Land Rover doesn’t like to call the Defender an SUV – insisting it is a true 4×4 – but the new car can be had in either short-wheelbase 90 or long-wheelbase 110 form, as tested here.
It comes in a variety of forms. We’ve driven the 2.0 diesel D240, a 237bhp diesel with a 0-60mph time of 8.7seconds and a top speed of 117mph. Then there’s the P400, a V6 petrol engine with a 0-60mph time of 5.8sec and a 119mph top speed.
Prices, in the UK, start at around £45,000, but it’s possible to spec a Defender up to six figures. The cars you see here (driven before the Coronavirus outbreak took hold internationally), were pretty heftily specced, at around £65k for the D240 and £80k+ for the P400.
When it goes on sale, the Land Rover Defender will face competition from all kinds of vehicles, from the Jeep Wrangler to the Ford Ranger Raptor to the Toyota Land Cruiser and more. Here’s what it’s like, driven over vast distances albeit all off-road…