The 2021 Land Rover Defender can be plugged to a charger
Also comes with a new line of diesel engines
Just last week, Land Rover updated its urban SUV, the Discovery Sport and the smallest Range Rover, the Evoque. Both get new engine options and technology straight from the British carmaker’s flagship products. So, wouldn’t it be a little naive if one didn’t expect a similar treatment to be given to its veteran off-road specialist - the Defender as well?
You can now plug-in your Defender
The upcoming 2021 year Defender model will see the advent of a plug-in hybrid engine option, a first in the off-roading icon’s 70-year production run. Available under the P400e nomenclature, the engine spec borrowed from the flagship Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models marries a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to a 105kW electric motor to produce a combined power output of 404hp. While the electrical boost aids acceleration (0-100kph in 5.6 seconds), the hybridised Defender would top out at 130mph (209km/h).
The Defender P400e can be driven solely on electric propulsion for up to 27 miles while getting equipped with regenerative braking as well. The PHEV off-roader also gets Mode 3 charging cable as standard, enabling charging time for the 19.2kWh battery to get restricted to two hours for an 80 per cent charge level. The only bummer being, this PHEV variant is limited only to the 110 body style at the moment.
Lighter diesel engines and all-wheel-drive prowess gets introduced as well
Jaguar Land Rover’s famed Ingenium line of engines brings a new in-line six-cylinder diesel option on offer for the Defender. Tagging along is the due of a Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology and a new Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system. While the former aids efficiency in standstill traffic by cutting off the engine, the latter varies axle torque based on sensor data and distributes the necessary torque to the required axle.
The Ingenium diesel engine line-up for the 2021 Defender has a total of three variants. Sitting at the top is the D300 spec, churning out 300hp and 650Nm of torque for the Defender 90. The existing D200 and D240 engine options get renamed as D200 and D250 respectively, post utilising the same in-line six-cylinder Ingenium engine as the D300. While the former (D200) can produce 200hp and 500Nm torques, the latter (D250) is capable of making 249hp and 570Nm of torques.
Defender gets a fancy blacked-out trim
It’s called the X-Dynamic trim, and it comes with gloss black wheels, black mirror caps and a window decal. Additionally, the exterior gets Silicon Satin skid pans with matching grille bar and badging. The interior also gets X-Dynamic badging, illuminated treadplates along with a textile-inspired seat material called Robustek. For the fashionista Defender-enthusiasts, I suppose.
A lot more customisation is now on offer
Land Rover now introduces a broader selection of colour options, individual gadgets and option packs. New colour schemes such as Yulong White, Silicon Silver, Hakuba Silver and Carpathian Grey making an entry to the brochure. Tech-savvy customers can opt for 3D Surround Camera, Premium LED headlights with signature DRL, Meridian Sound System or even the Head-Up Display as an individual option now, instead of having to take a higher trim level to procure the same. And finally, the Defender can now be equipped with Family Pack which extends the third-row seating option to the car along with three-zone climate control.