Land Rover Updates the Defender Range

Eat Sleep Drive Repeat

10 September 2020

Fresh new additions, including one with an old nameplate

It hasn’t been around all that long, but the Land Rover Defender range has already been updated.

The lineup now includes the Ingenium six-cylinder diesel with three output options:

The D200 has an output of 147kW / 500Nm, while the range topping D300 has figures of 220kW / 650Nm. The other diesel option, the D240, will be rebadged as the D250 in 2021, with an output of 183kW / 570Nm. All diesel models are fitted with Land Rover’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and mild hybrid technology.

Also joining the Defender lineup will be the plug-in hybrid P400e. Only available in the 110 body shape, power comes from the combination of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 220kW, and a 105kW electric motor powered by a 19.2kWh battery. Combined power output is 297kW, giving the hybrid a 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds.

The electrified drivetrain’s economy is boosted by the addition of regenerative braking, which charges the battery by recovering energy lost under braking and deceleration. The hybrid setup also increases the Defender’s already bulletproof off-road ability by combining the electric and petrol motors for a linear torque delivery. The P400e is capable of driving on or off-road (including low range) using electric power only. Its total electric range is 43km.

In the UK, Defender P400e will be bundled as standard with a more efficient and faster Mode 3 charging cable, while the more domestic-friendly Mode 2 cable as an option. Using the Mode 3 cable allows for an 80% charge in two hours, while Mode 2 takes around seven hours to reach the same capacity. The P400e is also compatible with a 50kW rapid charger, which achieves 80% in 30 minutes.

A further addition to the Defender family is the Hard Top - the car the Land Rover is calling the “most rugged and durable commercial vehicle”.

The name first appeared 70 years ago, and Land Rover has revived it for their latest generation utility vehicle. The Hard Top includes all of Defender’s off road capability, combined with a focus on load carrying. Essentially, the rear seats have been replaced by a space that includes a lockable load floor and a hard-wearing cargo area, with a combined volume of 3,414 litres. The driver compartment is separated by a partition.

Up front, the usual two-seat configuration can added to with a middle jumpseat. Land Rover’s optional Clearsight system allows the driver to see what’s behind the car using a video camera feed to the rear view mirror.

The new engine lineup for the Defender is currently under consideration by Land Rover South Africa, with an announcement of final details and spec expected in October 2020.

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