OK – I’ll admit it, I quite like the Defender. It would absolutely be right up there in my shortlist for our next grand tourer. And the latest luxy options plus V8 have got me checking my Powerball numbers! 

Go anywhere… fast!  What’s not to love?

The JLR team are going to make you feel spoiled for choice – there’s a Defender to suit all tastes:

  • The Defender 130 Outbound provides greater load carrying capacity in a five-seater configuration.
  • You can choose the 368kw Defender 130 V8.
  • Or have a Defender 110 with a heritage inspired County Exerior Pack for more personalisation – unless you prefer the Hardtop commercial model.
  • There’s even a P400e Electric Hybrid variant!

The Defender 130 Outbound provides p to 2,516 litres3 (1,329 litres3 with row two seats in use) of space in the rear. Its near flat loadspace floor (with 1.267 metres in length behind the 2nd row) will cater for all your outdoor adventure kit-with room for a caboodle or two.

It also looks pretty cool witha Shadow Shadow Atlas Matt finish to the bumpers and grille insert, while  side vents are finished in anthracite. To complement the Outbound design, 20-inch wheels are a fancy gloss black  … 

Well – until you dip them in the dirt!

On the upside, JLR are sensible enough to allow for real users of their vehicles. . Durable rubber floor matting can be folded down to protect the bumper when loading bulky or heavy equipment such as bikes or suitcases. Additional stowage areas safely store smaller items out of sight, while extra lashing points and a new cargo net mean a variety of outdoor equipment – large or small – can be secured while driving, ready for action on arrival. 

The Defender 130 Outbound can tow up to 3,000kg.

Yeah – a genuine tow tug!

Hitching is made simpler by the air suspension, with switches inside the tailgate to raise and lower the rear of the vehicle.  

Defender 130 Outbound is available exclusively with P400 petrol Ingenium power, featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology for optimum performance and efficiency.  

The Defender 130 line-up adds a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. Producing 368kW and 610Nm of torque, it powers Defender 130 from 0-100km/h in as little as 5.7 seconds. 

Smirking at the lights in our subtle bombshell are we?

A stealthy aesthetic is delivered by the Defender 130 V8’s exterior. Available exclusively in Carpathian Grey or Santorini Black, it includes quad outboard-mounted exhausts – only available on the V8 – a Sliding Panoramic Roof with Black Contrast Roof, V8 exterior badging,  

OK – this street sleeper may get a reputation…..

Although, inside you’ll be bathed in luxury with 14-way heated and cooled electric driver memory seats finished in Ebony Windsor Leather with Dinamica® suedecloth and Robustec fabric, complemented by a suedecloth heated steering wheel, Ebony Morzine headlining and Satin Black cross car beam. Plus the V8 scores FourZone Climate Control, heated row-three seats and climate seats in the second row in addition to a Meridian Surround Sound System, Head-Up Display, Interactive Driver Display and Cabin Air Purification Plus.  

Or if you hanker after the unstoppable capability with maximum cargo space, the Defender 110 Hard Top will be launched in Australia later this year.

The 110 Hard Top will feature independent coil-sprung suspension, with advanced electronic air suspension also available. The Hardtop will provide outstanding off-road geometry, with ground clearance of 291mm, and approach, breakover and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in Off-Road height). 

By incorporating clever lockable underfloor storage solutions and a secure bulkhead partition, the experts at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations have taken every step to maximise the space and practicality of the Defender in its transformation into the most usable and hard-wearing commercial Land Rover ever produced 

The Defender Hard Top is powered exclusively by Land Rover’s strong and efficient D250 in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine which makes use of the latest advanced Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (iAWD) system to distribute power and torque for optimum performance and efficiency.  

An impressive payload and towing capacity of up 3,500kg will combine to make New Defender the ultimate commercial 4×4.

The flexible cabin has no second or third-row seats, but the optional front-row jump seat means it will still accommodate up to three people.

The new P400e Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) variant is available exclusively with the 110-body design. It delivers a blend of performance and economy while also being the most capable and durable electrified Land Rover. The P400e is capable of being driven in low range purely in EV mode, bringing a new dimension to adventures in the wild.  

With a combined 297kW and 640Nm of torque from its 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and 105kW electric motor, the P400e is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds, with a maximum 209km/h top speed.   

The balance of electric-only driving and petrol performance means the Defender 110 P400e can travel for up to 52km on EV power alone, with fuel economy as low as 3.4 litres/100km and the capability to tow up to 3,000kg. 

The P400e is one of very few plug-in electric hybrid vehicles capable of rapid DC charging, with a 0-80 per cent charge possible in as little as 30 minutes away from home using a 50kW charger. At home, it can charge from 0-100 per cent using a 7kW AC charger in around two and a half hours.  

The Defender 130 Outbound, Defender 130 V8, Defender 110 Hardtop, Defender 110 P400e X-Dynamic and Defender 110 S with County Exterior Pack, along with the rest of the Defender family can be ordered now from your preferred Land Rover Retailer. 

Publisher - Kaz Liddiard
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