Following the new Land Rover Defender’s immediate success, Land Rover have now unveiled a raft of new technology upgrades, engines and colours. Arguably the biggest announcement of them all, however, is the addition of the new P400e plug-in hybrid variant. Based on the long-wheelbase Defender 110, it uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 105kW electric motor to produce 389bhp.
The powertrain itself is actually the same as the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, offering ‘substantial torque’ and a 0-62mph sprint of just 5.4 seconds. Arguably more important than sprint times, the plug-in hybrid Defender is said to be capable of 85.4mpg and an electric-only range of 27miles that works in low-range mode, both on and off-road.
The hybrid system uses a 19.2kWh battery that is capable of charging to 80% in just half an hour on a 50kW rapid charger or two hours on a normal 7kW wallbox. Of course, this being a hybrid, you’ll also gain battery power through regenerative braking whilst on the move.
Due to the batteries, it’s slightly heavier than the normal Defender but Land Rover say that the plug-in hybrid is just as handy off-road and that it’ll tow up to 3,000kg. Water clearance remains the same as the normal car, with the Defender P400e capable of wading in water up to 900mm in depth. Which is all pretty impressive.
On the interior, you’ll find privacy glass and climate control as standard and you’ll have the option of four of five seats. Everything else on the inside remains similar to the rest of the Defender family … which isn’t a bad thing, as the new Defenders interior is fantastic.
Alongside the new Defender P400e plug-in hybrid, Land Rover have also unveiled a new six-cylinder diesel engine that uses mild-hybrid technology for extra efficiency and will be available with three different outputs.
Land Rover will offer all three of the new Defenders with a brand new intelligent four-wheel drive system that utilises sensors and driver input to vary the torque being fed to each axle. The result is both optimised traction and increased fuel economy.
All of Land Rover’s Defender updates will be appearing soon when the 2021 model year version becomes available – if you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Guy Salmon dealerships. What do you think of the new Land Rover Defender hybrid? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin.