The new Land Rover Defender has been launched at the Frankfort motor show. An icon reimagined for the 21st century; it has been cleverly engineered with capability and safety for all the family at its heart.
Land Rover has defined all-terrain capability and toughness from the conception of its very first 4×4. Land Rover has developed a curated exterior palette with unique colours just for new Defender. A lot of body work is exposed in the interior – so the colour palettes are modular between interior and exterior.
New Land Rover Defender is the first Land Rover available with a factory-fitted Satin Protective Film which delivers enhanced design and durability. Defenders constructivist modular interior architecture communicates its highly functional nature. Underpinned by its practical layout and reductive design.
To retain the famous Defender silhouette, accommodate a family of body designs and support the latest range of electrified powertrains, Land Rover developed the new all-aluminium D7x platform. It has the unique combination of practicality, flexibility and capability expected from a 4×4 wearing the Defender name and doesn’t share a single body-in-white panel with another Land Rover model.
The monocoque body construction developed for new Defender is the stiffest aluminium body Land Rover has ever produced and able to withstand 6.5 tonnes snatch load through the recovery points.
Land Rover has introduced a series of technologies to help deliver the capability customers expect from a Defender, including the latest generation of its patented Terrain Response system.
The Land Rover Defender’s strong body architecture helps customers make more of their world, whether they want to tow heavy loads or carry them, with a comprehensive range of roof racks and tow bar systems, and a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg. New for Defender, the intelligent set-up works with 3D visualisation on the central touchscreen.
The rear loadspace delivers customary Defender practicality with the 110 providing up to 1,075 litres when using the full height. Folding the row-two seats provides a generous maximum load volume of up to 2,380-litres and, with a maximum payload of up to 900kg (110 P400), the new Defender lives up to the practical heritage of its iconic predecessors.
Defender is truly capable of great things and the front and rear recovery points can withstand up to 10 and nine tonnes of pull respectively. During its global development programme, Land Rover engineers were able to complete iconic trails in Moab, USA, for the first time, including Hell’s Revenge, the Poison Spider and the Steel Bender Trails. Closer to home, the Defender met Land Rover’s toughest durability standards during testing at the global design and engineering headquarters at Gaydon. As part of these extreme events, the Defender withstood repeated 200mm kerb strikes at 40km/h (25mph).
The future-proof 5G-ready network takes SOTA technology to the next level, ensuring new Land Rover Defender is always operating on the latest software available. Up to 14 onboard electronic control modules, more than any previous Jaguar Land Rover vehicle, can receive updates, without the need to visit a Land Rover retailer.
State-of-the-art keyless technology brings added cyber security and convenience with advanced Ultra Wide Band (UWB) transceivers preventing thefts from copycat devices. Jaguar Land Rover was the first vehicle manufacturer to introduce the pioneering keyless entry system and new Defender uses the innovative set-up to resist relay attack and meet the world’s toughest security standards.
New Land Rover Defender will be available with a wide range of powertrains including Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technologies and a range of advanced and efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, all fitted with intelligent Stop/Start technology to minimise emissions. The advanced PHEV powertrain will join the range next year and with it comes the promise of silent zero-emissions driving in EV mode.