The newest Defender, resulting from a £37 million investment in new facilities and infrastructure, is a reimagination of the old model adapted for a modern wilderness. The interior is more Discovery than Defender and the base prices also.

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 The Skin

The all new Defender's design highlights its tough yet purposeful character with short overhangs, high sills and externally mounted reserve wheel to give drivers the confidence they need what ever road they take. Its exterior may incite some nostalgia of the brute appearance the Defender used to have. But just like its predecessor, the offroad capability of the new Defender is unquestionable despite its sophisticated and sleek surfaces.

The utmost consideration for the design is its functionality: Minimal front and rear overhangs and high sill ensure supreme performance in Different types of terrain.

The roster of new Defender models are available in perfectly proportioned 90 and 110 body designs. The six available commercial models are: Defender, S, SE, HSE, Defender X and First Edition.

Its outer layer provides an aesthetic finish with an optional  factory-fitted Satin Protective Film, a first for a Land Rover to wear a factory-made cover. But at nearly £3,000 few buyers are likely to tick this option. The wrap gives the standard metallic paint a rich and contemporary satin look, showing sophistication in every angle and lighting.

Besides functionality, the polyurethane-based skin ensures durability and sustainability. Compared to standard paint finishes, the Defender's film is much easier and quicker to repair; the film is removable anytime so it can be easily replaced once it obtains scratches.

Customers can select from an array of 12 wheel designs, ranging from 18-inch white-painted pressed steel rims to 22-inch Luna alloys.

The three color options, namely an Indus Silver, Gondwana Stone and Pangea Green paint, are all solvent free and contains no volatile organic compounds.

What separates the X derivative to the Core vehicle is its gloss black inset contrast bonnet, which comes in standard to the higher end model. Land Rover also retrofitted the X with Starlight Satin finish for front and rear skid pans, as well as other exterior parts, to further differentiate it to standard models.

The carmaker is also introducing a wider selection for color palette of the new Defender -- including three new metallic shades (Pangea Green, Tasman Blue and Gondwana Stone) specifically designed for the Land Rover Defender.

Other color options include the Eiger Grey, Fuji White, Santorini Black and Indus Silver.

Beneath the skin

Indeed, the new skin of the latest Defender already hints of more new things to come once you look into its interior.

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The Defender 110 can be specified with five, six or 5+2 seating while the short-wheelbase Defender 90 can accommodate six occupants in a compact family hatchback length body.

And just like the older version of the vehicle, the longer Defender 110 offers five, six or 5+2 seating. The 90, which has a shorter wheelbase, can accommodate up to six people.

These models are available in various interior finish options which customers can mix and match.

As homage to the canvass hoods in the early series Land Rover vehicles, the company has included tough and tactile materials, including Resolve textile on standard models and the robust woven textile (which features higher decitex fibres) for the S and SE models. The materials used also contained recycled polyester for durability and added strength.

On the other hand, the HSE models will sport high grade Windsor Leather giving a nostalgic feel to the interior of the vehicle, while the Defender X will have the same leather material but with the addition of Steelcut Premium Textile accent, making it more durable. The material originally from Kvadrat is made of 30 per cent wool blend, making it as the best alternative to the leather upholstery that's paired with Miko Suedecloth.

In terms of features, the Defender has the latest in terms of electronics, touch screens and virtual tools.


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The Defender is powered by a standard turbocharged four-cylinder 296 horsepower engine with a 295 lb-ft of torque that is good for 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 119 mph. From there, you can upgrade to the P400 with a 3.0-liter turbocharged mild-hybrid inline-six producing 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque good for 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.

All models send power out through an eight-speed automatic transmission, features all-wheel drive and locking differentials for the wildest terrains.

The Defender will also be available with Jaguar Land Rover's new 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine. Along with traditional turbocharging, the upgraded engine utilizes an electric supercharger and 48-volt hybrid system.

The latest Defender will also replace the old solid axles with a fully independent suspension. The latter comes standard with coil springs, but it can be upgraded with an air suspension that allows adjustable heights.

The Defender has 11.5 inches of ground clearance and has a maximum wading depth of 900 meters, a level that makes topples that of the Jeep Wrangler's maximum clearance and wading ability.

New Defender delivers AWD towing capability of up to 3,500kg with full suite of driver assistance features, including semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist technology


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The New Defender has 170 individual accessories, making it the biggest range ever produced for a Land Rover. This array includes:

 Software-Over-The-Air: With up to 14 onboard electronic control modules, the New Defender can receive updates digitally event through 5G network. In isolated areas, a satellite-phone could download data for installation.


With Snapdragon processors and advanced QNX operating systems, the Online pack allows customers to have high-performance data connection. This connection will enable them to be alerted promptly of issues and either prevent or resolve them automatically. The Online pack, which comes with an onboard Wi-Fi package, also provide unlimited data for music streaming, weather updates and calendar information on the move.

Pivi Pro Infotainment: Meanwhile, customers can also choose among four Accessory Packs; Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. Accessible through the central 10-inch touchscreen, the New Defender’s infotainment features has a built-in back-up battery which allows navigation initialisation to take just seconds. More easily customised, the new navigation system uses self-learning algorithms and dynamic guidance to optimise routing, while Smart Voice Guidance even knows to cancel audio instructions when drivers are travelling in familiar surroundings. Maps will always be up-to-date thanks to SOTA technology. In combination with the 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display, the advanced system provides high-definition 3D mapping within the instrumentation, leaving the central touchscreen free to control other applications.

Overall, the new Defender’s technologies surpass the technological features of most its  competitors in terms of security and convenience; connections; sustainability; durability; and

Defender 90 and Commercial pricing and deliveries will be confirmed at a later date. Defender 90 guide price will be around £40,000 with Defender Commercial guide pricing from £35,000 (plus VAT).

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