The history of Defender goes back to 1948 when Land Rover Series was launched. Since then a Land Rover is the vehicle to go if you need a rugged, reliable and capable off road ride. The Land Rover Defender was launched in 1983 and at first it was called Ninety and One Ten. Immediately people and buyers recognized the abilities of this car and it is a huge success since then. The Defender name was introduced in 1990 in numerous options – such as two door single cab, five door station wagon, etc. With the new name, new engines were introduced; especially important was a 2.5 liter diesel engine that opened many more markets for the Defender.
In 2013 you can opt for numerous body styles such as:
– Hard Top
– Pick Up
– Soft Top
– Station Wagon
– Utility Wagon
– Chassis Cab
– Double Cab Pick Up
– Double Cab Chassis
– HC Pick Up
– Double Cab HC Pick Up
– 2012/2013 Special Edition
In addition to the above mentioned Land Rover also offers Specialist Conversion edition Defender. Two wheelbases are available: 90 and 100 inches. With most of the body styles you can choose between the two.
The jewel, a 2.2 Liter diesel engine, is available on all models and body styles. With 360 Nm of torque available from 2,200 rpm to 4,350 rpm it will take you anywhere and provide comfortable and easy driving. Maximum speed is 145 km/h. What is great about this engine is that it is tuned in such a way that it will tolerate lower quality fuels that are sometimes available in distant regions and markets. Popularity of the Defender all over the world has established it as an icon and as the to-go vehicle in harsh conditions.
Permanent four wheel drive is of course standard on all models as well as six-speed transmission. Front and rear beam axle with coil springs will make sure off-roading is smooth and capable. With 314mm or 323mm of ground clearance – depending if you opt for 90 or 110 model you can be sure that obstacles on the road can be no obstacles anymore. This is one of the most generous ground clearances in the class. Even if the obstacle is the water you will be able to just go through, of course if it isn’t over 500mm / 20 inches. Again a class leading feature.
The 90 body style has a fuel capacity of 60 liters. Its fuel economy combined cycle is 27.7 mpg, or 10.2 liters per 100 km. Co2 emissions – 269 g/km. These are great numbers for over two and a half tons heavy vehicle.
The 110 body style is even heavier weighting over three tons. Because of that it is not as frugal as the 90 but it comes with higher volume fuel tank at 75 liters. Combined fuel economy is rated at 25.5 mpg or 11.1 liters per 100 km.
2012 / 2013 Special Edition
Land Rover made a special edition version for 2012 and 2013 model years. Available only in two body colors – Nara Bronze and Orkney Gray it is a vehicle for Defender connoisseurs. Wood interior and contrast stitching make this car move up in the market to the more luxurious class. Still, underneath it is a well known rugged machine that will take you anywhere from muddy mountain roads to desert sand trips – and it will take you in a style.
At the end we should also mentioned some of the many accessories that are available as an additional equipment for LR Defender. Water proof seat covers are one of the things we highly approve. Another thing we would opt for is raised air intake that will make it even more capable off road. The Land Rover Defender is an iconic vehicle that is just getting better and better.