New Land Rover Defender unveiled, priced from ‘around £40,000’

The new 2020 Land Rover Defender has finally been officially unveiled and, surprisingly, it appears it will undercut its main rival, the Jeep Wrangler.

To begin with, the longer Defender 110 will be the sole choice, while the shorter Defender 90 will follow later.

The Defender 110 is available in five, six or 5+2 seating configurations with load-space capacity of 1,075 litres behind the second row of seats, rising to 2,380 litres with the seats folded. The 90 will be able to carry six occupants.

The interior makes use of wipe-clean surfaces and rubberised flooring, while an optional folding fabric roof offers an open-air feel and the chance for second-row passengers to stand up for that ‘safari experience.’

Based on Land Rover’s D7x architecture, said to be 95% new and three times stiffer than traditional body-on-frame designs, the new Defender’s most controversial aspect is the switch from solid axles to a fully independent set-up.

All models are equipped with automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer box; Defender 110 features air suspension, while the 90 uses coil springs as standard.

A new Configurable Terrain Response system makes its debut on the new Defender, and it allows experienced drivers to fine-tune individual vehicle systems should they choose, or leave the system to make alterations automatically using a new intelligent Auto mode.

The figures are impressive – 291mm of ground clearance, a 900mm wading depth (supported by a new Wade drive mode), and approach, breakover and departure angles of 38, 28, and 40 degrees.

ClearSight Ground View uses a front-mounted camera to project an image of the terrain obscured by the bonnet on to the central touch-screen, while the infotainment system is said to require fewer inputs to accomplish tasks.

The system has been designed to receive regular over-the-air updates, too, with the company suggesting that the Defender’s capabilities will only get better over time.

Power will come from a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

To begin with, the line-up will start with a pair of 2.0-litre diesels – the 200hp D200 and 240hp D240, which both deliver CO2 emissions of 199 g/km and economy of 37.7 mpg.

A 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol with 300hp follows, badged P300, while a P400 six-cylinder petrol with mild-hybrid system tops the range for now.

The plug-in hybrid models will follow later.

The Defender range comprises six models – S, SE, HSE, First Edition and X in addition to the base model – while a range of accessory packs (Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban) offer the chance to adopt a distinct character.

All Defenders are equipped with a heated windscreen, heated power-folding door mirrors with auto-dimming and approach lights, automatic LED headlights and wipers, 8-way heated semi-powered front seats, dual-zone climate control, 180W sound system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 10-inch touch-screen, 3D Surround Camera, ClearSight Ground View, cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive speed limiter.

S models gain 19-inch alloy wheels instead of steels, high-beam assist, leather steering wheel and gear-shift, and centre console with armrest.

SE models include front fog lights, automatic headlight levelling with ‘premium’ LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, 12-way electric seats, ClearSight rear-view mirror, 400W Meridian sound system, blind spot assist and rear traffic monitor.

HSE models feature a folding fabric roof on the 90 or a sliding panoramic version for the 110, Matrix LED headlights, 14-way heated and cooled front seats, leather upgrade, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and rear collision monitor.

Range-topping X models gain a unique design package with a black roof, black bonnet, darkened tail lights and other items, plus heated rear seats, walnut veneer trim, illuminated metal tread-plates, premium cabin lighting, 700W Meridian sound system, head-up display, upgraded Configurable Terrain Response Control, and electronic active differential.  90 models also gain air suspension with adaptive dynamics.

The First Edition model with a unique mix of trim and kit will only be available for the first year of production.

Interestingly, some colours – notably Indus Silver, Gondwana Stone and Pangea Green – will be available with a new Satin Protective Film from the factory that protects against scratches accumulated while green-laning.

The new Land Rover Defender 110 is priced from £45,240 while the Defender 90 will arrive later priced from around £40,000.

A commercial variant will be offered from around £35,000 plus VAT.

2020 Land Rover Defender Prices

D200 Defender 110£45,240.00
D200 S 110£48,695.00
D200 SE 110£52,625.00

D240 Defender 110
D240 S 110£51,750.00
D240 SE 110£55,680.00
D240 HSE 110£60,505.00
D240 First Edition 110£58,860.00

2.0L Si4 300HP PETROL
P300 Defender 110£48,295.00
P300 S 110£51,750.00
P300 SE 110£55,680.00

3.0L i6 400HP PETROL
P400 X 110£78,800.00