Land Rover Defender, which was officially unveiled at 2019 Frakfurt Motor Show, has been spied for the second time during testing in India.
After many years of RnD and testing, Land Rover finally unveiled the Defender SUV at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car was received with a positive reception from fans and potential buyers, and media vehicles have already been ridden, with reviewers praising the car for its off-roading capability.
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Earlier this year, the Land Rover Defender was seen testing on Indian roads with heavy camouflage, hinting at an Indian launch in the near future. Now, the vehicle has been spotted once again, which further solidifies that belief. We also believe that the vehicle will either be assembled or even manufactured in India, hence the need for testing. Assembling seems the more likely option, as vehicles assembled locally are much more affordable than ones imported fully built due to tax-breaks.
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Manufacturing locally is an even more cost effective solution, although it seems unlikely that Land Rover would set up a manufacturing plant just for the Defender. That said, General motors, which has completely shutdown sales and service operations in India, still continues to manufacture here due to lower cost of manufacturing. Not only that, but several other manufacturers export their vehicles from India, owing to cheaper manufacturing and labour.
The next-gen Land Rover Defender is an all-new vehicle, built from the ground-up. In keeping with the trend for all the latest lifestyle vehicles, the Defender sports a neo-retro look, with an extremely boxy design, which looks extremely classy and sophisticated. It is available in two versions; a smaller 3-door (Defender 90) and a larger 5-door (Defender 110). The 3-door variant is the more utilitarian model, and probably will be a big hit among fans of the brand and off-road enthusiasts. The 5-door will be focused more towards luxury car buyers, who expect their cars to be flashy with a lot of road-presence, and offer oodles of space inside.
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Expect only the 5-door Defender 110 to make its way to India. While there isn’t any official announcement yet, we expect the car to feature a plug-in hybrid variant upon launch, which will pair a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder engine with an electric motor. Other engines available internationally will include a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol, and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.
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