It’s big news for the 12 000 people who have already configured their orders on Land Rover’s website.
First deliveries in June will only be the five-door Defender 110 models. While order books are open for both models, first shipments of the smaller three-door 90 models will only land at the end of 2020.
Land Rover SA has reported “remarkable interest” in the new Defender and considering all the headlines and attention surrounding the “toughest Land Rover yet”, it’s no surprise that over 76 000 browsers have visited the Defender page on the local site and more than 9 000 people have downloaded the brochure.
No fewer than 30 derivatives
South African customers have a choice of 30 derivatives of the new Defender. The car will come in Standard, S, SE, HSE, First Edition (limited) and X specifications — each of these upping the ante in terms of standard equipment, mod cons and technology. This is before you get to the various “Accessory Packs” with which you can order your new “Landy”.
The Standard spec car offers a multitude of equipment including a 10-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment, 3D Surround Camera and Parking Aid, Wading Sensors, Adaptive Air Suspension, Terrain Response, Steel Wheels and more.
The S spec adds LEDs with Auto High Beam, additions of leather, larger wheels, centre armrest and Pivi Pro Infotainment with an Interactive Driver Display system.
SE spec adds touches like Premium LEDs and fog lights, colour-matched door handles, larger 20-inch wheels, electric steering column and ClearSight Rearview mirror, Grained leather-Robust textile seats and an improved Meridian sound system.
In HSE spec, more lux items are on display including more leather throughout the cabin, sliding panoramic roof, Driver Assistance Package and a different 5-spoke wheel design. In HSE spec, you also get the option of a fabric roof (on Defender 90 models).
Defender X is a tougher grade, more luxurious specification – the flagship Defender. It includes a number of additional aesthetic and material differences as well as the full suite of off-road capability including the electronic active diff and an entirely configurable Terrain Response 2 system.
Choice of four ‘Accessory Packs’
It must be noted that the new Land Rover Defender is entirely configurable. You can build one to your specifications with all manner of thoroughly researched and refined options.
From the colour of the roof, the wheel colour and designs, the interior trim colours and grades, the lighting, the exterior body colours – this is near to specifying a much more expensive supercar in terms of personalisation options.
And this is before you get to the lifestyle personalisation and off-road options. Land Rover has created four Accessory Packs to suit different lifestyles. These enhance the vehicle’s capability.
The Explorer Pack: As the name suggests, is for those with a strong overland desire. This pack includes a roof rack, wheel arch protection, mud flaps, spare wheel covers, a raised air intake, side-mounted gear carrier and bonnet decals.
The Adventure Pack: also includes a spare wheel cover and mud flaps, but also the added benefit of an air compressor, portable and versatile seat backpack and a pressurised water rinse system for cleaning off muddy boots and wetsuits.
The Country Pack: This includes the mud flaps and a full height rear partition in addition to foldable side steps, scuff plates and wheel arch protection.
The Urban Pack: This is mostly aesthetic and consists of bright pedals in the cabin, spare wheel cover, front undershield protection and rear scuff plates. This pack can be upgraded to add deployable side steps and side tubes for more protection to the side of the car (but they also add a measure of cool).
All of these packages come with further upgrades for the most personalised Land Rover Defender you may want.
At launch, customers will have the choice of the following:
The D240, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbodiesel unit with 177kW of power and 430Nm of torque. The P300, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol unit with 221kW and 400Nm and the range-topping P400, a Mild-Hybrid drivetrain employing a straight-six, 3.0-litre turbocharged unit. In addition to a 48V supercharger being attached, the system also makes use of a 48V battery coupled to a DC converter. This harvests and stores energy and redeploys it for use in improving efficiency. The P400 delivers a healthy 294kW and 550Nm of torque.
So finally, what does it cost?
Defender 110 Pricing
Defender 110 177kW D240 StandardR 999 000Defender 110 177kW D240 SR1 042 800Defender 110 177kW D240 SER1 099 500Defender 90 177kW D240 HSER1 156 600Defender 110 177kW D240 HSER1 198 700Defender 110 177kW D240 First EditionR1 199 500Defender 110 221kW P300 StandardR999 000Defender 110 221kW P300 SR1 042 800Defender 110 221kW P300 SE R1 099 500Defender 110 221kW P300 HSER1 198 700Defender 110 294kW P400 StandardR1 129 400Defender 110 294kW P400 SR1 164 800Defender 110 294kW P400 SE R1 224 300Defender 110 294kW P400 HSE R1 320 700Defender 110 294kW P400 First EditionR1 310 400Defender 110 294kW P400 XR1 498 400
Defender 90 Pricing
Defender 90 177kW D240 StandardR 948 000Defender 90 177kW D240 SR996 500Defender 90 177kW D240 SER1 060 200Defender 90 177kW D240 HSER1 156 600Defender 90 177kW D240 First EditionR1 142 200Defender 90 221kW P300 StandardR948 000Defender 90 221kW P300 SR996 500Defender 90 221kW P300 SER1 060 200Defender 90 221kW P300 HSER1 156 600Defender 90 294kW P400 StandardR1 078 400Defender 90 294kW P400 SR1 113 800Defender 90 294kW P400 SE R1 172 500Defender 90 294kW P400 HSER1 268 900Defender 90 294kW P400 First EditionR1 254 500Defender 90 294kW P400 XR1 486 700