One of the crucial iconic 4x4s ever constructed is making a comeback. The Land Rover Defender—the boxy, British-built truck with a legendary fame for gobbling up gnarly terrain throughout the globe—has been redesigned, and was unveiled at this time on the Frankfurt Motor Present in Germany.
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“This can be a new Defender for a brand new age,” Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief design officer, stated in a press launch.
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The brand new Defender has been producing buzz for some time, however that is the primary official take a look at the redesigned rig. Like earlier generations of Defenders, it’ll be accessible as an extended wheelbase model (the 110) and a brief wheelbase model (the 90), though the longer mannequin will go on sale first. The brand new vans retain the boxy form of the sooner generations—albeit with sleeker, extra rounded edges—in addition to the quick entrance and rear overhangs that permit Defenders to climb over obstacles with ease.
However the newest Land Rover isn’t simply good to take a look at. It’s tricked out for some punishing rides within the filth. The brand new Defender comes geared up with everlasting four-wheel drive and options totally impartial suspension, a two-speed switch case, and a locking middle differential. It additionally has a brand new “Configurable Terrain Response” system that permits drivers to tweak the truck’s efficiency for numerous floor circumstances. On high of that, it has a most payload of as much as 1,984 kilos, can tow as much as eight,201 kilos, and may wade into water as much as 35.four inches deep.
Though Land Rover hasn’t but launched stats on the drivetrain choices, we do know that the truck might be accessible with gasoline and diesel engines, and a plug-in electrical hybrid possibility will be a part of the lineup subsequent yr.
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Whereas the off-road efficiency is basic Land Rover, the inside of the brand new truck is a far cry from the bare-bones Defenders of years previous. It encompasses a 10-inch touchscreen “PIVI Professional” infotainment system that’s suitable with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and may obtain over-the-air software program updates for ongoing upgrades.
As well as, Land Rover is releasing 4 Accent Packs to equipment out your truck, together with extras like a side-mounted gear service, a roof rack, and even an air compressor, so that you may be prepared for any and all off-road adventures.
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