The Defender is the origin of the species, the first go-anywhere vehicle that has spawned so much of what we see on the road today. Which is why Land Rover spent so long developing this all-new generation of the classic nameplate.
While it retains the name, everything about this Defender is fresh - a new platform and powertrains underneath a modern interpretation of the classic boxy looks. There are three engine options; a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with either 147kW/430Nm or 177kW/430Nm, or a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol in-line-six making 294kW/550Nm.
The reborn Defender has just started hitting Australian showrooms (at least in ‘110’ five-door form), kicking off at $69,990 before on-road costs for the D200 variant and stretching to $137,100 for the P400 X.
The three-door Defender 90 will arrive by the end of the year to complete the initial range.