Land Rover Defender – three styles, six engine variants; top 130 version to seat eight: report

The Land Rover Defender news trickle feed continues, and now we know that the iconic off-roader is set to come in three body styles along with a choice of six engine variants including diesels, petrols and a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, according to Automotive News.

Spearheading the launch will the the Defender 110 model, measuring 4,758 mm long, 1,916 mm tall and 1,999 mm wide with a 3,022 mm wheelbase, made to accommodate seven and is slated for launch in October. Next up will be the shorter Defender 90 set for launch in March 2020, with seating for six; this measures 4,323 mm long, 1,927 mm tall and 1,999 mm wide with a 2,587 mm wheelbase.

Largest of the trio will be the Defender 130, set for launch in August 2020 as a 2022-year model, according to a photographed presentation slide. This will contain seating for eight, and will measure 5,100 mm long, 1,915 mm tall and an identical 1,999 mm wide, with the same 3,022 mm wheelbase as the Defender 110.

Engine specifications were also detailed for the Defender 90 and 110. The D200, D240 and D300 designations refer to respective outputs, the first two being 2.0 litre four-pot turbodiesels with 200 PS and 430 Nm of torque, and 240 PS and 430 Nm of torque respectively; the third is a 3.0 litre six-cylinder putting out 300 PS and 650 Nm of torque.

Three petrol versions also feature, inlcuding one plug-in hybrid. First is a P300 variant with 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque, followed by an electrified P400e with 404 PS; these are listed as 2.0 litre engines. Rounding up the petrol trio is a P400 variant, powered by a 3.0 litre six-cylinder with 400 PS and 550 Nm of torque; this will likely be the inline-six Ingenium powerplant.

The report also reveals five trim levels – Standard, S, SE, HSE and the range-topping X. The base Standard trim brings LED headlamps with DRLs and rear fog lamps, the S trim level adding front fog lamps to the list. The SE trim then gains ‘Premium’ LEDs with signature DRLs and auto high-beam assist, while the HSE trim upgrades this to a Matrix LED setup, also with auto high-beam assist; X trim adds darkened tail lamps.

Upholstery starts with fabric trimmed, eight-way semi-powered seats in the base Standard, the S gaining 12-way semi-powered adjustment with ‘performance material’ trim. The SE then adds 14-way electric adjustment with memory, while the HSE and top X variant gets premium Windsor leather trim on 18-way electrically adjustable seats with memory and climate control.

Infotainment-wise, the Standard starts with 140W, six-speaker audio, with visuals courtesy of a 10-inch touchscreen and a seven-inch central digital instrument display. The S upgrades that to 12-inch digital instrumentation, while the SE adds a 370W, 10-speaker Meridian sound system. The top two HSE and X variants use a 740W Meridian surround sound system with 14 speakers.

Additionally, the Defender will come with four option packs – Capability, Interior Upgrade, Exterior and Convenience, along with stand-alone options, another slide shows. Accessories options also appear to be divided into Explorer, Adventure, Urban and Country categories.

Confirmed chassis details have yet to appear, though we know from prior spyshots that the forthcoming Defender will adopt air suspension in at least one of its variants, namely the 110 which will be the launch model. A source ‘close to Jaguar Land Rover’ has suggested to Autocar that the new Defender will be priced from £40,000 (RM208,553) in the UK.

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