Embracing the future - 2021 Land Rover Defender line-up to include hybrid powertrain

• Land Rover South Africa will expand its Defender line-up in 2021.

• The revised range will include a new hybrid model.

• Land Rover will also add an X-Dynamic model to expand the choice of specifications.

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Land Rover South Africa will expand its Defender range in the first half of 2021 with the introduction of several new models.

For the first time on the Defender, a plug-in hybrid model will make its debut, powered by a 297kW powertrain and able to return a fuel economy of just 2.8-litres/100km.

A new six-cylinder diesel engine will also be added, in addition to a new model, the Defender X-Dynamic, that will bridge the gap between the Defender and Defender X models. The X-Dynamic expands the choice of specifications on the Defender range.

The updates will take effect on both the Defender 110 and Defender 90.

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2021 Land Rover Defender 90 (MotorPress)

The hybrid

The Defender 110 line-up will feature the new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. Called the P400e, the model will combine a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a 105kW electric motor powered by a 19.2kWh battery. Land Rover claims that in full-electric mode, the SUV can cover up to 43km, including off-road driving where the immediate torque from the electric motor will, theoretically, make Defender even more capable.

The turbocharged 2.0-litre engine is good for 221kW, helping the big SUV reach 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 191km/h.

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Standard on all Defender P400e models are 20-inch alloy wheels, Electronic Air Suspension and a charging port located on the left-hand side of the vehicle. All PHEV variants come with a Mode 3 charging cable as standard, while an optional Mode 2 cable is also available. The Mode 3 charging cable enables charging to 80% in two hours, while charging via a Mode 2 cable will take around seven hours to charge to 80% - ideal for home charging overnight. Using a rapid charger, the P400e charges to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.

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2021 Land Rover Defender 110 P400e (MotorPress)

The new diesel

The new 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel engine is said to offer enhanced torque delivery, smooth responses and improved fuel economy, according to Land Rover. The new D300's engine delivers 221kW and 650Nm, providing a 0-100km/h time of 6.7sec for the Defender 90 and 7.0sec for the 110.

Land Rover says that the D300's 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 intelligent torque distribution system, according to Land Rover, optimises the driveline for traction, on-road dynamics and driveline efficiency, resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions - all without sacrificing any of Defender's inherent off-road capability.

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2021 Land Rover Defender 110 (MotorPress)

Defender 90 prices:

D240 S                                     R1 095 600
D300 S                                     R1 186 800
P300 S                                     R1 095 600
P400 S                                     R1 214 200
D240 X-Dynamic SE                R1 215 500
D300 X-Dynamic SE                R1 297 000
P300 X-Dynamic SE                 R1 215 500
P400 X-Dynamic SE                 R1 338 600
D240 X-Dynamic HSE              R1 284 400
D300 X-Dynamic HSE              R1 365 900
P300 X-Dynamic HSE              R1 284 400
90 P400 X-Dynamic HSE         R1 407 500
90 D240 First Edition              R1 223 800
90 P400 First Edition               R1 341 700
D300 X                                     R1 542 100
P400 X                                     R1 575 000

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2021 Land Rover Defender 90 (MotorPress)

Defender 110 prices:

D240 S                                     R1 143 900
D300 S                                     R1 235 900
P300 S                                     R1 143 900
P400 S                                     R1 265 000
P400e S                                  R1 519 100
D240 X-Dynamic SE                R1 269 100
D300 X-Dynamic SE                R1 350 700
P300 X-Dynamic SE                 R1 269 100
P400 X-Dynamic SE                 R1 390 200
P400e X-Dynamic SE               R1 610 700
D240 X-Dynamic HSE              R1 333 800
D300 X-Dynamic HSE              R1 415 400
P300 X-Dynamic HSE              R1 333 800
P400 X-Dynamic HSE              R1 454 900
P400e X-Dynamic HSE            R1 675 500
D240 First Edition                   R1 281 000
P400 First Edition                    R1 397 500
D300 X                                     R1 596 300
P400 X                                     R1 640 600
P400e X                                   R1 726 600

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2021 Land Rover Defender 110 P400e (MotorPress)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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