Land Rover's Defender bags five star safety rating

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2021 Land Rover Defender (MotorPress)
2021 Land Rover Defender (MotorPress)

• The 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 scored a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. 

• The 4x4 posted impressive scores of 85% for Child Occupant protection and 79% for Safety Assist on its way to a five-star overall performance

• The new model features Autonomous Emergency Braking technology capable of detecting pedestrians and cyclists. 

Land Rover's new Defender 110 has earned another five-star review – this time from the safety experts at Euro NCAP latest round of test results, the maximum score.

The Defender wears an ultra-stiff aluminium-intensive body construction and is fitted with smart technologies such as emergency braking, lane keep assist and rear collision monitor. 

Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Defender

Impressive scores

It is fitted with six airbags, while up to three Isofix mounting points are available. The Defender scored 85% for Adult and Child Occupant protection, 79% for Safety Assist and achieved a 71% score for Vulnerable Road Users on its way to a five-star overall rating.

Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "From the moment we started creating the New Defender, we were obsessed with functional safety and the protection of both the occupants and other road users. It's an incredible honour to receive this recognition from Euro NCAP who have endorsed our New Defender with their five-star rating."

Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Defender

In terms of advanced driver assistance technologies, the Defender is fitted with:

Emergency Braking – Designed to detect if a potential frontal collision with another vehicle may occur and displays a forward alert to warn the driver to brake. If the driver doesn't respond, the vehicle will deploy emergency braking to reduce the severity of the possible impact.

Blind Spot Assist – A flashing icon in the appropriate wing mirror helps alerts the driver to obstacles in, or quickly approaching, your blind spot.

3D Surround Camera – Assists the driver during low-speed manoeuvres using advanced camera technology to provide a 3D view of Defender in its environment on the central Pivi Pro display.

Land Rover Defender
2021 Land Rover Defender (MotorPress)

Clear Exit Monitor – Helps warn of a possible threat when preparing to open any door from the inside using sensors in the bumper to monitor approaching traffic.

Adaptive Cruise Control – Maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front. If the vehicle ahead stops, the technology will bring the vehicle to a smooth halt.

Driver Condition Monitor – Designed to sense driver fatigue by monitoring steering, brake and accelerator inputs to provide alerts when tiredness is detected.

Lane Keep Assist – Helps to detect unintentional lane drift and applies corrective counter-steering to maintain lane position.

Land Rover Defender
2021 Land Rover Defender (MotorPress)

Rear Collision Monitor – If a vehicle approaching from behind is not slowing down, the vehicle will attempt to alert the approaching driver by automatically flashing the hazard lights. 

Rear Traffic Monitor – Designed to warn of vehicles, pedestrians or other hazards approaching from either side – particularly useful when reversing out of a parking bay. 

Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter – Informs the driver of the current speed limit and adjusts the vehicle speed when entering new speed limit zones automatically.

Wade Sensing – Ultrasonic sensors in the door mirrors provide real-time information about the water depth when wading. 

Land Rover Defender
2021 Land Rover Defender (MotorPress)

eCall+: System is designed to send an automatic message to an emergency call centre in case of a crash or collision, which includes additional location information and the number of seat belts in use.

Multi Collision Brake: Automatically applies the brakes to prevent or mitigate a subsequent impact when the vehicle has been involved in a collision of sufficient severity.

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