Land Rover’s new version of the iconic Defender recently made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new 4×4 made its first appearance by descending an extreme 42-degree incline at the show – a feat broadcast live to a global audience of eager fans. The unstoppable New Defender is the most capable and durable Land Rover ever made and its debut in Frankfurt marked the end of its first adventure, to the Valley of the Castles in the Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan – one of the most land-locked places on earth. Professional mountaineer Kenton Cool drove the New Land Rover Defender in Kazakhstan and he was in Frankfurt to give the new model his seal of approval alongside Olympic medal-winning equestrian rider Zara Tindall.
The New Defender completes the Land Rover dynasty, joining the peerless luxury and refinement of the Range Rover family and the highly capable and versatile Discovery SUVs. It will be available in 90 and 110 body designs, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110. The range comprises Defender, S, SE, HSE, First Edition and top-of-the-range Defender X. Customers will be able to personalize their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover, with four Accessory Packages. The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban packages each give the Defender a distinct character to help owners to make the most of their world. Exclusive First Edition models featuring unique specification will be available throughout the first year of production.
Felix Bräutigam, Chief Commercial Officer, and Jaguar Land Rover, said: “[The] New Defender will be available in 128 global markets and meets or exceeds the toughest emissions and safety requirements in the world. With four personalities to choose from, two body styles and a comprehensive range of options and accessories, customers will be able to personalize Defender to make their ultimate 4×4 companion – whatever their lifestyle.”
The New Defender features permanent four-wheel drive, a twin-speed automatic gearbox, a maximum towing capability of 3,720 kg* and a maximum static roof load of 300 kg, making it the perfect companion for overland adventures.
Land Rover’s new purpose-engineered D7x (for extreme) architecture is based on a lightweight aluminum monocoque construction to create the stiffest body structure the brand has ever produced. A choice of advanced engines ensure the New Land Rover Defender has the power, control and efficiency for any environment. Pricing and availability to be announced.