The new Land Rover Defender 110 was introduced in South Africa midway through 2020. Now the compact, short wheelbase Defender 90 has followed its Defender 110 sibling’s tracks with its launch in South Africa from the 1st of June.
Available in South Africa now, the Defender 90 is regarded as the most capable and connected Land Rover to date and can trace its roots back to the original Series I model of 1948. The model range will consist out of the base Defender S, X-Dynamic, First Edition and top-of-the-range Defender X models, each sold with a choice of four engine options.
As an entry point to the range, the Defender S features standard equipment including LED headlights with auto high beam assist, keyless entry, Ebony grained leather with woven textile seat facings, a Pivi Pro 10-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an interactive driver display.
Some of the driver assistance features include items such as Terrain Response, 3D surround cameras, emergency braking, lane keep assist, 360-degree parking aid, wade sensing and a driver condition monitor. The X-Dynamic model bridges the gap between Defender and Defender X with a tough exterior look and unique interior fittings to set it apart from the rest of the line-up. Durable Robustec material is found on the seat ribbons and Console Finisher.
Robustec is a protective and hard-wearing material inspired by textiles used in extreme outdoor activities and is used inside the Defender on areas that are subject to heightened wear. The Defender X-Dynamic is available with a choice of SE and HSE Specification Packs.
On the range-topping X derivative, the gloss black inset contrast hood is standard along with Gloss Black claddings. To give further differentiation between the X and Core vehicles, the front and rear skid pans and other detailed exterior parts are coated in a Starlight Satin finish while the brake callipers are painted orange, the dashboard cross beam has a dark grey powder coat brushed finish and the door sill treadplates are illuminated with Defender script.
The X model is also fitted, as standard, with air suspension along with an electronic active rear diferential, configurable Terrain Response 2, a sliding panoramic roof, Matrix LED headlights, 14-way heated and cooled front seats, ClearSight interior rear view mirror and a head-up display among others.
The Defender First Edition, available for one year from launch, is available in Pangea Green, Gondwana Stone or Hakuba Silver, with a folding fabric sunroof incorporated in the contrast white roof. Standard fare includes air suspension, 12-way heated seats, an electrically adjustable steering column ClearSight rear view mirror and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The iconic 4×4 embraces the 21st century technologies and Land Rover’s Pivi infotainment, which features an intuitive interface and its own back-up battery for always-on responses, which come as a standard feature. Advanced software-over-the-air updates also ensure customers always benefit from the latest software, wherever they are in the world.
The Configurable Terrain Response program allows drivers to set-up the vehicle to suit precise offroad conditions and surfaces when adventuring. The Terrain Response 2 system also includes a new Wade program which optimises all the vehicle’s systems accordingly to allow safe passage through water up to 900mm deep.
At the South African launch, the Defender 90 line-up includes four engine options comprising of two diesel and
two petrol units. The 2.0-litre D240 turbodiesel produces 177kW and 430Nm, enabling the 0-100km/h sprint in 9 seconds with a top speed of 188km/h.
The 2.0-litre P300 turbopetrol with 221kW and 400Nm achieves the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.1 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 191km/h. The more powerful 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder options include a P400 petrol featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology with outputs of 294kW and 550Nm, and a D300 diesel with 221kW and with a torque figure of 650Nm. These two models accelerate from 0-100 in 6 and 6.7 seconds respectively, with top speeds of 191km/h for both.