Currently reading: Land Rover Defender P400e: 4x4 gains new 398bhp PHEV
First hybrid Defender variant marries petrol engine to electric motor as part of wider model year updates
James Attwood, digital editor
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9 September 2020

The first plug-in hybrid Land Rover Defender will go on sale next year with a 398bhp powertrain capable of 27 miles of electric-only running and the promise that it will be “the most capable and durable” version of the off-roader.

The new plug-in hybrid option is part of a range of upgrtades and new varients being introduced as part of the Defender's 2020 model year line-up. Meanwhile, the short wheelbase Defender 90 variant, which was delayed due to the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns, has now gone on sale.

The new Defender P400e will be offered only in long-wheelbase 110 form initially and uses the same powertrain as the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. This mates a 296bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to a 139bhp electric motor.

Land Rover claims the model will offer “substantial torque” that will add to the rugged machine's off-road capability. The powertrain can achieve 0-60mph in 5.4sec, a top speed of 130mph, fuel economy of 85.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 74g/km. Iain Gray, Jaguar Land Rover's powertrain engineering boss, claimed that the new plug-in hybrid "balances performance with fuel economy and all-electric off-road capability."

The Defender P400e features 20in wheels and electric air suspension as standard, with its powertrain tuned to allow electric-only running in low-range mode both on and off-road. It can tow up to 3000kg.

Charging of its 19.2kWh battery comes via a Mode 3 connection using a charging power on the left of the vehicle, while a Mode 2 connector available as an option. An 80% charge takes around half an hour on a 50kW rapid charger. Regenerative braking is also used.

The P400e is available with either five or six seats, and includes privacy glass and climate control as standard.

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Alongside the plug-in hybrid, Land Rover has updated a new six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine to the Defender line-up. Using mild-hybrid technology to increase efficiency, it will be offered in three outputs, starting with the D200 (197bhp and 369lb ft) and the D250 (245bhp and 420lb ft), replacing the D200 and D240 previously featured in the range. Land Rover says both units achieve 32.3mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 230g/km. On the Defender 110, the D200 achieves 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds, with the D250 cutting that to 7.9secs.

The new D300 variant will sit atop the Defender's diesel engine line-up, producing 296bhp and 479lb ft of torque, with a 0-60mph time of 6.3sec on the Defender 90.

The new four-wheel drive diesel features a new intelligent driveline system that varies torque to the axles based on driver input and data gathered about the vehicle's surroundings from sensors located on the car. Land Rover claims it can optimise the power delivery for traction and efficiency, and improves both fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Defender 90 goes on sale

The short-wheelbase three-door Defender 90 has now gone on sale, following a coronavirus lockdown-related delay.

It will be offered with the same mild hybrid petrol and Diesel engines offered in the larger 110, with the P300 and P400 petrol units joined by the D200, D250 and D300 diesel units.As with the 110, all the Defender 90 models use an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Petrol versions feature all-wheel-drive, while the Ingenium diesels use the new intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

The 90 features the same approach and departure angles as the 110, and Land Rover claims improved breakover geometry when fitted with the option electronic air suspension. The smaller machine also benefits from a turning circle of 11.3 metres.

Land Rover says that the Defender 90 range will start from £43,625 in the UK, compared to the £45,315 for the 110.

Defender gains rugged new trim, new technology options

The Defender range has also gained a new X-Dynamic trim level, which features a number of rugged styling upgrades. These include Silicon Satin front and rear skid pans, grille bars and badging, and a Satin Black finish on the rear recovery loops. The alloy wheels gain a new black finish among other changes.

Inside, X-Dynamic models feature unique illuminated metal tread plates with the seats finished in Robustek, a robust protective fabric that Land Rover said is hard-wearing and resistant to abrasions. The higher-level X-Dynamic S, SE and HSE models feature leather upholstery that includes Robustek accents. 

