New Land Rover Defender revealed
10 September 2019
Author: Sean Keywood
The all-new Land Rover Defender has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show.
It is the hotly-anticipated replacement for the original Defender, the iconic utilitarian off-roader which made its debut badged simply as the Land Rover in 1948, and was produced until 2016.
Features designed to ape the original car include exterior styling with minimal front and rear overhangs, and an interior where usually hidden structural elements and fixings are exposed.
Land Rover says the new Defender, which is available to order now, has 291mm of ground clearance and a maximum wading depth of 900mm, while its Terrain Response 2 system helps to further boost off-road performance.
The new Defender is firstly being offered as a 110 long-wheelbase model, with five-seater, six-seater, and five-plus-two seater configurations available.
A shorter wheelbase 90 model, able to seat up to six, will subsequently join the range, along with commercial versions.
Launch engine options are a pair of 2.0-litre diesels with 200hp and 240hp, a 2.0-litre mild hybrid petrol with 300hp, and a 3.0-litre mild hybrid petrol with 400hp.
Land Rover says the diesels both offer fuel economy of 37.2mpg, and NEDC-Correlated CO2 emissions of 199g/km.
A plug-in hybrid version is also due to join the range next year.
Standard on-board technology includes a 10in touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, while safety systems include a driver condition monitor and lane keep assist.
Available equipment grades above the base model are S, SE, HSE and X, and there is also a First Edition launch model.
Range prices for the Defender 110 start at £45,240 for a 200hp diesel base model, and rise as high as £78,700 for a 400hp petrol X.
Land Rover says the 90, when it arrives, will be priced from around £40,000.