The SUV comes in five variants and a single turbo-petrol engine.
One of the most awaited launches of this year, the Land Rover Defender finally sees the daylight in the country. The capable SUV was launched this month at Rs 73.69 lakh (ex-showroom). It is currently available with a five-door option along with a 4×4 setup. Land Rover terms the Defender as the toughest product ever. Let’s have a look at the five impressive aspects of the Defender which makes it hard to ignore.
The appearance of the Defender is a radical departure from the earlier utilitarian looks of the Land Rover SUV. However, the essence of the macho vehicle is still intact. Traits such as upright stance, squarish wheel arches, headlights, tail lights and short front and rear overhangs underline the Defender lineage.
|Ground Clearance||291 mm|
The proportions of the Defender are gigantic which assure you immense road presence. Along with intimidating looks, it is equally capable to drive on roads and at terrains with no roads. The latest iteration also employs a new monocoque construction in place of the ladder-frame chassis of its predecessor.
The five-door Defender 110 can seat 5+2, whereas, the three-door 90 variant can seat only 5. The highlight of the cabin is, of course, the flat dashboard with a big, 10-inch touchscreen unit with Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment tech. Dash’s layout is clean with gearlever, drive mode and AC controls placed at the extension of the central console.
Seats are well-bolstered and offer good under-thigh support. It gets a jump seat in the first row. Although the second-row seats also offer enough head and legroom, the third row is suitable only for kids or luggage – tight on the room.
Egress in the Defender is an uphill task but thankfully you have those grab handles for a smooth transition.
Land Rover Defender is packed with a 2.0-litre petrol engine which belts out massive power of 300PS and 400Nm of max torque. The bulky vehicle sprints from 0-100kmph in 8.1seconds. The power is distributed through 8-speed automatic transmission.
The butch SUV gets an all-time four-wheel-drive option with a central locking differential and active rear-locking differential. The famous Terrain Response System of the Land Rover also finds a place in the Defender along with ‘ClearSight Ground View’ which relays you the surface beneath the vehicle.
The Land Rover Defender gets LED headlights, connected car tech, 12-way electrically adjustable and heated front seats, a Meridian audio system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10-inch touchscreen unit, wireless charging, heads-up display, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, tyre monitoring system and a 360-degree surround camera. The top-of-the-line First Edition gets all the bells and whistles of the Defender.
In terms of safety, the Defender gets a driver condition monitor, traction control, ABS with EBD, blind spot assist, corner braking control and front and rear parking sensors as standard across the variants.
The Land Rover Defender is available in 5 variants with each of its model – 90 and 110. The variants are named as Base, S, SE, HSE and First Edition.
|Variants||Defender 90||Defender 110|
|Base||Rs 73.98 lakh||Rs 79.94 lakh|
|S||Rs 77.37 lakh||Rs 83.36 lakh|
|SE||Rs 79.94 lakh||Rs 86.64 lakh|
|HSE||Rs 83.91 lakh||Rs 90.46 lakh|
|First Edition||Rs 84.63 lakh||Rs 89.63 lakh|
*All prices ex-showroom
The direct competition of the Land Rover Defender is the Jeep Wrangler but it is very aggressively priced starting at Rs 63.94 lakh onwards.