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September 11, 2019

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Land Rover Unveils New Defender 110, 90

Throughout my years in the automotive industry I’ve learned that two cars universally turn the heads of automotive journalists, the GT-R and the Defender 90 or 110. Though maybe not as head turning as it once was, the new Land Rover Defender has been revealed in the 90 and 110.

The 110 will be the flagship four-door option and feature, “5+2 seating in four distinct Accessory Packs (Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban) and with 170 individual accessories.” It will be joined by the two-door 90 and “versatile commercial models.” Unlike those before it the latest Defender 110 and 90 will feature hybrid powertrains alongside gas and diesel options.

About the powertrains vis Land Rover:

New Defender will be available with a wide range of powertrains including Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technologies and a range of advanced and efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, all fitted with intelligent Stop/Start technology to minimise emissions.* The advanced P400e PHEV powertrain will join the range next year and with it comes the promise of silent zero-emissions driving in EV mode.

At launch, diesel power comes from a choice of four-cylinder D200 or D240 engines, with sequential twin turbo technology providing 430Nm of torque to optimise performance and economy. The D200 delivers fuel economy of 37.2mpg (7.6 l/100km) and 0-100km/h in 10.3 seconds (0-60mph in 9.9 seconds) while the more powerful D240 matches the 200PS for efficiency while accelerating from 0-100km/h in 9.1 seconds (0-60mph in 8.7 seconds). Both provide competitive CO2 emissions of 199g/km (NEDC equivalent).º

Petrol customers will be able to choose between a turbocharged four-cylinder P300 engine and an efficient six-cylinder P400 MHEV powertrain. The 300PS unit uses an advanced twin-scroll turbo for smooth performance and efficiency, accelerating from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds (0-60mph in 7.7 seconds) with CO2 emissions as low as 227g/km (NEDC equivalent).

The state-of-the-art MHEV powertrain harvests energy normally lost during deceleration and redeploys it to optimise efficiency. The in-line six-cylinder Ingenium petrol features both a conventional twin-scroll turbocharger and an advanced 48-volt electric supercharger, with a belt-integrated starter motor in place of the alternator to assist the petrol engine, and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery to store energy captured as the vehicle slows down. In combination, these advanced technologies provide 400PS and 550Nm of torque, 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds (0-60mph in 5.8 seconds) and fuel consumption as low as 29.4mpg (9.6l/100km) with CO2 emissions of 220g/km (NEDC equivalent).º

All engines drive through a smooth and responsive eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and twin-speed transmission, to provide a set of low-range ratios essential for towing or off-road driving when more control is required.

The new Land Rover Defender and its various models will be available mid 2020.

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