Frankfurt Motor Show 2019: Land Rover Defender unveiled

Cornelia Mascio
Сентября 10, 2019

A short-wheelbase 90 model will follow in the near future, while Commercial variants of each are expected in 2020.

Following months of anticipation, the all-new Land Rover Defender made its big debut today at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief design officer, said, 'The new Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it.

Inside, the Defender has a modular, constructivist approach, but as a 21st-century design, it features a touchscreen, Jaguar Land Rover's Pivi Pro infotainment system, and 5G-ready software-over-the-air updates. An additional 12.3-inch interactive driver display sits behind the steering wheel, allowing the driver to switch between navigation and conventional dials or a combination of the two.

Land Rover's new purpose-engineered D7x (for extreme) architecture is based on a lightweight aluminium monoque construction to create the stiffest body structure the brand has ever produced.

Pioneered with earlier Land Rover products, the Defender comes with the Activity Key watch, which allows users to unlock the vehicle from their wrists, while the tech includes Clearsight Ground View, providing 3-D visualization of the terrain below. This is a new Defender for a New Age.

Other technological highlights include a 3D surround camera, capable of providing an augmented visualisation when wading deep water or reversing a trailer. Also on offer are a pair of four-cylinder diesels including the D200 and D240. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and each produce 430Nm of torque.

The Defender 90 can accommodate 6 passengers with the driver. A 48-volt lithium-ion battery stores energy captured during braking, meaning the P400 returns up to 25.2mpg. A plug-in hybrid powertrain will join next year.

In a bid to cater for a wide range of buyers, the new Defender will be offered in a wide range of configurations. The price in the United Kingdom starts from £40,290 (for Defender 90 with a shorter wheelbase) and from £45,240 (for a longer-wheelbase Defender 110). New Defender completes the Land Rover dynasty, joining the peerless luxury and refinement of the Range Rover family and the highly capable and versatile Discovery SUVs It will be available in 90 and 110 body designs, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110.

In Germany, the interested people can configure the model choosing from the Defender 110 (from €55,600), the Defender 110 First Edition (€74,700) and the Defender 110 X (€98,500).

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