Mention four-wheel-drive vehicles, and the Land Rover Defender will inevitably be part of that list. The iconic off-road vehicle recognized the world over is now on its new generation.
Initially, the locally-available Defender is the long-wheelbase variant (Defender 110) powered by a gasoline engine. Now, Land Rover Philippines is bringing in the short-wheelbase Defender 90, and with a diesel option for both body styles.
The Land Rover Defender diesel will be making its way to the Philippines next year
The prospect of getting the latest iteration of the Defender is exciting, to say the least, especially for those who can’t wait to take the vehicles to rugged terrain. Off-road enthusiasts can avail of the Defender in a selection of two body styles: the classic 90 and the longer-wheelbase 110.
Adventurers will have a blast taking the Defender out in the wilderness
The Land Rover Defender 90 offers dimensions of 4,583mm in length, 2,105mm in width, and 1,974mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,587mm and a fixed ground clearance of 226mm.
Meanwhile, the 110 has a 435mm advantage in both length and wheelbase, while standing a negligible 7mm lower. The bigger Defender trim also has a variable ground clearance ranging from the standard 218mm to 291mm for off-road.
LED headlamps are standard on the new Defender
Both the 90 and 110 are outfitted with almost the same exterior features, such as LED headlamps and tail lamps, front fog lamps, black roof rails, heated and power-folding door mirrors, as well as 19-inch six-spoke alloy wheels mounted on off-road tires. The 90 comes equipped with manual headlight leveling, while the 110 sports a small rear quarter glass.
All Land Rover Defenders get semi-powered front seats
Stepping into the cabin, equipment loadout is also practically identical on the two machines, except for the rear bench that’s fixed on the 90 and folding on the 110. Some of the standard features include 12-way semi-powered front seats, leather upholstery with cloth inserts, white cabin lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, an interactive TFT instrument cluster, and a 10-inch Pivi Pro infotainment system patched to six speakers.
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2021 Land Rover Defender
Under the hood, both the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 are powered by a 3.0L twin-scroll mild-hybrid engine that makes 395 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Diesel Defenders will carry the D240 designation, packing the 2.0L Ingenium 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel that delivers 237 hp and up to 430 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via the 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Whereas the Defender 90 comes with a coil spring suspension, the Defender 110 Adaptive Dynamics that constantly analyzes road conditions and driving style up to 500 times a second, adjusting the air suspension setup accordingly. While front passenger ISOFix mounts are standard on the 110, it otherwise shares the 90’s safety equipment such as six airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and 360-degree parking aid.
The Ingenium engine series includes turbodiesel and gasoline hybrid power plants
The 2021 Land Rover Defender is now available for pre-order at the following prices:
- Land Rover Defender 110 Urban - Php 6,310,000
- Land Rover Defender 110 Country - Php 6,360,000
- Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure - Php 6,440,000
- Land Rover Defender 110 Explorer - Php 6,610,000
- Land Rover Defender 110 First Edition - Php 9,390,000
- Land Rover Defender 90 Urban D240 - Php 5,510,000
- Land Rover Defender 90 Country D240 - Php 5,560,000
- Land Rover Defender 90 Adventure D240 - Php 5,640,000
- Land Rover Defender 90 Explorer D240 - Php 5,810,000
- Land Rover Defender 110 Urban D240 - Php 6,110,000
- Land Rover Defender 110 Country D240 - Php 6,160,000
- Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure D240 - Php 6,240,000
- Land Rover Defender 110 Explorer D240 - Php 6,410,000
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Know more about Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is an iconic British off-road, four-wheel-drive SUV known worldwide for its overall versatility and unmatched ruggedness. It boasts a muscled physique detailed with gorgeous and sophisticated retro-contemporary designs its new followers and loyal fans will adore. Inside, it is packed with modern features that assure the safety, comfort, and convenience of its passengers. Through concrete roads or mountainous tracks, expect this premium SUV to consistently perform. Locally, it is offered in the following variants: The Land Rover Defender 90 First Edition, the Land Rover Defender 110 First Edition, the Land Rover Defender 110 Urban Pack, the Land Rover Defender 110 Country Pack, the Land Rover Defender 110 Explorer Pack, and the Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure Pack. It is available in satin or metallic finish of Pangea Green, Gondwana Stone, Indus Silver, Tasma Blue, Eiger Grey, Santorini Black, and Fiji White.
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