The 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show has played host to the upcoming and highly anticipated Land Rover Defender, but is it as capable and versatile as the previous version? Lets find out!
Well… JLR claims the new and upcoming Defender to be ‘An icon reimagined for the 21st century’. Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said:“We have created the new Defender to ensure it is ready for anything, with a design that has been inspired by the past, not constrained by it. Its elemental grille, sophisticated surfacing and commanding stance give the entire family a modernity and confidence that set it apart, while simultaneously retaining the essential elements that make a Defender so recognisable.”
The completely revamped exterior design is still distinct from the rest of the Land Rover family, with design features including minimal front and rear overhangs, a purposeful upright stance and Alpine light windows in the roof, while retaining the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally-mounted spare wheel.
The minimalistic and purpose driven interior design of the previous model has been embraced by having those structural elements and fixings that are usually hidden from view have now been exposed, with modern features including a dash-mounted gear shifter to accommodate an optional central front ‘jump’ seat, which provides three-abreast seating across the front like early Land Rovers.
The new Defender will be available in 90 and 110 body designs. The Defender 110 has been confirmed to be available in five, six or 5+2 seating configurations, with a loadspace behind the second-row seats of up to 1,075 litres, and as much as 2,380-litres when the second row is folded. The Defender 90 will be able to accommodate six occupants in a vehicle the length of a compact family hatchback.
As far as capability is concerned, the new Defender 110 is built on the maker’s new purpose-engineered D7x (for extreme) architecture is based on a lightweight aluminium monocoque construction to create the stiffer body structure. Powergtrains confirmed for Mzansi include a 294kW/550Nm 3.0litre straight-6 P400 engine with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology. Also confirmed is a 177kW/430Nm 2.0litre D240 turbodiesel unit that will follow later in 2020. Both units will be mated to a permanent all-wheel drive and a twin-speed automatic gearbox. A centre differential and optional Active Locking Rear Differential are also on the cards. Configurable Terrain Response for a more individual driving setup is also available when using the intelligent Auto function.
The model range comprises Defender, First Edition and top of the range Defender X models, as well as standard, S, SE, HSE specification packs along with four customisation packs (Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban Packs). In addition to the Accessory Packs, new Defender is available with the widest choice of individual accessories with everything from a Remote Control Electric Winch, Rooftop Tent and Inflatable Waterproof Awnings to more conventional tow bar systems and roof racks.
The new Land Rover Defender has been confirmed to be available throughout the first year of production is an exclusive First Edition model that features a unique specification.