The all-new Defender is offered in two variants of P300 and P400, with starting prices of RM798,800 and RM998,800 respectively. (Prices are inclusive of 50% Penjana Sales Tax waiver, excluding road tax, registration and insurance).
The P300 comes with the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder direct injection Ingenium petrol engine with 300PS at 5,500rpm and 400Nm of torque from 1,500–4,500rpm.
Meanwhile, the P400 is equipped with the 3.0-litre 6-cylinder direct injection Ingenium petrol engine with MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle) technology to deliver 400PS at 5,500rpm and 550Nm of torque from 1,600-5,000rpm.
Transmission is an eight-speed automatic with high/low transfer range.
Both variants get a top speed of 191kph although the P400 clocks the 0-100kph sprint in 6.1 seconds against the P300's 8.1 seconds.
The Defender is also available in five or 5+2 seating options.
Named the winner of the 2021 World Car Design of the Year, the new Defender re-envisioned the familiar nameplate trademark styling such as a purposeful upright stance, Alpine roof lights and a chamfered roofline, while retaining the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally mounted spare wheel.
Continuing the original Defender heritage of delivering outstanding 4X4 off-road performance with durability, the Defender now features additional practical technology and a functional design.
The Defender's chassis and new D7x body architecture is built on a lightweight aluminium monocoque construction and has been engineered to withstand Land Rover’s Extreme Event Test procedure of repeated and sustained impacts, above and beyond the normal standard for sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and passenger cars.
Its tough body architecture allows for towing or carrying of heavy loads with a roof rack and tow bar systems and a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg.
The ultra-strong body is ready for overland adventures with a maximum static roof load of 300kg.
Its new body architecture also allows for ground clearance of 291mm.
With a wheelbase of 3,022mm (99mm longer than the Land Rover Discovery), the Defender 110 has a breakover angle of 28 degrees – offering world-class off-road geometry.
It also has a maximum wading depth of 900mm which is supported by a new Wade programme in the Terrain Response system to ensure drivers can wade through deep water with complete confidence.
Its Adaptive Dynamics is available with Electronic Air Suspension that allows the fine-tuning of driving characteristics.
The system’s adaptive dampers monitor body movements up to 500 times per second and respond almost instantaneously to optimise control and comfort.
The introduction of air suspension helps transform the 4X4’s on-road handling and supports its all-terrain capability, providing an off-road ride height lift of 75mm and exceptional ride comfort across all surfaces.
An additional 70mm of lift means the air system can raise the body by a maximum of 145mm when needed, while Elegant Arrival automatically lowers the body by 40mm to aid entry and exit from the vehicle.
The Defender also gets a 3D Surround Camera with new 3D exterior perspectives alongside a 360° overhead view which makes manoeuvring easier.
Meanwhile, the innovative ClearSight Ground View, allows drivers to "see through" the bonnet of the vehicle onto the terrain underneath to provide drivers with confidence driving off-road.
The Defender also features Land Rover’s innovative ClearSight interior rear-view mirror to ensure unobstructed view through a wide-angle rear mounted camera even if there are tall people sitting in the back seats or the cargo area is piled high with items.
Other features include infotainment with 10-inch touchscreen with Meridian Sound System and Pivi Pro, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Head-up Display, Matrix LED headlights, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, electronic parking brake, anti-lock braking system, electric traction control, hill descend control, electric steering and sliding panoramic roof among others.
The rear loadspace is 1,075 litres when using the full height but can be maximised to to 2,380 litres and a payload of up to 900kg.
JLRM managing director Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz said the new Defender remains as Land Rover’s toughest and most capable vehicle built for adventure and exploration of the rugged outdoors while being fully equipped with the latest innovations and vast improvements.
“By incorporating the latest innovations, the Defender is ideal not only for 4X4 adventures but also for daily city driving. The upgrades reflect the times and the changing needs of the current generation of drivers,” he added.
Also present at the launch which was also livestreamed through Facebook were Sime Darby Motors managing director of retail and distribution Malaysia Jeffrey Gan, and Sisma Auto managing director and JLRM director Syed Khalil Syed Ibrahim.
A Land Rover Heritage Watch worth RM2,288 (while stock lasts) will be given with every Defender registered in 2021 in celebration of Sime Darby and Land Rover’s 40th Anniversary of partnership.
All Land Rover vehicles come with Land Rover Care programme which includes a five-year warranty, five years’ free service and three years’ roadside assistance.
For details, visit www.landrover.com.my.