The Land Rover Defender is finally available as a Defender 90 short wheelbase version in the United States with improved handling and better tilt angle. This is one of the main features of the 2021 model year for the US market, but customers in Europe will benefit from even more new features. The star of the show has to be the new plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Dubbed the P400e, the Defender PHEV features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine producing 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts), supported by a 140 horsepower (105 kW) electric motor for a combined output of 404 horsepower. (301 kW). The off-roader can travel up to 27 miles (43 kilometers) on electric power and is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in just 5.6 seconds. The average fuel consumption is 85.3 miles per gallon (3.3 liters per 100 km) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 74 g / km.
“The new P400e advanced plug-in hybrid perfectly balances performance with fuel economy and all-electric off-road capability,” says Ian Gray, senior director of powertrain advanced engineering. The British company also points out that using a 50kW fast charger, the Defender P400e can recharge its battery up to 80% in about 30 minutes.
Depending on the market, there is also a new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine that generates peak horsepower of 300 hp (224 kW) and torque of 479 pound-feet (650 Newton-meters). In the shorter Defender 90, the turbodiesel powertrain is good for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km / h) sprint in 6.7 seconds. As standard, the engine is equipped with mild hybrid technology and a start-stop system. There is also an optimized all-wheel drive system with intelligent distribution of torque between the wheels.
Much like the 2021 US-spec Defender, the European version of the model also gets the new X-Dynamic trim level, along with additional color, customization and wheel options.