Watch The New Land Rover Defender Impress While Hauling Old Mercedes ML

Watch The New Land Rover Defender Impress While Hauling Old Mercedes ML

If you’re going to gamble close to $ 70,000 for a premium SUV, the vehicle you choose needs to have the capabilities and design to match. Fortunately, Land Rover has been able to combine these two elements almost always. In the Land Rover lineup, we’d say the Defender has that neo-retro vibe that’s as functional as it is beautiful – like a square / concept car. The new Defender has a lower starting price of just under $ 50,000, but a 110 First Edition has all the perks you’ve always dreamed of and, with additional options, slightly exceeds the $ 70,000 price tag. While we all know it’s a beast on and off the road, there are those who will ask, “But can it tow?”

Fortunately, we have YouTube channels like The Fast Lane Truck to answer that. Equipped with a top-of-the-line Land Rover Defender 110 First Edition, a perfect stress test is in order: run the Ike Gauntlet, arguably the toughest towing test in the world. With a rating of 8,200 pounds, when directly converted from the 3.7-ton towing capacity in Europe, it easily beats its American and Japanese rivals.

So how can we maximize this? By hitching up an 18 foot long, 8 foot wide car trailer and placing a Mercedes-Benz ML on it, already tipping the scale at 7,500 pounds. When you factor in the pilot in the Defender, you look at the gross combined weight and payload capacity about as high as anyone would want to go.

The goal is to climb up and down the Ike Gauntlet, an 8 mile stretch of I-70 freeway from Dillon, Colo. That reaches 11,158 feet above sea level. When you factor in the rating by 7%, you can see why this is a great place to tow any vehicle through. We won’t spoil the video for you, but all we can say is the Land Rover Defender is a pretty good allrounder no matter how you look at it.

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