- Defender replaced after 71 years of service
- New version packed with luxury technology
- Should still be hugely rugged off-road, though
Coming soon: 2019 Land Rover Defender
Rugged new Defender replaces an iconic car that has been in service for 71 years. Can the new car win the hearts of legions of hardcore Defender fans?
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.
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.
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.