Land Rover has finally launched the mighty Defender in India with prices starting from Rs 73.98 lakh. Its available in five variants and two body styles – 90 (three-door) and 110 (five door). Deliveries for the new Land Rover Defender are still some time away and will begin only in April-June 2021.
Two high-end car launches in a single day, what else can an Indian automotive enthusiast wish for. Following the launch of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, Land Rover has launched the mighty Defender in India today. The Land Rover Defender has been launched in India in two body styles – 90 (three-door) and 110 (five door) – and in five variants, with prices starting from 73.98 lakh and going all the way up to Rs 90.46 lakh. Deliveries for the new Land Rover Defender are still some time away and will begin only in April-June 2021.
If you remember, Land Rover had announced prices of the Defender much earlier this year and had also opened bookings for the SUV. Those were however introductory prices and the new prices are about Rs 4 lakh more than what was said before. Customers who had booked their Defender earlier will avail of the lower, introductory price. All fresh bookings made from today will be made at the new price of the Defender. Here’s a detailed variant-wise price list of the Land Rover Defender in India.
Land Rover Defender Price
|Variants||Defender 90||Defender 110|
|Base||Rs 73.98 lakh||Rs 79.94 lakh|
|S||Rs 77.37 lakh||Rs 83.36 lakh|
|SE||Rs 79.94 lakh||Rs 86.64 lakh|
|HSE||Rs 83.91 lakh||Rs 90.46 lakh|
|First Edition||Rs 84.63 lakh||Rs 89.63 lakh|
Land Rover Defender Design
This new Defender is a very handsome looking car. It beautifully retains the old world charm in the form of its boxy profile but hey, look at the details and its every bit modern. The overall boxy profile is then rounded off with smooth curves and lines which gives it quite some sophistication. The butch looking hood, wide wheel arches, and the Alpine windows have all been retained from its predecessor. The short front and rear overhangs, the flat panels and glass area, are all reminiscent of the original icon. The round LED DRLs within those square headlamp housing look very bold on the face as well.
Land Rover Defender Dimensions
|Defender 90||Defender 110|
In terms of dimensions, the Defender 90 measures 4,583mm in length, 1,974mm in height and has a 2,587mm-long wheelbase while the 110 measures 5,018mm in length, 1,967mm in height and has a 3,022mm-long wheelbase. Both however, are 2,008mm wide and while the 3-door 90 comes as a 5-seater, the larger 5-door 110 can be had as a 5+2 seater.
Land Rover Defender Engine Options
The Land Rover Defender is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged petrol engine in India which produces 300bhp and 400Nm of peak torque. This engine belongs to JLR’s Ingenium family of engine and it comes mated to a 8-speed automatic gearbox. You also get Land Rover’s Terrain Response All-Wheel Drive system as standard with permanent four-wheel drive system. 0-100kph takes a claimed 8.0sec in the 90 and 8.1sec in the 110. Internationally, the Defender also gets a four-cylinder diesel and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Land Rover will also be introducing a plug-in hybrid variant of the Defender in India at a later stage.
Land Rover Defender Off-roading Credentials
The new Defender remains a true off-roader. For this purpose, it gets a huge 291mm ground clearance, a 38-degree approach angle and 40-degree departure angle. Water-wading depth is an incredible 900mm. Unlike the Jeep Wrangler which uses a ladder-frame chassis, the Defender uses an aluminum monocoque chassis which they say is the stiffest they have ever produced. Other mechanical bits include a low- range transmission, locking central differential and active rear locking differential.
Land Rover Defender Interiors
On the inside, its a whole new story here as well. The dashboard is properly modern and contemporary but retains the Defender’s boxy and rugged design language. The exposed bolts on the interior are a particular nice touch. There’s a 10-inch infotainment display on a single piece dashboard with an all digital 12-inch instrument cluster and it now comes with JLR’s latest software which is much more user friendly than before. Thankfully, there are physical buttons for the climate controls and other vehicle settings, well put together on a small stack ahead of the infotainment screen along with the gear lever. The way the AC vents have been integrated above the dashboard is also a very nice design element.
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Land Rover Defender Features
- 12.3-inch Digital Instrument Cluster
- 10-inch infotainment display
- Heads-Up Display
- Automatic Climate Control
- Connected Car Tech
- Wireless Charging
- Meridian Audio System
- 12-way Electrically Adjustable and Heated Front Seats,
- 360-Degree Surround Camera
- LED Headlights and Tail Lights
- Electronic Air Suspension (Standard on 110).
- Six Airbags
- ABS and Traction Control
- Driver Condition Monitor
- Blind Spot Assist
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
The Defender is being brought to India via the CBU route under the relaxed import norms. The Defender will be available with multiple optional extras and accessory packs in order to personalize the SUV as per the customers taste. In terms of rivals, the Defender will compete with the Jeep Wrangler and the Mercedes-Benz G 350d. The larger 5-door 110 models will make their way here first, with the 3-door 90 set to follow at a later stage.