New information about the upcoming Land Rover Defender SUV has surfaced online, revealing details that range from dimensions to engine options. It is worth noting that these details have not been officially confirmed.
The slides reveal that the new Defender will be offered in three different lengths, which include a three-door 90 version, a five-door 110 version and a larger five-door 130 version. Each version will be offered in a range of seating configurations, with the 90 being offered as a five- and six-seater, the 110 coming as a five-, six- and seven-seater, and the largest one, the 130, offered only as an eight-seater.
In terms of dimensions, the 90 variant will have a length of 4,323mm, a height of 1,927mm and a wheelbase of 2,587mm. The 110 variants measures in at 4,758mm in length, 1,916mm in height and has a wheelbase of 3,022mm. The 130 variant being the largest has a length of 5,100, height of 1,915mm and the same wheelbase as the smaller 110 variant. All three variants have the same width – 1,999mm.
The 90 and 110 variants will be offered with three diesel engines and three petrol engines, with one of them being a plug-in hybrid. Starting with the diesel engines, the all-new Defender will get a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit making 200hp and 430Nm of torque, another 2.0-litre turbo-diesel unit with 240hp and 430Nm of torque, and lastly a 3.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel that produces 300hp and 650Nm of torque. The range of petrol motors starts with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 300hp and 400Nm of torque, followed by a 2.0-litre PHEV unit making 404hp (combined)/ 400Nm of torque (from petrol engine alone), and, lastly, a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine rated at 400hp and 550Nm of torque. Both variants will come with an all-wheel-drive layout and an automatic gearbox as standard. The 130 variant’s engine and gearbox information has not yet been revealed.
Land Rover is also expected to equip the new Defender with a large list of features, with the top-end SUV getting 20-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED lights, electric steering column, memory ORVMs, 18-way electrically adjustable seats with heating, cooling and memory function, to name a few. The SUV will also get a 12-inch TFT digital instrument cluster, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a premium Meridian surround sound system.
This new information also includes a potential, international launch timeline for the Defender, with the 110 being introduced to the international market in October 2019, the smaller 90 variant following in March 2020, and the largest 130 variant coming around August 2020.
The Defender nameplate makes a comeback to the Land Rover model line-up after an absence of three years. The Defender will rival the Mercedes-Benz G-class once its launched (especially in its 110 guise) and it will go on sale in India in the years to come but it will be interesting to see which version we get. We did, however, report earlier that British carmaker will unveil the all-new Defender at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, which will be held in September.
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