The Land Rover Defender now has advanced new powertrains, new model specifications and more options, making it even more attractive to a broader range of customers.

Land Rover’s powerful and efficient in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine joins the range. It has enhanced torque delivery, smooth responses and lower fuel consumption thanks to its Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology and a new Intelligent All Wheel Drive system.

The MHEV technology uses a Stop/Start system which cuts the engine at a standstill, as well as recuperating energy normally lost under braking or decelerating. This energy is then sent back into the battery pack and can be redeployed later. A key benefit of MHEV is that this energy is used when accelerating, delivering faster responses for greater performance.

The new intelligent driveline system continually varies axle torque based on sensor data from the vehicle’s surroundings and driver inputs to distribute all torque to one axle or the other as required. This optimises the driveline for traction, on-road dynamics and driveline efficiency, without sacrificing any of Defender’s inherent off-road capability.

Defenders D200 and D240 become D200 and D250 models for 2021, using the same in-line six-cylinder Ingenium engine as the D300 with 147kW (200PS) and 183kW (249PS) respectively. Top torque is 500Nm (D200) and 570Nm (D250).

Defender X-Dynamic Pack adds enhancements to deliver a tougher look and feel, with exterior accents, including Silicon Satin front and rear skid pans, with matching grille bar and badging plus Rear Recovery Loops in Satin Black.

Alloy wheels come in Satin Dark Grey/Gloss Black finish, alongside Narvik Black mirror caps, window decals and lower sill and wheel arch cladding.

There are illuminated metal tread plates and Robustek seat material in Duotone colour finish with Robustek. Robustek is a robust protective that’s hard-wearing and resistant to abrasions. Land Rover tells us it’s inspired by workman’s gloves and patches on motorbike jackets, it follows Defender’s theme of being fit for purpose.

The Robustek material is standard on models with the X-Dynamic Pack in a range of colours dependent on the specification pack.

New body colours are Yulong White, Silicon Silver, Hakuba Silver and Carpathian Grey, with white or black Contrast Roofs available with all colours.

Individual options include the 3D surround camera, folding fabric roof for Defender 110, premium LED headlights, a Meridian sound system, head-up display and front fog lights.

Defender’s standard safety features include Emergency Braking, 3D Surround Camera, Driver Condition Monitor, Lane Keep Assist, 360 degree parking aid and adaptive speed limiter and wade sensing.

All models have blind spot assist, clear-exit monitor, adaptive cruise control, rear collision monitor and rear traffic monitor.

Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director Defender, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The Land Rover Defender’s capabilities continue to evolve with a range of powertrain and design enhancements. Defender customers have more choice than ever with a full selection of exterior and interior colours and trims”.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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