Defender plugs in

for more power and

economy

Land Rover Defender P400e, 2020, front
Land Rover Defender P400e, 2020, rear
Land Rover Defender P400e, 2020, display screen
Land Rover Defender P400e, 2020, charging
Land Rover Defender 90 X-Dynamic, 2020, front
Land Rover Defender 90 X-Dynamic, 2020, rear

A PLUG-IN hybrid variant of the new Land Rover Defender has been announced making it the most powerful and fuel efficient model in the current line up.

With a 105kW electric motor backing up a 2.0-litre 300ps petrol engine, the Defender P400e has a combined power output of 404ps and a hefty amount of torque.

The result is a 0 to 60mph acceleration time of 5.4 seconds and a combined fuel return of up to 85.3mpg.

It also has a zero emission range of up to 27 miles while overall the plug-in hybrid arrangement reduces emissions to 74g/km.

Said to be just as capable on and off the road as a conventional Defender, the P400e has the benefit of immediate torque from the electric motor to boost its ability.

Priced from ££64,800 the new hybrid will sit at the top of the Defender range which is being bolstered with a new six-cylinder diesel engine and a new X-Dynamic trim level.

The P400e powertrain will be available only on the X-Dynamic and Defender X trim levels with the line up topping out at £82,879.

While the PHEV sits on the longer wheelbase Defender 110 and comes with a maximum of six seats, the diesel and X-Dynamic models will be offered on all versions including the three-door Defender 90.

The new Ingenium diesel model has three power outputs and will be badged D200, D250 and D300. All are mild-hybrid set ups for added economy.

The D300, which is priced from £59,455 in the 110 model, offers a 0 to 60 acceleration of 6.6 seconds with an official fuel return of 29.8mpg under the new WLTP test cycle and has emissions of 230g/km.

The new X-Dynamic trim sits between the entry specification versions of the Defender and the higher grade X models and includes special features such as illuminated metal treadplates and Robustek upholstery which Land Rover says is a hard wearing material and similar to that used in tradesman's gloves and on motorbike jackets.

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