Alongside the plug-in hybrid, Land Rover has updated a new six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine to the Defender line-up. Using mild-hybrid technology to increase efficiency, it will be offered in three outputs, starting with the D200 (197bhp and 369lb ft) and the D250 (245bhp and 420lb ft), replacing the D200 and D240 previously featured in the range. Land Rover says both units achieve 32.3mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 230g/km. On the Defender 110, the D200 achieves 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds, with the D250 cutting that to 7.9secs.

The new D300 variant will sit atop the Defender’s diesel engine line-up, producing 296bhp and 479lb ft of torque, with a 0-60mph time of 6.3sec on the Defender 90.

The new four-wheel drive diesel features a new intelligent driveline system that varies torque to the axles based on driver input and data gathered about the vehicle’s surroundings from sensors located on the car. Land Rover claims it can optimise the power delivery for traction and efficiency, and improves both fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Defender 90 goes on sale

The short-wheelbase three-door Defender 90 has now gone on sale, following a coronavirus lockdown-related delay.

It will be offered with the same mild hybrid petrol and Diesel engines offered in the larger 110, with the P300 and P400 petrol units joined by the D200, D250 and D300 diesel units.As with the 110, all the Defender 90 models use an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Petrol versions feature all-wheel-drive, while the Ingenium diesels use the new intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

The 90 features the same approach and departure angles as the 110, and Land Rover claims improved breakover geometry when fitted with the option electronic air suspension. The smaller machine also benefits from a turning circle of 11.3 metres.

Land Rover says that the Defender 90 range will start from £43,625 in the UK, compared to the £45,315 for the 110.

Defender gains rugged new trim, new technology options

The Defender range has also gained a new X-Dynamic trim level, which features a number of rugged styling upgrades. These include Silicon Satin front and rear skid pans, grille bars and badging, and a Satin Black finish on the rear recovery loops. The alloy wheels gain a new black finish among other changes.

Inside, X-Dynamic models feature unique illuminated metal tread plates with the seats finished in Robustek, a robust protective fabric that Land Rover said is hard-wearing and resistant to abrasions. The higher-level X-Dynamic S, SE and HSE models feature leather upholstery that includes Robustek accents. 

Further updates for the 2021 model year include a new range of exterior colour options and other personalisation features, plus new driver assistance and technology packs. A new Blind Spot Assist Pack is offered, along with a new Family Pack that adds third-row seating with three-zone climate control. The Family Pack Plus adds heating to the third-row seats.

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