The moto of Land Rover says, Above and Beyond. Land Rover was conceived as a part of producing a utility vehicle that could be used for agricultural purposes. Not many know that the first prototype developed had a tractor inspired centre mounted steering in the year 1947. Upon testing they realized that vehicle was very robust, capable as well as versatile.
The Land Rover Series 1 was born in 1948 for agricultural and light industrial use. It came with a conventional side steering system and a very unusual four-wheel drive system. The production of the Series 1-2-3 ended in 1985, which was then followed by the Land Rover Ninety and the Land Rover One Ten.
After a production run of a little over 3 decades it is now succeeded by the capable, versatile and tech-packed - All new Land Rover Defender!
From a modest off-roader to a luxuriously branded overlander, the Land Rover Defender provides an adventure-mobile with undoubted capabilities—and desirability. Its style is inherently retro, but it reflects a new variation on the legendary Defender of the previous generation.
A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard and an inline turbo-six-cylinder with a hybrid-assist feature is available. A host of off-road features are standard or optional, and all versions come with an all-wheel drive and a fully independent suspension.
More sophisticated solutions can be seen on higher-end versions as part of a myriad of sets.
The two-door "90" body style sees increased availability for 2021 and is now available in base, S, X, First Edition, and new X-Dynamic trims.
As far as X-Dynamic is concerned, this new trim level is now also available on the four-door "110" model and provides the appearance of the top-spec X without the expensive off-road features, such as the adjustable air suspension and the active differential.
As much as we like the look of the two-door 90 model, the four-door 110 is more convenient for most buyers. The Base P300 powertrain, a 296-hp turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, seems peppy enough for day-to-day driving, but for those who plan to take-on serious off-road trails, they may find the optional P400 powertrain—a supercharged 395-hp inline-six with 48-volt hybrid assistance for better torque and drivability.
The Defender is powered by a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, each model features an all-wheel drive (AWD) system and locking differentials to navigate through treacherous terrain. There’s also a 3.0-liter inline-six which is also available as an option on the Defender.
Unlike its predecessor, the Defender has a unibody or monocoque construction vs that of a body-on-frame setup which replaces the old solid axles with a fully independent suspension.
The latter comes standard with coil springs, but can be upgraded with an air suspension that allows for adjustable ride height. The Defender also has 11.5 inches of ground clearance and the ability to move through 35.4 inches of water which is much better than the primary contender, i.e., the Jeep Wrangler.
The lightweight all-aluminum monocoque structure of the current Land Rover D7x architecture provides the stiffest Land Rover body ever made, with a torsional stiffness of 29 kNm/degree – three times more rigid than conventional body-on-frame designs.
The all-new Land Rover Defender features a system that allows the driver to avoid cross-axle slippage by using the Centre Slip Limited and Center - Rear Slip limited options from the central touchscreen infotainment system.
In addition, there are choice of three settings for the throttle and gearbox response, steering and traction control, allowing seasoned off-roaders as well as all-terrain newbies to tailor the vehicle set-up as per their requirements. It can easily take on the road less travelled.
The trims on offer in two body styles i.e., 90 and 110 are as follows –
- X-DYNAMICS S
- X-DYNAMICS SE
- X-DYNAMICS HSE
The all-new Land Rover Defender marks the return of the legendary “Defender” moniker. It makes sure that it lives up to the heritage and the legacy of this very vehicle that changed the course of go-anywhere vehicles. It offers the best possible performance and excels in all the segments, be it power and torque figures, off-road capabilities, handling, towing or looks.
That said, the Defender can now be put into the “Lifestyle” vehicle category, owing to the gizmos and complex engineering on offer.
While the strongest or the nearest Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is famous for its “go-anywhere” capabilities, the Land Rover Defender on the other can take you “Above and Beyond”.