The 2021 Land Rover Defender, while alone the additional archetypal year for the off-road-oriented SUV, marks a cardinal of important developments. The best cogent of which won’t be offered in the U.S., at atomic for the time being: a constituent amalgam and a new agent inline-six. But the U.S. is assuredly accepting the two-door Defender 90, which is the cheapest way to get into the beautiful Land Rover.
The Defender PHEV arrives on the heels of the anew alloyed Jeep Wrangler. While the Wrangler 4xe’s 375 application and 470 pound-feet of torque are impressive, the Defender manages to hardly beat it with 398 application and 472 pound-feet of torque. Land Rover claims it can do the 0-60 mph run a little quicker than the Jeep at 5.4 abnormal rather than 6. It additionally boasts a 6,600-pound towing capacity, a little beneath than alert that of the Jeep. The amalgam combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 140-horsepower electric motor, which is sandwiched amid the agent and transmission. The Defender PHEV retains its two-speed alteration case. A 19.1-kWh array backpack allows it to go a claimed 27 afar on a charge, and the Land Rover supports DC fast charging. Like the Wrangler, the amalgam powertrain is alone accessible on the four-door variant.
The added big powertrain amend is the accession of six-cylinder agent engines. The abject D200 makes 197 application and 369 pound-feet of torque. The D250 makes 247 application and 420 pound-feet. The top-end D300 makes 296 application and 479 pound-feet. Land Rover says this adaptation will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
Unfortunately, none of these powertrains will be offered in the U.S., at atomic for now. Land Rover assembly accepted this, but wouldn’t animadversion on whether that’s aloof the case for this archetypal year, or if the Defender will stick with accepted gas engines for the abutting few years. We’re a bit afraid the PHEV isn’t actuality offered because the above Wrangler 4xe is activity on auction abutting year, and the actuality that the aforementioned powertrain is accessible in the Range Rover PHEV.
The acceptable account is that the short-wheelbase Defender 90 is activity on auction in the U.S. this archetypal year. It will additionally be the best affordable way to get a Defender, with a abject amount of $47,450, admitting the abject Defender 110 starts at $51,850. That will get you the abject trim akin with the turbocharged 2.0-liter 296-horsepower four-cylinder. Additionally accessible are X-Dynamic, First Edition and X trims, all of which get the turbocharged 3.0-liter 395-horsepower six-cylinder.
The X-Dynamic trim is a new trim accessible on both the 90 and 110, and will be accessible in the States. It borrows some beheld elements from the top akin X archetypal such as the appearance atramentous caster accomplished cladding and darker grille and bonanza drift plates. It additionally represents the cheapest six-cylinder advantage for both the 90 and 110 bodystyles. The 90 X-Dynamic starts at $59,150, and the 110 X-Dynamic starts at $66,850.
2021 Land Rover Defender PHEV and agent six-cylinder announced, but not for America originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 9 Sep 2020 11:30:00 EDT. Please see our agreement for use of feeds.
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