Land Rover Defender (L663)

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Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Defender at IAA 2019 IMG 0646.jpg
Land Rover Defender 110
Overview
ManufacturerJaguar Land Rover
Production2020-
Model years2020-
AssemblySlovakia: JLR plant, Nitra
DesignerGerry McGovern
Body and chassis
Body style
PlatformD7x
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
  • ZF 8-speed automatic
  • 2-speed transfer case
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • 90: 2,587 mm (101.9 in)
  • 110: 3,022 mm (119.0 in)
Length
  • 90: 4,583 mm (180.4 in)
  • 110: 5,018 mm (197.6 in)
Width2,008 mm (79.1 in)
Height
  • 90 (air susp): 1,974 mm (77.7 in)
  • 90 (coil susp): 1,969 mm (77.5 in)
  • 110: 1,967 mm (77.4 in)
Chronology
PredecessorLand Rover Defender (L316)

The Land Rover Defender is a four-wheel drive off-road SUV from British automotive company Jaguar Land Rover. The car was launched on 10 September 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Background[edit]

Defender 110

The Defender, which is a replacement for the original Land Rover Defender (1983-2016), was unveiled on 10 September 2019 at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. One version of the Land Rover Defender will be sold initially, the 5-door Defender 110, which is due to start delivery to customers in early 2020, to be followed by the 3-door Defender 90 in late 2020.[1][2]

Design[edit]

The car, which shares no components or technology with its predecessor Defender model, features permanent all-wheel drive, locking differentials, and a two-speed transfer case. Unlike the previous Defender models, the new model will feature an aluminium unibody instead of a body-on-frame construction. [3] All Defender 110 variants come with air suspension as standard whilst the 90 can be optioned with coil springs or air suspension.

Specifications[edit]

Defender 90

The Defender 110 is 5,018 mm (197.6 in) long including the spare wheel on the rear door, or 4,758 mm (187.3 in) without it, and has a wheelbase of 3,022 mm (119.0 in). The Defender 90 is 4,583 mm (180.4 in) long including the spare wheel and 4,323 mm (170.2 in) without, with a weight from 2,133 kilograms (4,702 lb) with a 4-cylinder diesel engine.[4]

Defender 90 models with coil spring suspension have a ground clearance of 226 mm (8.9 in) whilst the 110 and the 90 with air suspension have a maximum ground clearance of 291 mm (11.5 in).[5]

The initial engine choice will be from the following JLR Ingenium engines: D200 - a 196 bhp (146 kW) 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel with a fuel consumption of 32.2 mpg‑imp (8.8 L/100 km; 26.8 mpg‑US)), the D240 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel of 237 bhp (177 kW) and 32.2 mpg‑imp (8.8 L/100 km; 26.8 mpg‑US), the P300 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol of 296 bhp (221 kW) and 25.1 mpg‑imp (11.3 L/100 km; 20.9 mpg‑US) and the P400 3.0-litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol mild hybrid of 395 bhp (295 kW) and 25.6 mpg‑imp (11.0 L/100 km; 21.3 mpg‑US)).

All variants are fitted with a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission coupled with a 2-speed transfer case.[6]

Trim levels[edit]

The Defender is available in Standard, S, SE, HSE and X trim lines. Land Rover also offers four accessory packs, called Explorer, Adventure, Urban and Country, which include various accessories such as a raised air intake, extended mud flaps, a side-mounted storage box, and more.

The entry-level models will come equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Interior[edit]

Interior

The Defender 90 comes with a standard front jump seat that adds a third seating position to the front row. Models with front bucket seats can be equipped with a wide centre console.

The car debuts Jaguar Land Rover's Pivi Pro infotainment system, accessed through a 10-inch touch screen.

Manufacture[edit]

The cars are to be built at Jaguar Land Rover's Nitra plant in Slovakia.[6] The manufacturing facility in Nitra was opened on 25 October 2018. The plant covers an area of about 300,000 square metres.[7]

Future variants[edit]

Commercial van variant

Land Rover have announced that a commercial edition of the vehicle, which will remove the rear seats, and rear side windows, is to go on sale in 2020.[5]

A PHEV version has also been announced which is reported to arrive in 2020.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McIlroy, John (10 September 2019). "It's back: new 2020 Land Rover Defender reinvents the icon". Auto Express. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  2. ^ Holder, Jim (10 September 2019). "New Land Rover Defender: icon reborn as tough upmarket 4x4". Autocar. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  3. ^ "2020 Land Rover Defender: Engineering overview | CarAdvice". CarAdvice.com. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  4. ^ Allen, Lawrence (11 September 2019). "Defender reborn as tough upmarket 4x4". Autocar. No. 6375. Haymarket Media Group. pp. 10–19.
  5. ^ a b "2020 Land Rover Defender: official photos, price, off-road ability and on sale date". Sunday Times Driving. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b Barry, Ben (10 September 2019). "New Land Rover Defender revealed in Frankfurt". Car. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  7. ^ Jaguar Land Rover OPENS new Slovakian Plant as Discovery production heads East Cars UK. 27 October 2018.
  8. ^ Ruffo, Gustavo Henrique. "This Will Be The First PHEV Land Rover Defender… Eventually". InsideEVs. Retrieved 2019-09-11.

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