Further updates for the 2021 model year include a new range of exterior colour options and other personalisation features, plus new driver assistance and technology packs. A new Blind Spot Assist Pack is offered, along with a new Family Pack that adds third-row seating with three-zone climate control. The Family Pack Plus adds heating to the third-row seats.

 

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9 September 2020

If it didn't have the likely reliability of a tissue paper sheath.

9 September 2020

Ahh the old JLR reliability dig - guess the Germans are all trouble free aren't they? Audi Allroad a paragon of reliability, Porsche engine issues, BMW turbo failures. You'll always find issues with modern cars given the complexity.

9 September 2020

That's why I drive a Lexus. Faultless after its first 4 years.

9 September 2020
JCarter wrote:

Ahh the old JLR reliability dig - guess the Germans are all trouble free aren't they? Audi Allroad a paragon of reliability, Porsche engine issues, BMW turbo failures. You'll always find issues with modern cars given the complexity.

 

It's hardly fake news. Customer surveys across the world consistently rate JLR products below their competitors. The hope for the Defender is that it's built in a brand new factory in Slovakia, but I imagine that product design is as responsible for these faults as the build process.

9 September 2020
I thought Defenders were meant for trekking across the countryside? Where are you going to plug it in?
The final blowing away of the lifestyle myth these are sold on, the current TV advert is full of it, and accepting its only ever really going to be an aspirational urban tank. Which is fine except its packed with gear that 99% is wasted. Not exactly a step towards sustainable living.

9 September 2020
The Apprentice wrote:

I thought Defenders were meant for trekking across the countryside? Where are you going to plug it in? The final blowing away of the lifestyle myth these are sold on, the current TV advert is full of it, and accepting its only ever really going to be an aspirational urban tank. Which is fine except its packed with gear that 99% is wasted. Not exactly a step towards sustainable living.

Yes, because no one has invented a generator yet have they, just because can be used off road, doesnt mean they are always high on hill with a lonely goatherd.  What are Tesla going to do when they release the cybertruck, only send it to places with a support network of charging stations? 

9 September 2020

A 50Kw generator typically uses a 3.5L diesel engine and weighs about 2 tons and uses about 3 gallons of fuel per hour.  So a half hour charge would give 21miles charge but use 1.5 gallons of fuel giving you 14mpg equivalent (plus the vehicle that took the fuel there in the first place).  Wind or solar could be an option assuming you could wait hours or days for a charge.....

9 September 2020

It is always "plugged in" to its own engine! And if you were in the desert and your spare can of fuel is contaminated, that second engine will be very useful. Also, we are on the verge of efficient solar panel roofs that can add real range in sunshine. So the reductions in emissions in the city and the extended range and performance in the outback are uniquely valuable.  My only complaint is that it should have been a launch model, as its PHEV system is already well proven in the ridiculously fast and much admired RR Sport.

9 September 2020
The Apprentice wrote:

I thought Defenders were meant for trekking across the countryside? Where are you going to plug it in? ....

In which case don't buy the PHEV version. Anyway you would be doing well in this country to find more than 20 miles of continuous off road, road.

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9 September 2020

I note no anouncment of price for the P400e!

It always makes me smile when Brands anunce these crazy sub 5 second 0-60 times on 'countryuse' biased 4x4's. Do they have any idea of how uninportant this is in a narrow country lane.....whereas size in a narrow country lane is definitely an issue, as my neighbour has already found out to his cost with his 110 !!!

I also detest so called 'privacy glass', and yet it appears this is a standard 'enhancement'. There is no need for this American fad in the UK....it makes the vehicle look ridiculous, we dont have 'Death Valley' heat in the UK to require it, reduces reversing at night to a lottery and manouvering amongst obstacles whilst off-road more of a challenge.

I know some bright spark will shout 360 degree cameras, but they dont work so well when your mirrors have been wiped off the car by oncoming delivery vans because your 110 is too wide! .... as my neighbour found out....

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