
The PHEV powertrain brings superior off-road capabilities too. The linear torque delivery enabled by the electric motor and smooth, powerful petrol engine combine for ultimate flexibility, working seamlessly with the advanced systems.
New Ingenium in-line six-cylinder diesel engine and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
A new in-line six-cylinder diesel option from the Ingenium engine family is now available, offering enhanced torque delivery, smooth responses and improved fuel economy thanks to its Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology and a new Intelligent All Wheel Drive system.
Sitting at the top of the range, the D300 delivers enhanced power and torque, with 300PS and 650Nm of torque, providing a 0-60mph time of 6.3 seconds for the Defender 90.
The MHEV technology contributes to enhanced fuel economy through an efficient Stop/Start system which cuts the engine at a standstill, as well as recuperating energy normally lost under braking or decelerating. This energy is then sent back into the battery pack and can be redeployed later. A key benefit of MHEV is that this energy is used when accelerating, delivering faster responses for greater performance.
The new intelligent driveline system continually varies axle torque based on sensor data from the vehicle’s surroundings and driver inputs to distribute all torque to one axle or the other as required.
This intelligent torque distribution system optimises the driveline for traction, on-road dynamics and driveline efficiency, resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
In combination with MHEV technology and the superior refinement of the in-line six-cylinder engine, the diesel Defenders are more economical, more responsive and more refined than the engines they supercede.
The D200 and D240 become D200 and D250 models for 2021, using the same in-line six-cylinder Ingenium engine as the D300 with 200PS and 249PS respectively.
An uplift in torque delivers enhanced usability, with 500Nm (D200) and 570Nm (D250) available, utilising MHEV technology to boost fuel efficiency and reduce emissions across the diesel Defender line-up.
The new Ingenium D200 and D250 return 32.2mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 230g/km, and 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds and 7.9 seconds respectively on Defender 110.
New X-Dynamic trim expands the choice of specifications in the Defender range.
The X-Dynamic has 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.
All alloy wheels come in Satin Dark Grey/Gloss Black finish, alongside Narvik Black mirror caps, window decals and lower sill and wheel arch cladding.
The interior includes illuminated metal treadplates and Robustek seat material in Duotone colour finish with Robustek ribbon accent and Console Finishers.
Robustek is a robust and protective material inspired by textiles used in extreme outdoor situations. It’s hard-wearing and resistant to abrasions.
Inspired by workman’s gloves and patches on motorbike jackets, it follows the Defender’s theme of being fit for purpose.
The Robustek material is standard on all X-Dynamic models in a range of colourways dependent on the specification pack.
X-Dynamic interior badging and centre console finishers also distinguish the new addition, alongside the Light Grey Cross-Car Beam Powder Coat, Ebony Morzine headlining and Eiger Grey satin door handles.
Greater personalisation with new colours and options
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.
Expanding the number of bundled option packs, Defender can now be specified with a Blind Spot Assist Pack, and a choice of a Family Pack or Family Pack Plus. The Family Pack adds third-row seating with three-zone climate with rear cooler and Cabin Air Ionisation, while the Family Pack Plus brings heated third row seats.
Alongside the Defender 110, the Defender 90 gives customers even more choice.
Powered by the same range of petrol and diesel Ingenium engines featuring Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology, the Defender 90 is available with up to six seats when fitted with the jump seat in the front row.
Petrol Defender options include the P300 and P400 with MHEV technology, alongside the new in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine in D200, D250 and D300 power outputs.
Like the 110, all Defender 90 models use an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with permanent all-wheel drive on petrol variants and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive on the new diesel versions. Inside, the 90 features the same practical interior design as the 110, with a range of models to choose from across Defender, X-Dynamic, First Edition and X models, as well as S, SE and HSE packs.
Defender 90 is also available with a choice of four Accessory Packs: Adventure, Country, Explorer and Urban.
Defender Hard Top
Developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations in Ryton-on-Dunsmore on the edge of Coventry, the Defender Hard Top is the contemporary reimagining of a Land Rover legend.
Offering customers a commercial vehicle in both 90 and 110 body designs, it combines Defender capability with a large and flexible load area.
Land Rover say it is the toughest and most rugged member of the Defender family.
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The Hard Top combines off-road ability, practicality and cargo space, with a payload of up to 800kg on the 110 Hard Top and a towing capacity of up to 3,500kg with a flexible interior layout.
With no second or third-row seats, the Defender 110 Hard Top offers a load area of up to 2,059 litres (1,355 litres for the 90 Hard Top), while the option of the first-row jump seat means it can take up to three occupants in the front .
The Defender Hard Top powertrain line-up includes Land Rover’s range of in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines including the D200 on Defender 90, with D250 and D300 power options on the 110 Hard Top.
A range of specification packs are available for 110 Hard Top models.
A choice of suspension options is also available, with passive coil suspension standard on both 90 and 110 Hard Top models, and advanced Electronic Air Suspension available for 110 Hard Top.
The Defender 90 Hard Top is priced from £35,820 OTR (excluding VAT) in the UK, and the 110 Hard Top is priced from £43,012 OTR (excluding VAT).