Ever since Land Rover made its entry to the Indian market way back in 2009, there was always talk of whether they could be bringing their iconic all-terrain vehicle, the Defender to India. This was in-line with the relaunch of the car in a few markets, which also happened at around the same time. Land Rover were initially quite hesitant on bringing it here, but will now be eventually bringing the latest version of the Defender to our market.
The news was confirmed by Land Rover themselves and will surely generate a lot of buzz and excitement amongst enthusiasts. The Defender nameplate is set for an official launch here on 15 October. It will be rolling out here in two model forms, namely 90 and 110.
While the 90 is a typical three-door version of the Defender, the 110 will be its five-door sibling. Both the 90 and 110 will be available with as many as five variants each. There will be an array of features that will be offered across both models of the SUV.
These include driver condition monitoring, a 360-degree 3D surround camera, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless smartphone charging and an air suspension system to name a few. It will also feature Land Rover’s famed Terrain response system which is used to ease past rough terrains. On the safety front, the new Defender will come equipped with airbags, Traction Control, ABS and so on.
Engine-wise, there will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘P300’ petrol motor that will be doing duty inside. This engine will be making 300 BHP of power along with 400 Nm of torque. It will be coming mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
As far as prices are concerned, the Defender 90 will be coming around Rs. 69.99 lakh to Rs. 81.30 lakh. On the other hand, the Defender 110 will be priced from Rs. 76.57 lakh to Rs. 86.27 lakh. Prices of both the models were announced a while ago and it remains unlikely to be changed come its launch phase here.
Bookings for both the models will be opened during the time of their launch. Deliveries for the Defender 110 could begin soon after while the Defender 90 could command a waiting period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When launched, the Defender will be taking on the Jeep Wrangler and the Mercedes-Benz G350 in the segment it slots.
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