Land Rover Defender is expected to make its debut in India market in late 2020. Only the 5-door version is likely to be introduced here.
It has been a good one decade since the launch of Land Rover in the India market. At the moment, the British luxury brand is offering a wide range of Range Rover models and the Land Rover Discovery. However, the India-spec line-up is still missing out the iconic Range Rover Defender. However, things will soon change as the Land Rover Defender will be introduced to the India market soon in late 2020.
2020 Land Rover Defender will come with an excellent off-road capability
Internationally, the latest version of the Land Rover Defender was unwrapped at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. At the show, the Defender came in two versions, 5-door Defender 110 and a smaller 3-door Defender 90. Only the Defender 110 was introduced while the latter will be launched in the international market at a later stage. For India, the long-wheelbase Defender 110 will be offered. Due to limited demand for the 3-door cars, the Defender 90 stands little chance to enter our market. 2020 Land Rover Defender will be imported as CBU units. It is in Range Rover’s plan to localize the Range Rover Defender afterwards, just like the Discovery Sport and Evoque.
Exteriorly, the new Land Rover Defender looks more sophisticated than the previous version while remaining the classic boxy look. The new-gen Defender comes with not only enhanced styling but also with improved capability. It now features a wading depth of 900mm, an approach angle of 38 degree and a departure angle of 40 degrees. The ground clearance now stands at 291mm. It sports a roof loading capacity of 300 kilograms and a towing capability of 3,500 kilograms.
Coming to the inside, the new Land Rover Defender features a magnesium alloy-made flat dashboard. Compared with the older version, the dashboard is lowered to give the driver a better visibility. At the centre of dashboard sits a new 10-inch Pivo Pro touchscreen infotainment system which is revised to offer a better experience for the users.
2020 Land Rover Defender is expected to be priced from Rs 55 lakh
2020 Land Rover Defender sits on the upgraded D7x platform which also supports mild-hybrid powertrain as well. Besides the stiffer body structure, the Defender also features an all-wheel-drive system, two-speed transmission, active rear locking differential and centre locking differential. Besides, buyers can choose to have either an independent air suspension or a coil spring suspension.
The new Land Rover Defender is offered with both diesel and petrol engine. However, it is likely that only the four-cylinder petrol and D240 diesel will make it to the Indian shore. The former is strong enough to generate a maximum power of 300 PS while the diesel engine can generate a peak power of 240 Bhp.
The new Land Rover Defender will come across as an extremely luxury off-road-competent SUV. The price is expected to range from Rs 55 lakh – Rs 60 lakh. Find more car news and stories in IndianAuto.com.