The petrol version of 400 hp with 48V micro-hybridization combines space, performance and agility.
Impressive? That’s the first name! Yes, there is a bit there the new Defender. Over five meters long with this spare wheel suspended from the boot lid, a height of almost two meters, a cabin that accommodated seven people on the model tested thanks to two retractable seats in the boot, Land Rover remains true to its reputation .
Under the hood, a 400 hp engine developed by a three-liter inline six-cylinder turbo. A group associated with a micro-hybridization system equipped with a 48V battery. The latter is powered when the driver lifts his foot or brakes.
Relatively reasonable consumption
The engine shuts down below 3 km / h and during stops. A 7 kW supercharger harnesses this electricity to increase turbo pressure and help with starts or acceleration. This saves fuel, and therefore reduces CO2 emissions.
This technology makes it possible to obtain reasonable consumption for a vehicle weighing nearly two and a half tonnes with tonic performance (6.1 seconds to reach 100 km / h).
Land Rover has not shied away from offering its new Defender all the advantages of a twenty-first century off-roader. Between the two generations, there is a real abyss. We go from rustic to the craziest sophistication. First, in the cabin, cozy, comfortable, luxurious.
Monocoque aluminum frame
But the essential thing is played at the level of the chassis which becomes monocoque, in aluminum and equipped with independent suspensions. A considerable gain in weight and rigidity. This Defender of course retains its crossing capabilities with all-wheel drive with locking central and rear differentials.
It also inherits the Terrain Response device, which is effective in all delicate situations. It offers several driving modes depending on the terrain configuration. It manages the steepest descents thanks to the short ratios of the gearbox, regulates the optimal ground clearance thanks to the intelligent suspensions.
In its range, it even inherits a new function, “wade”, allowing fords to be crossed in a relaxed manner. It can thus face a water depth of 900 mm.
At the same time, the engineers equipped their Defender with all the driving aids. Because this giant of the land will roll mainly on asphalt. Thanks to its 3D 360 ° panoramic camera, it monitors blind spots, ensures passengers exit by warning them of immediate danger, checks the free way when backing up, has adaptive cruise control, etc. Yes, the Defender has truly entered the contemporary world!