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New plug-in hybrid Land Rover Defender offers 27 miles electric driving

Nick Francis

09 Sep 2020

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Land Rover has unveiled a host of updates for the model year 2021 Defender, including a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version which offers up to 27 miles pure-electric driving. A more powerful version of its Ingenium six-cylinder mild hybrid diesel engine has also been added to the range, as well as a new trim level called X-Dynamic.

Plug-in hybrid Defender

Called the P400e, the PHEV version of Land Rover’s much lauded go-anywhere SUV offers up to 27 miles of pure-electric driving, and can be driven off-road in a low range setting to take advantage of the torque offered by the electric motor when on rough terrain. Available in the 110 body style only, a 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 296bhp is mated to a 105kW electric motor which tops the overall output up to 398bhp. The motor draws its power from a 19.2kWh battery and helps keep the CO2 levels as low as 74g/km. Land Rover claims the P400e is capable of achieving 85.3mpg, while it covers the 0-62mph sprint in a very spritely 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph.

All P400e models sit on top of 20-inch alloys, and come with regenerative braking, electronic air suspension and a Mode 3 charging port and cable which can top up the battery to 80% in two hours. Charging via a Mode 2 cable lengthens the time to seven hours, which will suit those who can charge overnight at home. Using a 50kW rapid charger, the battery charges to 80% in around half an hour. Iain Gray, Senior Manager, Powertrain Advanced Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said:“The advanced new P400e Plug-In Hybrid perfectly balances performance with fuel economy and all-electric off-road capability. The latest model also provides refined and powerful new in-line six-cylinder diesel engines that bring improvements in fuel economy and drivability. They join a comprehensive range of powertrain options for Defender.”

D300 Ingenium mild hybrid diesel

The Defender line up has also gained a third, range-topping version of the Ingenium diesel engine which already makes up the diesel range. Sitting above the D200 and D250 engines, the D300 uses the same inline six-cylinder mild hybrid configuration, but produces 296bhp and 650Nm of torque, which makes it good for a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds in the Defender 90. The D300 engine is coupled with Land Rover’s intelligent torque distribution system which varies the torque between the front and back axles, based on the terrain and driver inputs.

Defender X-Dynamic

A new trim level called the X-Dynamic comes with durable ‘silicon satin’ front and rear skid pans, a matching grille bar and dollops of satin and glass black flourishes here and there, which includes the wheels. The interior gets unique illuminating treadplates and seats made from something called Robustek, which is apparently an incredibly hard-wearing material which befits the Defender’s adventure capabilities.

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