Meet the All New Defender at our Retailer Preview Tours!
This is your chance to explore the all New Defender and experience the look and feel of this reimagined icon!
Click the link below to register for the tour at your local Lancaster Retailer;
|Lancaster Land Rover Birmingham North||Wednesday 22nd January||2pm - 8pm||Register Here|
|Lancaster Land Rover Milton Keynes||Saturday 23rd November||10am - 5pm||Register Here|
|Lancaster Land Rover Reading||Wednesday 11th December||2pm - 8pm||Register Here|
|Lancaster Land Rover Slough||Saturday 18th January||10am - 5pm||Register Here|
|Lancaster Land Rover Tonbridge||Wednesday 27th November||2pm - 8pm||Register Here|
|Lancaster Land Rover Wolverhampton||Tuesday 19th November||2pm - 8pm||Register Here|
In a category of its own, the iconic Land Rover Defender has evolved and is tough and unstoppable, the most capable Land Rover ever.
The word ‘icon’ is overused, but the original Defender – designed in 1948, respected the world over – truly deserved it. Its successor has been eagerly awaited, and now it’s here. Equally rugged looks, outstanding off-road performance – but also cleaner, more efficient and a lot more civilised to live with and drive on tarmac.
One of the hardest tasks for Design Director Gerry McGovern and team was to encapsulate the spirit of the Defender without going retro. With its upright stance, short front and rear overhangs and straight waistline running front to rear the new Defender captures the essence of the old model, while the front grille has a hint of Discovery 4 about it. Alpine light windows set in the roof are another design echo. The rear door is side-hinged and there’s the option of a door-mounted spare wheel. Inside, it’s functional and minimalist, with a low, flat-top dashboard, cast from magnesium alloy, that’s a structural part of the car. A central ‘jump’ seat is optional for the front, giving the option of five, six or 5+2 seating. Boot space in the five-door 110 longer-wheelbase model is 1075 litres, rising to 2390 litres if the second row of seats is folded. A shorter 90 model will be introduced later.
Buyers face a choice of two petrol engines, the four-cylinder P300 and six-cylinder P400. The P300 hits 62mph from a standstill in 8.1sec with 227g/km CO2 emissions. The 396bhp P400 uses mild-hybrid technology to deliver 406lb ft of torque, a 0-62mph time of 6.4sec, economy of 29.4mpg and CO2 of 220g/km. Alternatively, two four-cylinder diesels, the D200 and D240, both deliver 317lb ft of torque and 37.2mpg, but the D240 is faster off the mark with 0-62mph in 9.1 sec rather than 10.3. There is no manual transmission option.
With the Defender name, off-road performance had to be world class. The D7x platform is the stiffest Land Rover has ever built and the Defender is equipped with Configurable Terrain Response, three levels of throttle and gearbox sensitivity and permanent four-wheel drive. A twin-speed transmission, locking centre differential and active rear locking differential make light work of the rough stuff, as does a wading depth of 900mm.
Most of the Defender’s advanced technology is in the chassis and terrain response systems, but the driver and passengers also enjoy Land Rover’s next-generation infotainment system, called Pivi Pro, accessed from a 10.0-inch digital touchscreen. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility comes as standard, and system updates can be made over the air. The range will include Defender, S, SE, HSE, First Edition and X models, and there are four accessory packs called Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban depending on your needs. Winches, a roof-top tent and waterproof awnings are all on the options list for the adventurous of spirit.
Defender is the first Land Rover model to feature next generation braking technology that provides quicker and quieter responses than conventional systems, enhancing the driving experience. Blind Spot Assist comes standard while the optional Driver Assist Pack includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Pre-Collision Monitor, which alerts following drivers who are failing to slow down by automatically flashing the hazard lights.
People loved the old Defender, but it was slow, noisy and dated by the time production ended. Simplicity was at the core of its appeal, but today’s vehicles must be more efficient, emit fewer emissions and be safer and more comfortable to drive. Land Rover has managed to capture the spirit of the old Defender without looking backwards. The new model is even more rugged, just as capable when the going gets tough and far more versatile. Come and take a closer look.