Get to know the 2021 Land Rover Defender, now in the Philippines

Updated Aug 17, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The best off-roader in the country right now?

Land Rover Philippines is pleased to introduce the beautiful and stunning construction of the newly added Defender. Chris Ward, president of Coventry Motors Corp, said that the Defender is a true embodiment of adventurous spirits of Filipinos and is the perfect vehicle for both the city driving and road trips.

The Land Rover Series was first introduced in 1948. It has shown extraordinary ruggedness and versatility throughout the years, which helped solidify the British marque’s name in the industry. With this, the making of the new Defender is inspired by the original pioneering spirit of Land Rover.

A Defender on the road

The 2021 Land Rover Defender

A distinctive silhouette makes the Defender instantly recognizable thanks to its minimal front and rear overhangs that also provide excellent approach and departure angles. The designers re-envisioned familiar Defender trademarks for the 21st century, giving the Defender its distinctive and unique proportions. Gerry McGovern, chief design officer of Land Rover, said that the new Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it.

Land Rover made sure that the Defender will bring robust ruggedness especially off-roads. The new Defender has been through more than 62,000 tests for engineering sign-off and has a construction three times stiffer than traditional body-on-frame designs.

The Defender in Tanay, Rizal

The Defender in Tanay, Rizal

To further enhance the driver’s off-roading experience with the Defender, the SUV comes with permanent all-wheel-drive twin-speed transfer box with a rear axle open differential, or with an optional electronic active differential. These will help the Defender take on any given roads in the country.

Moreover, the Defender comes with 291 mm of ground clearance, 3,500 kg towing capacity, a maximum wading depth of 900 mm, and Land Rover’s ClearSight Ground View technology.

A Defender under the night

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Powering the Defender is a 3.0-liter Ingenium 400 6-cylinder gasoline engine featuring efficient mild hybrid electric (MHEV) powertrain that gives it enough power, control, and efficiency for any environment.

The Land Rover Defender’s local price starts at Php 6,310,000 and is offered with four refined editions, namely the Explorer, Adventure, Country, and Urban. As of this writing, the only Defender offered is the 4-door 110. Land Rover Philippines said that it will introduce the compact and shorter wheelbase Defender 90 in Q1 2021.

“We’ve embraced Defender’s stunning capability and minimalistic, functional interior to reinvent the icon for the 21st century. New Defender gives us the license to do things differently, to push the boundaries and do the unthinkable, without ever losing the character and authenticity of the original,” said Nick Rogers, executive director and product engineer of Jaguar Land Rover.

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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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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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