2020 Land Rover Defender Assessment, Rankings, Specs, Costs, and Images
After an extended hiatus from gross sales within the U.S., Land Rover’s iconic rough-and-tumble off-roader is again for 2020.
The Land Rover Defender is a tall boxy SUV that’s the godfather to many luxurious SUVs as we speak. In its latest iteration, the Defender is simply as tall, simply as boxy, however with way more luxurious conveniences than its predecessor. The outgoing Defender regarded just like the bins they had been shipped in—and had been simply as comfy generally. Just like the outgoing mannequin, Land Rover gives the Defender in 90 and 110 physique types with two or 4 doorways, respectively.
With the Defender, Land Rover has an upmarket off-roader to compete with well-heeled Jeep Wrangler consumers. The Defender prices at the least $50,925 for a base turbo-Four Defender 110 however a top-trim Defender with an inline-6 can run up the tab to greater than $81,000, earlier than choices, like solely a Land Rover can.
Assessment continues beneath
The 2020 Land Rover Defender will go on sale within the U.S. in early 2020.
Model and efficiency
The brand new-look Defender sheds the barn-door aerodynamics of the outgoing model that was discontinued within the U.S. 22 years in the past for an upright off-roader with only a few rounded corners.
The Defender 90 and Defender 110 look similar from the entrance and have blunt, boxy faces with inset decrease entrance bumpers, thick horizontal strains, sq. shoulders, and an asymmetrical Land Rover badge that floats in a sea of proper angles.
Alongside the perimeters, the 90 and 110 separate—the 110 has an extended wheelbase by 17.2 inches and two extra doorways to accommodate as much as seven passengers—however each have chunky roof pillars, tall window sills, large wheels, and high-mounted home windows within the roof, generally referred to as “alpine windows”—all Land Rover signatures.
The tailgate-mounted spare tire is one other heritage nod, however the LED taillights and rear-end are all about as we speak—the 4 rounded squares within the rear are a far cry from the Defender’s heritage scattershot mild array.
Inside, the Defender strays farther from the previous method with up to date touchscreens and comfort options as an alternative of blocky switchgear and tall shifters. The 90 and 110 are dead-ringers for luxurious off-roaders inside, a block-letter “DEFENDER” throughout the sprint is the one cue that you simply’re not sitting in certainly one of Land Rover’s different swank SUVs.
Underneath the hood, the Defender is out there with a turbo-Four or inline-6 engine, the latter with mild-hybrid help.
The turbo-Four makes 296 horsepower and drives all 4 wheels by way of an 8-speed automated. Regardless of the 110’s hefty weight of about 2.5 tons, which rivals many full-size pickups and even heavy-duty vans powered by V-8s, Land Rover says the turbo-Four will energy the Defender 110 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.
Land Rover’s new inline-6 is out there in Defender 110 fashions and customary in 90 fashions and makes 395 hp. It’s teamed to a mild-hybrid system that makes the engine marginally extra environment friendly and it drives all 4 wheels by way of an 8-speed automated. Land Rover says Defenders geared up with an inline-6 will pace as much as 60 mph in lower than six seconds.
On prime of full-time four-wheel drive, each Defender is supplied with a terrain response system and two-speed switch case. Defender X variations, which is the off-road specialist trim stage within the Defender lineup, get a configurable terrain response system and locking middle and rear differentials for hardcore off-roading.
The brand new Defender rides atop double wishbones up entrance, a rear impartial integral hyperlink suspension in again, and a unibody development, which is a primary for the SUV that historically has been constructed on a strong body like a pickup truck. The brand new Defender is much extra road-focused than the outgoing model, though Land Rover says the it can ford as much as three ft of water and its wheels can articulate greater than 20 inches, with 11.5 inches of floor clearance and 10 inches of entrance suspension journey. By comparability, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has 10.Eight inches of floor clearance, can ford as much as 30 inches of water, and has as much as Eight inches of entrance suspension journey.
Each engines are rated to tow as much as 8,200 kilos.
Consolation, security, and options
2020 Defender 110 fashions will arrive within the U.S. early subsequent 12 months with shorter-wheelbase Defender 90 fashions following later. The 110 fashions span 119 inches between the wheels and virtually 200 inches from bumper to bumper with the rear-mounted spare tire. Defender 90 fashions have 101.9 inches from wheel to wheel and 180 inches from bumper to bumper with the spare. (Eradicating the spare cuts about 10 inches from the general size.)
The Defender 110 gives as much as three rows of seats for as much as seven passengers, though the elective third row is supposed for less than two smaller passengers with simply 20.5 inches of leg room. With the third row in place, the 110 carries solely 10.7 cubic ft of cargo, which is lower than many subcompact sedans. With the third row stowed, that area grows to greater than 34 cubic ft, which is roughly the identical as a Land Rover Uncover with its third row folded. Fold down the second row and the 110’s inside area grows to 78.Eight or 69 cubic ft, relying on the configuration.
On some Defenders, the entrance row can accommodate the driving force and two passengers—the “jump seat” is a nod to heritage Land Rovers—offered everybody has very slim shoulders.
Second-row riders get at the least 38 inches of leg room (extra if a 3rd row isn’t geared up) with USB chargers and loads of hip room from the extensive bench seat. Because of the squared-off roofline, the Defender’s second row will get simply as a lot head room as the primary row: greater than 40 inches.
Defender 90s might be configured for as much as six folks with the entrance bounce seat and second-row bench. Behind the second row, the Defender 90 carries 15.6 cubes of substances, 58.three cubes with the second row folded.
Land Rover makes blind-spot displays customary on the Defender. Computerized emergency braking, energetic lane management, parking sensors, adaptive cruise management, and a surround-view digicam system are all on the choices checklist. The Defender might be geared up with a digicam system that nearly removes the hood of the automobile for off-roading, which is a system that made its debut on the Vary Rover Evoque.
When it goes on sale, the 2020 Defender will probably be obtainable in base, S, SE, HSE, X, and First Version trim ranges. Land Rover will even make obtainable a number of personalization schemes together with Explorer, Journey, Nation, and City packs with distinctive upgrades.
A few of our favorites: a 1.7-gallon water reservoir and spray nozzles for laundry off mud or muddy canine on the go; a factory-installed electrical winch; raised air intakes; and roof, facet, and anywhere-else-you-can-find gear carriers.
The Defender will go on sale within the first half of 2020.