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    The 2010 model lineup now is now targeting serious off-road users and commercial buyers with its heavy duty 4x4 ute and cab-chassis models. Photo Gallery

The mighty Defender is far from defeated.

Despite a depressed vehicle market and the entrenched dominance of Japanese off-roaders, Land Rover Australia has delivered a vote of confidence in its trusty off-roader by broadening its Defender range from two models to eight.

The 2010 model lineup now includes five 110 wheelbase (for 110-inch) and three 130 wheelbase models, specifically targeting serious off-road users and commercial buyers with its heavy duty 4x4 ute and cab-chassis models.

Land Rover Australian spokesman, Guido Schenken, says there is strong interest from rural, mining and tradies for more Defender variants.

"Particularly with the potential heavy duty carrying capacity," he says.

Prices kick off at $45,990 for the Defender 110 hard top and single cab chassis, rising to $53,490 for the 130 crew cab high capacity pick up (HCPU).

The $48,990 four-door 110 station wagon, identified by its safari-style windows in the roof, is responsible for delivering a modest sales spike for Land Rover over the past 18 months and wagon sales have grown 4.5 per cent this year.

The wagon, which has an optional $2000 seven-seat capacity, is now joined by the 110 four-door crew cab pickup. Both have air-conditioning, traction control, alloys, locking wheel nuts and electric front windows. A new two-door 110 hard top is based on the station wagon and gets a single CD player, air conditioning and electric front windows.

Visually it also has a black grille, wheelarches and headlight surrounds, white steel wheels and roof. It also has rear sliding rear windows.

Also new is the 110 single cab chassis, which has the same specification as the hard top, as well as the 110 single cab high capacity pick up (HCPU), which gets a rear canopy.

The 130 crew cab chassis carries over unchanged but is now joined by the 130 single cab chassis and 130 crew cab HCPU fitted with a well side body and canopy.

The 130 single cab chassis is fitted with heavy duty suspension and extended tray that can carry 1500kg with a GVM of 3500kg.

Schenken has also not ruled out a return of the short-wheelbase Defender 90, which was available out of South Africa a few years ago. "We're continually looking at it," Schenken says.

All 2010 Defenders are powered by a 2.4-litre 16-valve common-rail four-cylinder turbo diesel shared with the Ford Transit. The engine develops 90kW at 2200 revs and 360Nm at 2000 revs.

All models get a permanent dual-range four-wheel drive system with locking centre differential.

The Defender dates back to 1948 when the Series I was launch. Almost 1.9 million have been sold globally in more than 100 countries.


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  • Landrover = Landcruiser, Patrol, Pajero & Jeep recovery vehicle.

    Bemused of Brisbane Posted on 12 February 2012 12:34pm
  • If you are willing to buy these, you are an idiot.

    Sharron18Riley Posted on 01 February 2012 7:25pm
  • Over 60yrs on....first developed after WWII and this thing still looks like its made from the skeleton of a German Tank....and i imagine it to be just as tough. Somwhow they manage to get away with keeping the original look on teh front...spectacular

    Aleks of Hobart Posted on 12 August 2009 3:36pm
  • LandRover has been the success story of the century.$WD's come and go but the landie keeps on keeping on. having used a vareity of 4wd over the years in some of the most horendous tracks in the world, at the end of the day, they just keep going. They don't rust out as do so many of the newer copy cats, you can still fix many of them with a bit of number 8 wire and find an old one left to rot somewhere in the himalayas or a dessert dust bowl, change the oil and filters, give it a new battery and off it goes again. It may not be as cpmfortable or dust proof as the modern cars, but at least you get home. Well done Landrover, long may you reign.And just to ensure we keep the record strait, the snowy mountain scheme would not have been completed without a huge fleet of landrovers. Sorry Toyota, your toy arrived near the end!

    Kris Posted on 21 July 2009 12:26pm
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