The new Land Rover Defender is the Defender we all wanted
The Defender's time has come. It's time for the all-new 2020 to wear its stripes, to show its heredity, and to prove itself as one of the best. It's not a luxury-oriented car with offroading as a back-thought. What it is what it set out to be: a rugged offroader. Well, I'm here to tell you they have succeeded.
So what's the Defender good at?
It's hard to ignore all the incredible lengths Land Rover has went to make this car the best it could be. For example, the all-new Defender has over 170 factory accessories that you can add to the Defender, such as a remote control winch, an air compressor, a rinse system, and of course, a deplorable ladder. However, Land Rover has squeezed these accessories into 4 different packages that you can also choose, and they go as follows: Adventure, Explorer, Urban, and Country (see the image below).
However, Land Rover doesn't only have you covered in the accessories department, they also have you covered in the technology department. Now if a bunch of red flags just shot up, put them back down, because the technology is pretty much all offroad oriented. For example, the Defender has a Wade Mode which uses ultrasonic sensors to tell you how deep you are in the water. Not only that, but Wade Mode also cuts off the recirculation system in your climate controls to prevent water from getting inside the climate controls. But Wade Mode gets even better: when you are exiting the water, the car will dry its own brakes. The Defender also introduces an improved terrain response system, which allows you to select different modes depending on the terrain. But here's the kicker: the Defender will have a configurable setting where you can customize the powertrain, steering, differentials, and traction controls to your exact desires. Furthermore, the Defender has air suspension on all sides of the car, which significantly improves ground clearance. The Defender comes standard with surround-view cameras which show what's happening all around you, and even under you. And most surprisingly, the Defender features self-healing paint. The Rover has a Satin Protective Film (available in only 3 colors) which will heal minor scratches. Now if that isn't cool, I don't know what is.
Most importantly, the Defender boasts plenty of epic features that further proves itself as a dedicated offroader. Starting from the back, the Defender has a full size spare tire which, not some tire that is thinner than your hand. It offers a rear door that swings sideways, instead of a traditional boot. It'll go 35.4 deep in water in Water Wade mode. It has 4 quarter independent suspension, and it has a floor made out of rubber so you can rinse it out after a day's work of offroading. But the Defender is also more versatile than ever, with 3 different seating arrangements. It offers a 5, 6, or 7 seat configuration, and one of the ways it does this is by offering a middle front jump seat in the front row. You can also get a 3rd row. The interior is also reminiscent of the ruggedness that the Defender sets out to be, with exposed bolts, a powder-coated magnesium crossbar (which is part of the structural integrity of the car), and an overall boxy design. It's also worth mentioning that the roof can hold 661 pounds, so if you want to camp out on the top of your Defender, you can with ease!
And of course, we need to talk power. This car will have 2 different powertrains: a 296 horsepower inline 4, and a straight-six which does 395 horsepower. The straight-six is actually fairly interesting, as it used a mechanical turbo AND an electric supercharged which is run by a mild hybrid system. With that, it'll tow 8,200 pounds, which is a pretty strong figure for a car like this.
The Defender will have two body styles, a 5 door and a 3 door. The 5 door model, or the 110, will be available this Spring with a starting price of 49 thousand dollars. However, and perhaps most importantly, the return of the 3 door Defender is back. The 3 door defender, or the 90, will have a starting price of 65 thousand dollars. However, it will only be available in the First Edition, and only 500 will be made. It'll have the signature Pangaea green color, and the famed retractable fabric roof.
The Land Rover Defender set out to be the great return of the famed offroader, and it appears that it has succeeded. In every single way possible, the Defender has offroading in mind, and there's no debating about that. Now we can only hope this will be the success Land Rover hopes it'll be.