Land Rover has officially unveiled its all-new Defender which it hopes will appeal to a wide range of drivers thanks to improved off-road ability and considerable gains in everyday usability, refinement and packaging.
The Defender 110, a five-door model, will cost from £45,240 OTR and is available to order immediately while the shorter wheelbase Defender 90 will cost around £40,000 when it goes on sale next spring.
Leaked documents also suggest that the company is also working on an even bigger ‘130’ edition.
The new car is longer than the last car with better ground clearance.
All models will be four-wheel drive, and all 110 variants will come with air suspension as standard.
The 90 will get a simpler coil set-up, although air will be optional across the 90 range.
Land Rover’s next-generation Electronic Vehicle Architecture, dubbed EVA 2.0, underpins the digital revolution, supporting software-over-the-air updates.
Under the bonnet, a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) powertrain will be available from launch while a powerful and efficient Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) capable of silent zero-emissions driving in EV-mode will join the range next year.
At launch, diesel power comes from a choice of four-cylinder D200 or D240 engines, with sequential twin turbo technology providing 430Nm of torque to optimise performance and economy.
The D200 delivers fuel economy of 37.2mpg and 0-60mph in 9.9 seconds while the more powerful D240 matches the 200PS for efficiency while accelerating from 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds.
Petrol customers will be able to choose between a turbocharged four-cylinder P300 engine and an efficient six-cylinder P400 MHEV powertrain.
The 300HP unit uses an advanced twin-scroll turbo for smooth performance and efficiency, accelerating from 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds.
All engines drive through a smooth and responsive eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and twin-speed transmission, offering low-range ratios for towing and extreme off-roading.