Three seating configurations, three engine options, four accessory packs and six specification packs, Land Rover’s new Defender 110 can be personalised like no Defender before
Off the back of last week’s digital launch of the new Land Rover Defender in SA, and news of the renewal of a long-standing relationship with the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, Land Rover is quick to remind everyone of key details on the new Defender 110. Available in 110 guise, which is a historic nod to the 110-inch wheelbase of the previous generation, the Defender 110 body style offers a choice of five-, six- or seven-seat configurations and a loadspace ranging from 1 075 litres behind the second row, to 2 380 litres with seats folded.
At South African launch the Defender 110 line-up includes a flagship 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder P400 featuring efficient Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle tech – 294 kW and 550 Nm is the result. Alternatively, there are two 2.0-litre variants, with a P300 turbocharged petrol offering 221 kW and 400 Nm, and a D240 twin turbocharged diesel producing 177 kW and 430 Nm.
What comes as standard?
A comprehensive model range is available, with four specification packs including base Defender, S, SE and HSE models. Standard features in all versions include permanent all-wheel drive with a high- and low-range transfer box, air suspension, Terrain Response, LED headlights, Connected Navigation, 3D Surround Cameras, 10-inch Pivi Pro infotainment, a Driver Condition Monitor, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Smartphone Packs.
Over and above the four specification packs is a top of the line Defender X which is based on an HSE but adds a black contrast roof and bonnet, Starlight Satin Chrome accents, orange brake calipers, rear recovery eyes, a 700 W Meridian Surround Sound System with subwoofer, Head-up Display, 14-way Windsor Leather with Steelcut Premium Textile and Configurable Terrain Response 2.
Is there a special First Edition?
A Defender 110 First Edition, available throughout the first year of production, is based on the SE model but adds standout features such as unique First Edition badging, illuminated tread plates, a Black Pack, 20-inch wheels, and a black contrast roof with sliding panoramic glass. The First Edition also benefits from grained leather upholstery, a refrigerated centre console, domestic plug sockets and Configurable Terrain Response 2. Four Accessory Packs include: The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban Packs which each give Defender a distinct character with a specially selected range of enhancements.
The Explorer Pack includes a raised air intake, a lightweight Expedition roof rack to carry up to 132 kg, a 24-litre exterior side-mounted gear carrier, matte black bonnet decal, and wheel arch protection. The Adventure Pack, developed to make more of nature’s playground, consists of a portable rinse system, a 20-litre Seat Backpack, bright rear scuff plate, front and rear mudflaps, a spare wheel cover, an integrated air compressor ideal for inflating tyres or air mattresses, and the same side-mounted Gear Carrier.
A Country Pack equips the Defender with front and rear Classic mudflaps, a full height loadspace partition to prevent items in the rear from entering the cabin, wheel arch protection, a bright rear scuff plate and the portable rinse system. Finally, the Urban Pack comprises bright metal pedals, a bright rear scuff plate, a spare wheel cover, and front undershield protection.
All of these Accessory Packs are upgradeable with extended options including deployable side steps, deployable roof ladders, front A-frame protection bars, deep-sided rubber or luxury floor and boot mats, and different wheel options to name a few.
Tell me about the 4×4 stuff
Permanent all-wheel drive and a twin-speed automatic gearbox, centre differential and optional Active Locking Rear Differential ensure the Defender has the hardware required to tackle the harshest conditions. Configurable Terrain Response allows experienced off-roaders to fine-tune individual vehicle settings to perfectly suit the conditions, while inexperienced drivers can leave the system to detect the best settings automatically for the conditions, using the intelligent Auto function.
Off-road geometry sees ground clearance of up to 291 mm and maximum suspension articulation of 500 mm. The Defender 110’s approach, breakover and departure angles are 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively when set in Off Road height. Air suspension provides an off-road ride height lift of 75 mm and supreme ride comfort across all surfaces. An additional 70 mm of lift means the air system can raise the body by a maximum of 145 mm when needed, while Elegant Arrival automatically lowers the body by 50mm to aid access.
With a maximum suspension articulation of 500 mm, the Defender can tackle 45-degree side slopes and inclines of 45 degrees with customary composure. A maximum wading depth of 900 mm is supported by a new Wade programme in the Terrain Response 2 system, which automatically softens the throttle response, sets the heating and ventilation to recirculate cabin air, locks the driveline and adjusts the ride height to its off-road setting.
Land Rover’s advanced ClearSight Ground View technology helps drivers take full advantage of Defender’s all-conquering capability by showing the area usually hidden by the bonnet and directly ahead of the front wheels, on the Pivi Pro touchscreen.
If you’re in the market for a new Land Rover Defender, you’re spoilt for choice. For a full list of standard specifications and to specify your ideal Defender visit www.buildyourlandrover.co.za. The short-wheelbase Defender 90, with seating for up to six, is scheduled for South African introduction early next year.
Defender 110 Pricing
Defender 110 177 kW D240 R1 050 100
Defender 110 177 kW D240 S R1 096 100
Defender 110 177 kW D240 SE R1 155 600
Defender 110 177 kW D240 HSE R1 259 800
Defender 110 177 kW D240 First Edition R1 260 600
Defender 110 221 kW P300 Standard R1 050 100
Defender 110 221 kW P300 S R1 096 100
Defender 110 221 kW P300 SE R1 155 600
Defender 110 221 kW P300 HSE R1 259 800
Defender 110 294 kW P400 R1 187 000
Defender 110 294 kW P400 S R1 224 200
Defender 110 294 kW P400 SE R1 286 700
Defender 110 294 kW P400 HSE R1 387 900
Defender 110 294 kW P400 First Edition R1 377 100
Defender 110 294 kW P400 X R1 574 500
*Prices include VAT but exclude CO2