Defender Revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Defender Revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show


The new Defender retains many of its ancestor’s core design elements, including the short front and rear overhangs, high sills, vertical front and rear end and very linear profile for what McGovern refers to as a “strong, planted feel”. The squared wheelarches and sculpted fenders further beef up the Landy’s stance, while the sheer cut-off at the front and rear is a clear link to its forefather.

Under the Defender’s skin resides Land Rover’s new aluminium monocoque D7x (for extreme) architecture that’s claimed to be 95 per cent new and touted as being the foundation for the stiffest body structure Land Rover has ever produced. The company claims it’s three times stiffer than traditional body-on-frame designs, as well as being compatible with the latest electrified powertrains.

As you’d expect, the Defender comes armed with permanent 4WD, a twin-speed transfer case, optional locking rear differential and a protective undershield that shields the engine and transmission. Fully independent coil-spring suspension is standard, while air is optional. The flat underfloor contributes to a drag coefficient of 0.38, which is certainly respectable for a boxy all-terrainer. The initial powertrain line-up will comprise two petrol engines with 48-volt mild hybrid tech and two diesels, with plug-in hybrid versions following in due course.

Fuel efficiency in both models is boosted by a 48-volt mild hybrid system that harvests energy under braking, stores it in a battery, and can redeploy it, for instance when moving away after the stop-start system has killed the engine at the lights.

The initial diesel line-up comprises 2.0-litre four-cylinder motors cranking out 236bhp and 197bhp respectively, but further down the track they will be joined by a 3.0-litre six-pot that makes 296bhp.


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