Saturday 13 August 2011

Land Rover refreshes Defender for 2012

Land Rover is keeping its aging Defender SUV updated by dropping in a new 2.2 litre diesel, that replaces the previous 2.4 litre Ford Transit-sourced diesel engine.

Although featuring a smaller cubic capacity, the new unit produces 120bhp (122PS/89kW) and 360Nm (266ft-lb) of torque at 2,000rpm. Top speed has increased too, to 90mph (145km/h) from 82mph (132km/h).

With the assistance of a particulate filter, the new Defender 90 chucks out 266g/km and 295g/km for the 110 and 130, complying with the EU5 emissions regulations for the first time. While the 6-speed manual gearbox has remained, a low first gear “offers low crawl speed making towing on-road and off-road much easier.”

In addition to the new engine are two new option packs. The 'Comfort Pack' costs £1,650 and features a CD player w/aux input, air conditioning, remote central locking, and electric front windows. The second package is the 'Off-Road Pack' that is equipped with ABS, heavy duty rim and MTR tyre, tow ball and under-ride protection bar for £1,500. On pick-up models, a plain black hood is available.

"The substantial improvements to the Defender in 2007 transformed its on-road refinement and comfort whilst extending its legendary capability off-road for which Defender is synonymous. With the introduction of the new 2.2-litre diesel engine and two option packs, the Defender for 2012 now offers greater customer choice than ever before," said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.

Prices for the 2012 Defender start from £21,895 with deliveries starting in November.

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