It turns out I missed some colorful marketing yesterday. Land Rover has released their own coloring pages. Only valid if you want to love the new Defender.
And you should. The original Land Rover Defender was built continuously over the course of more than three decades. While it received occasional powertrain updates, the essence of the Series III carried on. It wasn’t broken so they didn’t fix it. Including the Series models that preceded the Defender, Land Rover sold over 2,000,000 cars on a 67 year run.
A “new Defender” had to be worthy of the name plate. The original Defender was used as a military utility vehicle by governments throughout the world and fortunately. Land Rover doesn’t offer cars that won’t take you off-road. The new Defender is, needless to say, all-wheel drive. It also comes standard with height adjustable air suspension, a two-speed transfer case, great approach angles from its short body overhangs, and a stock fording depth of nearly 3 feet.
The real reason I am so excited about the Defender is that it seems like the perfect vehicle for my family. We currently have a 7-passenger SUV that mostly hauls 4 of us. We most commonly need 6 seats when the grandparents visit and the new Defender has both a 5+2 configuration as well as a front jump seat that makes it a 3+3. You know you’re a family man when you nerd out over this stuff.
On top of that, Land Rover has the overlander in mind. Ladder accessories, the roof top tent, and a winch option. And it hauls - both ass and cargo. The P400 hybrid Defender puts out 395hp and 406ft-lb. The tow rating is 8201lbs out of an SUV. That’s more than the Chevy Colorado and just a few hundred shy of the Suburban and Tahoe. A 3200lb Spec Corvette racecar and a 2000lb trailer sit at less than 65% of the tow capacity.
Media friends. Apologies we couldn’t do the media drive as planned this week, but we’ve quickly redeployed the Defender press fleet to support our partners at the Red Cross to help communities across the UK. https://t.co/juonpv9mWg
— Richard Agnew (@theragers) March 26, 2020</blockquote>
The new Defender launch was to coincide with the new Bond movie No Time to Die, which unfortunately has had its release moved back to November. I honestly don’t need that advertising to have me convinced. Neither does the Red Cross. Land Rover has redirected their press fleet to assist with COVID-19 aid. How mad will the wife be if she comes home and her Volvo has been swapped?
daily automotive addiction.