Land Rover is well known for making tough and luxurious SUVs for a long time. The new 2020 Land Rover Defender is all about being tough with a purpose, comfortable and also safe. This is one of the most anticipated launches – one of the cars that ruled the off-road world.
2020 Land Rover Defender Design
The 2020 Defender is built with a purpose. It has an upright stance and the silhouette unmistakeably screams Land Rover. It also has minimal front and rear overhangs for the best approach and departure angles. The design is built to focus more on simplicity and also practicality. It also retains the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally-mounted spare wheel that make the original so identifiable. The SUV is built on a lightweight aluminum monocoque construction to create a stiff body structure. Land Rover has also invested a lot in the testing of the new car.
The new Defender is available in three seating configurations – five, six or 5+2. There are tons of features and accessories to choose from. These are available through four accessory packs – Explorer, Adventure, Country, and Urban. There is also a retractable full-length fabric sunroof will be available from launch on the Defender 90, and added as an option on the Defender 110.
Power and Tech
The new 2020 Land Rover Defender gets two powertrain options – P300 and P400. The entry-level Defender uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 petrol engine, with 296HP and 400Nm of torque. It also gets an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The other engine option is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with mild-hybrid tech. This makes 395HP and 550Nm of torque. The hybrid system uses a 48V battery mounted at the rear and adds another 142Nm of torque to the total.
It also gets a permanent all-wheel drive and a twin-speed automatic gearbox, center differential, and optional Active Locking Rear Differential ensure it has all the hardware required to excel in the soft sand of the desert, the freezing tundra of the arctic and everywhere in between. The Configurable Terrain Response allows experienced off-roaders to fine-tune individual vehicle settings to perfectly suit the conditions, while inexperienced drivers can let the system detect the most appropriate vehicle settings for the terrain, using the intelligent Auto function. The ClearSight Ground View technology helps drivers take full advantage of Defender’s all-conquering capability by showing the area usually hidden by the bonnet, directly ahead of the front wheels, on the central touchscreen.
The Terrain Response 2 system also adds a Wade program to the list. We now get different program modes like Normal, Wade, Rock Crawl, Mud and Ruts, Grass/Gravel/Snow, and Sand modes. The Wade program cranks up the air suspension height, shuts off the HVAC vents, and automatically cleans and dries the brake discs and pads. The Defender 110 boasts of a 30.1-degree approach angle and a 37.7-degree departure angle. The numbers rise to 38-degrees and 40-degrees respectively in off-road height. The ramp breaker angle is 22-degrees or 28-degrees in off-road mode while wading depth is 35.4-inches in off-road mode.
The new Defender also gets customization options. It is 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 model range comprises Defender, First Edition and top of the range Defender X models, as well as standard, S, SE, HSE specification packs. There is also a new Satin Protective Film to make the exterior paintwork even more durable. It helps protect against everything from car park scratches to bramble rash and will be available as a factory-fit option with Indus Silver, Gondwana Stone, and Pangea Green colors. There are also many individual accessories to choose from like Remote Control Electric Winch, Rooftop Tent, and Inflatable Waterproof Awnings to more conventional tow bar systems and roof racks.