New Land Rover Defender makes global debut

The new Land Rover Defender.

The new Land Rover Defender.

Land Rover says its new Defender is an icon reimagined for the 21st century, cleverly engineered with capability and safety for all the family at its heart.

It features an unmistakable silhouette that is familiar, yet new. It looks tough, and Land Rover says that it is tough, but adds that it is designed with purpose and engineered to excite. Iconic in name, shape and capability, Defender can be personalised to allow owners to make the most of their world.

Across seven decades of pioneering innovation, and proven abilities in the harshest environments on earth, Land Rover boasts that the new Defender maintains this bloodline.

Land Rover claims the new Defender completes its dynasty, adding to the luxury and refinement of the Range Rover family and the highly capable and versatile Discovery SUVs.

It also boasts the 110 is just the start for this family of the most capable and durable 4x4s in the world. The Defender 110 is available with 5+2 seating in four distinct accessory packs (Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban ), and with 170 individual accessories.

It will be swiftly followed by a short wheelbase, before a pair of practical commercial models join the line-up in 2020. Electrified powertrains will also be introduced to the Defender with advanced mild-hybrid and coming later, plug-in electric vehicle options, as well as powerful and efficient petrol ( the 2.0 litre Si4 300hp or the 3.0L i6 400hp ) and diesel engines (2.0 litre with the choice of 200 or 240hp ).

The iconic manufacturer says the new Defender is driven by a passion and respect for the original, delivering a transformational breadth of capability and advanced all-terrain technologies to redefine adventure for the 21st century. It adds that this has been done while remaining true to the pioneering spirit that has been a Land Rover hallmark for 71 years.

It looks muscular and tough, and the SUV specialist manufacturer says that it has been built using durable new D7x architecture engineered to withstand extreme event test procedure, above and beyond the normal standard for SUV and passenger cars.

Land Rover says it features 21st century technology such as the new Pivi Pro infotainment with a more intuitive interface, while ‘software-over-the-air’ updates provide the latest software at all times, anywhere in the world.

The modern interior is functional, durable and flexible, with unique and exposed structural elements as well as a central front jump seat.

One would expect intelligent off-road technology features and Land Rover says its pioneering ‘Terrain Response 2’ technology enhanced with new ‘Wade’ programme delivers this, while ‘Configurable Terrain Response’ allows the driver to tailor set-up more precisely.

It has a maximum payload of up to 900kg, static roof load of up to 300kg, towing capacity of 3,500kg and wading depth of up to 900mm combine to make new Defender the ultimate 4x4 for overland adventures

Land Rover’s Defender will be available to order soon with its arrival in Ireland scheduled for next spring.

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