2020 Land Rover Defender Review

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2020 Land Rover Defender Overview

Many missed the Land Rover Defender when it departed the U.S. market in the late nineties. So, for 2020, Land Rover introduces an all-new 21st-century version of its iconic overlander.

The Defender comes in 3-door (90) and 5-door (110) versions. They share a boxy, rugged design with minimal front overhang and plenty of ground clearance. Traditional Land Rover trademarks, like wraparound roof windows and a rear-mounted spare tire, remain. Land Rover allows further customization, depending upon the trim.

Inside the Defender, Land Rover presents an interior that effortlessly blends ruggedness, utilitarianism, and modern design. All of the essential controls are laid out horizontally and ergonomically across the dashboard. Leather and wool-blend upholstery choices are available, as are open-pore wood veneers. The 90 seats 5, while the 110 comes with 5-, 6-, or 5+2-person seating.

One of two engines lies beneath every Defender. The base P300 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the premium P400 is a mild-hybrid (MHEV) system, comprising a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder and a 48-volt electric supercharger delivering a combined 395 hp and 406 lb-ft. Both engines come with a ZF 8-speed transmission. Naturally, 4-wheel drive (4WD) with a two-speed transfer case is standard equipment. Hill-launch assist, a locking center differential, an active rear differential, and enhanced hill hold are also included in the Defender’s bag of goodies.

The Defender spreads its options across Standard, S, SE, HSE, First Edition, and X trims. Among the options are no fewer than 12 wheel designs, which run the gamut from 18-inch white steel wheels to ornate 22-inch alloys. You also get the benefit of Land Rover’s new Pivi Pro system by way of a 10-inch touchscreen, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A 12.3-inch instrument cluster handles driving data and can even take on advanced 3D mapping.

The Defender’s list of launch options includes four unique accessory packs: the Explorer Pack, the Adventure Pack, the Country Pack, and the Urban Pack. Each is designed to deal deftly with different environments.

Land Rover equips the Defender with a strong set of safety features, too. A reversing camera and blind-spot monitoring come standard on every model. Units equipped with third-row seating get a mirror-based camera, eliminating the blind spots created by the rear pillars. The available Driver Assist Pack bundles adaptive cruise control, rear pre-collision monitor, rear traffic monitor, and clear exit monitor. Automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, traffic-sign recognition, driver-condition monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors are also available.

The all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender is a whole new, modern kind of Land Rover. At launch, the longer 110 will be offered, with the shorter 90 joining it later in the year.

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