All New Land Rover Defender launched in India at 73.98 Lakhs


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JLR India, today announced the launch of the New Land Rover Defender in India. The New Land Rover Defender is the toughest and most capable Land Rover ever made. It is also the most technologically advanced. The Defender has been reinvented for the 21st century with a new reductive design approach, coupled with all-new technologies and capabilities.

Defender’s signature elements such as minimal front and rear overhangs, Alpine light windows, side-hinged rear tailgate, and externally-mounted spare wheel, preserve the character of the original model.

Retaining practicality and functionality at its core, the Defender’s cabin has an ergonomic design that offers 5 + 2 seating configurations with an innovative optional front row centre seat also known as jump seat. The second-row seatbacks are split 40:20:40 for maximum flexibility, while load space rails on the floor of the luggage space come with a range of load retention accessories to prevent smaller items from moving around inside.

The standard model uses resolve textiles while the S & SE use Grained Leather with a Robust Woven textile & HSE gets high-grade Windsor Leather with Steel-cut premium textile from Kvadrat, which is a 30 percent wool blend. The available veneer options are in rough-cut Walnut or Natural Smoked Dark Oak Veneer while powder coated colours like Dark Grey and Light Grey are standard with the option of product-inspired white for all the exposed parts.

Offered with a 2.0 Litre Turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque, the new Defender is available in two distinct body styles, the very sporty 90 (3 door) and the versatile 110 (5 door).

The vehicle has been designed on the bespoke D7x platform. The lightweight all-aluminium monocoque construction of the D7x Architecture thus making the Defender more rigid than traditional body-on-frame designs.


The new Defender’s Configurable Terrain Response and Terrain Response 2 enhances the All-Terrain Capability and allows customers to personalise the off-road system preferences. The Adaptive Dynamics provide a connected on-road driving experience. Adaptive Dynamics is available with Electronic Air Suspension, allowing customers to fine-tune the driving characteristics. The system’s adaptive dampers monitor body movements up to 500 times per second and respond almost instantaneously to optimise control and comfort.


For off-roading, the new Defender has an impressive maximum approach angle of 38 degrees, maximum Break over angle of 28 degrees (31 degrees on 90) and maximum departure angle of 40 degrees. With Wade Sensing screen on the infotainment system, the Defender has a water wading depth of 900 mm. The New Defender delivers a maximum towing capacity of 3,720 kg coupled with a roof load capacity of 168 kg.

The new Defender is flanked by a series of technological advancements adding to the durability and capability of the vehicle. It introduces Land Rover’s new Pivi Pro infotainment system. The next-generation touchscreen is intuitive and user-friendly, requiring few inputs to perform frequently used tasks, while its always-on design guarantees almost instant responses.

The new Defender sports the next-generation Electronic Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) supporting SOTA (Software-Over-The-Air) updates. SOTA allows customers to receive updates without visiting the retailer. Within the lifetime of the new Defender, the embedded diagnostics system will be able to alert customers about issues and either prevent or resolve them automatically as a data connection replaces a traditional toolkit.

The Infotainment in the new Land Rover Defender includes a 25.4 cm (10) Touchscreen with Connected Navigation Pro and a 31.24 cm (12.3) high-definition Interactive Driver Display. It can be personalised to include a full-screen map, phone and media functionality. The vehicle also offers ClearSight Rear Mirror, which uses a live video feed to ensure that you always enjoy an unobstructed view & ClearSight Ground View which is available as a part of the 3D Surround Camera system. ClearSight Ground View allows you to effectively see ‘through’ Defender’s bonnet and displays multiple exterior views, including the vehicle’s underside and wheels. For comfort, the vehicle has an optional Meridian Surround Sound System (700 W), which includes 14 speakers and a dual channel subwoofer, heated and cooled seats and premium cabin lighting gives you 10 configurable options so you can match your surroundings to your mood, personality, or driving style.

The new Land Rover Defender is a highly customizable vehicle. Customers can choose from seven exterior colour that are exclusive to the Defender. A range of 9-wheel designs are also provided on the New Defender. In a way, the new Defender offers choice from among 170 individual accessories and four distinct Accessory packs, namely the Explorer Pack, The Adventure Pack, The Country Pack and the Urban Pack. Thus, allowing customers to explore unlimited customization possibilities.

The new Defender 90 is priced from ? 73.98 Lakhs and the New Defender 110 is priced from ? 79.94 Lakhs (ex-showroom India). Deliveries of Defender 110 have already begun while deliveries of Defender 90 will commence from first Quarter of 2021.

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