Petrol-electric versions of new Defender 4x4 and Velar SUV are seen testing in prototype form
20 May 2019

Land Rover is primed for a major electrification push next year with the roll-out of a hybrid version of the all-new Defender, and the first prototypes have emerged.

At first glance, the test mules, caught by a spy photographer near the company’s engineering centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, appear to be testing a new bull bar and front winch combination for hardcore off-road enthusiasts. However, a check of the numberplate on a private website (as opposed to the DVLA site) details it as being powered by a petrol-electric drivetrain. 

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It’s the first time that we’ve seen a prototype for the new Defender without diesel power. Autocar understands that it will be offered with both mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines in 2020, although with no visible charging port seen through the disguise, it’s likely that we have the former here. 

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There is no indication of the engine size, power and efficiency offered by the new powerplant. However, it could make use of Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0-litre turbcharged Ingenium petrol unit, one of the firm's biggest sellers since the diesel market has suffered huge losses.

Land Rover is keen to silence sceptics, particularly when it comes to the issue of electrified propulsion being used in a supposedly back-to-basics 4x4. However, the company insists that an electric motor allows maximum torque from step-off, and the torque delivery is more controllable, meaning a hybrid would perform better off road. 

At the same time, a similarly petrol-electric test mule for the Range Rover Velar has been spotted. It’s predicted that Land Rover will launch the luxury SUV with the same ‘P400e’ powertrain - mating a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor for nearly 400bhp - as found in the Sport and full-size Range Rover.

However, as with the Defender, the images don’t reveal a charging port, suggesting it’s either hidden from view or we’re looking at a forthcoming Velar with mild-hybrid system upgrades instead.

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20 May 2019

The Defender will be over-priced as they've poshed it too much.  It will not sell in great numbers, and may even be out-sold by the Jeep Wrangler.  It will certainly be out-sold by the Suzuki Jimny.  Plus now, as we know, it won't even be British in any way whatsoever.  That's going to put off some buyers all on its own.  It's difficult to know just when JLR will stop making mistakes.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

20 May 2019
That bloke wrote:

The Defender will be over-priced as they've poshed it too much.  It will not sell in great numbers, and may even be out-sold by the Jeep Wrangler.  It will certainly be out-sold by the Suzuki Jimny.  Plus now, as we know, it won't even be British in any way whatsoever.  That's going to put off some buyers all on its own.  It's difficult to know just when JLR will stop making mistakes.

Jesus I didnt know you could see onto the future ! By all means critcise JLR . . . but wait til they actually DO the things youre critcsing them for first, currently youre criticising them for things, but theyve not actually done those things ! Youve no idea if the Defender will be "over priced" or "over poshed" yet, wait til its launched and see. Similarly youve no idea if JLR will be sold to PSA, maybe it will be, maybe it wont be, its all specualation at the mo. Basically grow up or lay off the drugs a little.

XXXX just went POP.

20 May 2019
That bloke wrote:

The Defender will be over-priced as they've poshed it too much.  It will not sell in great numbers, and may even be out-sold by the Jeep Wrangler.  It will certainly be out-sold by the Suzuki Jimny.  Plus now, as we know, it won't even be British in any way whatsoever.  That's going to put off some buyers all on its own.  It's difficult to know just when JLR will stop making mistakes.

there is already development of a Defender Sport to sit alongside the Evoque/DiscoverySport/E-Pace sibling that will sit around the Wrangler price range. This will be way more upmarket then both rivals you mentioned.

 

As for the author, is the P400e a straight four 2.0ltr or a 3Ltr straight six? Pretty sure it’s a 6

21 May 2019

The P400 uses a 2Ltr Petrol engine producing 300bhp, the same engine in the F Type and XE300

20 May 2019
That bloke wrote:

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

 

Does everybody see that?   So before you reply to him remember that he doesn't give a flying f*** about you.

 

And since he's not here we can all tell him to get to f*** and when he gets there he can f*** off some more.

 

Ignorant time waster.

 

22 May 2019

this idiot does know the engines will be built in Wolverhamption in Britain?

20 May 2019

Your first two sentences: yes.  The third sentence: eh?  Not British in any way whatsoever?  Well, if you say so.  And I'm sure you're right and that it will be comfortably outsold by the thoroughly Italian Jeep Wrangler...

20 May 2019

Could you tell me the lottery numbers please.

To posh, they're not making a Dacia rival. Overpriced, they'll sell it for maximum profit as all manufacturers strive to do.

Jimny out selling it, even if true so what.  Suzuki only sell around 1,200 a month in Europe and maybe, at a guess, make just a couple of grand profit on each one.  The defender will have a starting price at least twice as high with profits to match.

Won't be British, and the £50k FIAT Wrangler diesel is all 'American', Gent built XC40 is Swedish, Aston Martin all British. I could go on.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

20 May 2019

I still don't understand why the Velar wasn't chosen to launch the P400e engine.

Or, for that matter, why it still hasn't received the new i6 turbo petrol.

It's as if they've already given up on it.

 

 

22 May 2019

They probably have. 

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