Land Rover Defender, the first plug-in hybrid will go on sale next year. And it will come with a 398 horsepower and will be capable of handling 27 miles of electric-only running. It is going to be the most durable and capable version of the off-roader.
The new plug-in option is among the range of upgrades and new variants which was introduced as part of the Defender’s 2020 model line-up. The short wheelbase Defender 90 variant, which was however delayed because of the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns, has now gone for sale.
Overview of Land Rover Defender P400e
The new Defender P400e will only be offered in the long-wheelbase 110 form initially. And also it uses the same powertrain as the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. This powertrain mates a 269 bhp 2.0 liter 4-cylinder petrol engine to a 139 hp electric motor.
Meanwhile, Land Rover claims that the model will offer “substantial torque“. And that this will add a rugged machine’s off-road capability. Although the powertrain can attain 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, and also a top speed of 130 mph. It has a fuel economy of 85.3 miles per gallon and Carbon-dioxide emissions of 74g/km/ Jaguar LandRover’s powertrain engineering boss who goes by the name “Iain Gray” claimed that the new plug-in hybrid “balances performance with fuel economy and all-electric off-road Capability.”
The Defender P400e has 20-inch wheels and electric air suspension as standard. And with its powertrain tuned to allow electronic-only running in low-range mode. Both on and off-road. It is capable of towing up to 3000kg.
You can charge the 19.2kWh battery that comes via a Mode 3 connection using a charging power that is on the left of the vehicle. While it has an available mode 2 connector as an option. A charge of about 80% takes around half an hour on a 50kW rapid charger. It also uses regenerative braking.
The P400e is available with both five or six seats, and also it includes privacy and climate control which comes standard.
Land Rover Updates
Land Rover has updated a new six-cylinder diesel engine to the Defender line-up, alongside the plug-in hybrid. It is going to be offered in three outputs, using the mild-hybrid technology to induce efficiency. The three outputs will be offered to start with the D200 (197 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque). And the D250 (245 hp and 420 lb-ft), thus replacing the D200 and D240 which was previously featured in the range. Land Rover says that both units achieve 32.3 mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 230g. The D200 achieves 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds, with the D250 cutting it to 7.9 seconds.
The new four-wheel-drive diesel features a new intelligent driveline system. This system varies torque to the axles based on driver input and data that is gathered about the vehicle’s surroundings from sensors which are located in the car. It can optimize power delivery for efficiency and traction. And it also improves both fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
90 Eight-speed Auto Gear Box
All the Defender 90 models make use of an eight-speed auto gearbox. The Petrol versions feature an all-wheel-drive, while the Ingenium diesel makes use of the new intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
Land Rover says that price for the Defender 90 range will start from 43,625 pounds in the UK, compared to the 45,315 pounds for the 110.
The Defender range also gained a new X-Dynamic trim level, and this features a number of rugged styling upgrades. These upgrades include Silicon Satin front and rear skid pans, badging and grille bars. Among other changes, the alloy wheels gain a new black finish.