Coming soon: 2019 Land Rover Defender

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First published: 10th September 2019
  • Defender replaced after 71 years of service
  • New version packed with luxury technology
  • Should still be hugely rugged off-road, though
Land Rover has revealed its hotly anticipated new Defender 4x4 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

However, as you can see from the video above, we've already been given the opportunity to look around it.

The basic design of the Defender has hardly changed since its introduction way back in 1948, so with this all -new version, Land Rover has taken the brave step of reimagining an icon.

The design is all-new, but still recognisable as both a Land Rover and a Defender, with a boxy, upright stance and chunky-looking features. Design cues that remain from the original include the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally mounted spare wheel, along with the jacked-up ride height, short overhangs and big windows that help make off-roading easier.
2019 Land Rover Defender
2019 Land Rover Defender
To help further in the sticky stuff, all Defenders come with permanent all-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox, a twin-speed transfer box and a new configurable version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which allows experienced off-roaders to fine-tune individual vehicle settings to suit the conditions. If you’re less experienced, however, you can simply switch the system to Automatic and let the car make all the important decisions for you.

The shorter 90 model comes with coil spring suspension and up to six seats, while the longer 110 model comes with air suspension and a choice of five, six or seven (5+2) seats. Loadspace in the 110 is given at up to 1075 litres behind the front two rows of chairs, and that becomes 2380 litres when the second row of seats is folded down.
2019 Land Rover Defender
2019 Land Rover Defender
The biggest changes can be seen inside, though, because the new Defender is full of up-to-the-minute technology, including Land Rover’s latest infotainment system. The car can also receive and implement over-the-air software updates automatically. And despite all this technology, and you still get a rubberised wipe-clean floor for a suitably rugged feel.

At launch, buyers choose between a pair of four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engines with either 200- or 240 horsepower, a 2.0-litre petrol with 300 horsepower or a 400 horsepower six-cylinder petrol with mild-hybrid technology. A plug-in hybrid version will join the range later on.

The 110 model is available to order now and will start at £45,240. The 90 will be available from mid-2020.

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