Land Rover has finally launched the all-new Defender in India with prices starting at ₹ 69.99 lakh for the base Defender 90 variant, going all the way up to ₹ 87.10 lakh for the range topping Defender 110 HSE variant (all prices ex-showroom, India). The British carmaker has also started accepting bookings for both models- the short wheelbase (three-door) Defender 90 spec as well as long wheelbase Defender 110 (five-door). The 2020 Land Rover Defender is being sold in India as a completely built unit (CBU) and both body types are being offered in five variants- Base, S, SE, HSE and First Edition. At present, the Jeep Wrangler is the only model on sale in India that stands as its true rival.
|Land Rover Defender Prices||Defender 90||Defender 110|
|Base||₹ 69.99 lakh||₹ 76.57 lakh|
|S||₹ 73.41 lakh||₹ 79.99 lakh|
|SE||₹ 76.61 lakh||₹ 83.28 lakh|
|HSE||₹ 80.43 lakh||₹ 87.10 lakh|
|First Edition||₹ 81.30 lakh||₹ 86.27 lakh|
Land Rover has designed an all-new platform for the Defender called the D7X and it's a monocoque chassis and the British brand had said at the time of its global debut that it's the stiffest chassis they have ever designed, in fact, it's three times stiffer than a body-on-ladder frame. While Land Rover is offering the Defender with two engine (petrol and diesel) options in the global market, India gets only the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, BS6 petrol engine that puts out 292 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque. A 3.0-litre, six-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine is also expected to join the line-up at a later date.
The Defender brand is synonymous to off-roading. It is equipped with fully independent air and coil spring suspension, has a maximum payload of 900 kg along with 900 mm wading depth, and has a towing capacity of up to 3720 kg. It also gets Land Rover's most advanced Configurable Terrain Response 2 system to optimize traction and complement all the mechanical. In short, the new Defender gets all the essentials and then some to live up to the cult status of its predecessor. It can raise itself by 145 mm when going off road and then automatically levels itself on the tarmac to maintain the driving dynamics. The air suspension reduces the ground clearance by 50 mm while getting in or out of the Defender, in a bid to improve the ingress and egress.
The new Defender has done away with its basic nature when it comes to features and cabin finish. It debuts Land Rover's new Pivi Pro infotainment system which along with other trendy connectivity features, also comes with over-the-air (OTA) software updates which is functional anywhere in the world. Two smartphones can be connected simultaneously to the 10-inch touchscreen and the navigation system can cut voice guidance when driving through a familiar route. Other features like 360-degree camera assist, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and head up display are something that we have never seen in a Defender before. The new model also gets 85 ECUs that can process 21,000 network messages which is pretty impressive. Moreover, it also gets flexible seating configuration- five Seater, six seater and 7 Seater (5+2). The Defender 90 is a 5 seater version but customers can also opt for a middle seat in the front row which also doubles up as an armrest. The Defender 110 is a seven seater SUV.