The New Land Rover Defender will be making its highly anticipated MENA debut at the 2019 Dubai International Motor Show, which will run from 12-16 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. As the largest international automotive event across the Middle East and North Africa region, there is no better occasion to mark the return of this iconic car.
“There are few cars as ingrained in the history of the UAE as the Land Rover Defender, and we are elated to be able to welcome it back to the region since its discontinuation in 2016” commented Bruce Robertson, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Middle East and North Africa. “The New Defender is a testament to over 70 years of innovation and has evolved by using pioneering technological advancements to deliver new off-road capabilities which will continue to make the New Defender synonymous with adventure, reliability and trustworthiness.”
Comprising of the Defender, S, SE, HSE, First Edition, and top-of-the-range Defender X, the range allows customers to personalise their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover, with four Accessory Packs: the Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban pack, each giving the Defender a distinct character. Exclusive First Edition models featuring unique specification will be available throughout the first year of production.
The New Land Rover Defender has been through more than 62,000 tests for engineering sign-off, while the chassis and body architecture have been engineered to withstand Land Rover’s Extreme Event Test procedure – repeated and sustained impacts, above and beyond the normal standard for SUV and passenger cars.
Shaped by over 1.2 million kilometres of on and off-road testing in extreme conditions around the world, including the scorching temperatures of the UAE, the freezing cold of Arjeplog in the Arctic Circle and the punishing Nürburgring Circuit in Germany, as well as the plains of Kenya, the New Defender promises to bring unparalleled breadth of capability and new levels of comfort and driveability to the Land Rover family. This is a huge draw for UAE customers who need a car that can withstand high temperatures, is at home on the urban streets, and can easily traverse desert terrain.
An icon reimagined
Available in both 90 and 110 body designs, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110, its distinctive silhouette makes the New Defender instantly recognisable, with minimal front and rear overhangs providing excellent approach and departure angles.
“The New Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it. This is a New Defender for a new age” commented Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover. “Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable – a visually compelling 4×4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment.”
Land Rover’s new purpose-engineered D7x (for extreme) architecture is based on a lightweight aluminium monoque construction to create the stiffest body structure the brand has ever produced.
Three times stiffer than traditional body-on-frame designs, it has been engineered to withstand Land Rover’s Extreme Event Test procedures and provides the perfect foundations for the fully independent air or coil sprung suspension while supporting the latest electrified powertrains.
A choice of advanced petrol and cleaner diesel engines ensure New Defender has the power, control and efficiency for any environment.
New Defender features permanent four-wheel drive, a twin-speed automatic gearbox, a maximum towing capability of 3,500kg and a maximum static roof load of 300kg, making it the perfect companion for overland adventures.
The New Defender is also the first Land Rover to feature Configurable Terrain Response, which allows drivers to fine-tune a range of settings to suit the conditions more precisely than ever before. A new Wade programme optimises the vehicle for fording – giving customers even more confidence when tackling flooded roads and tracks. Defender has a world-class maximum wading depth of up to 900mm.
Inside, the highly functional cabin design is marked out by exposed structural elements and 21st century technologies, including the state-of-the-art New Pivi Pro infotainment system.- In addition Software-Over-The-Air technology, with 14 individual modules capable of receiving remote updates, ensures Defender customers always benefit from the latest software, wherever they are in the world.
“We’ve embraced Defender’s stunning capability and minimalistic, functional interior to reinvent the icon for the 21st century” remarked Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover. “The New Defender gives us the licence to do things differently, to push the boundaries and do the unthinkable, without ever losing the character and authenticity of the original. From the start we had an absolute obsession with functionality beneath the skin, from choosing the right materials through to state of the art connectivity. The result is not only the most capable Land Rover ever made, but also a truly comfortable, modern vehicle that people will love to drive.”
Musto and LEGO partnerships
Land Rover has partnered with Musto to create a range of outdoor performance clothing inspired by the New Land Rover Defender and with Lego to build a highly detailed LEGO Technic model.
The new LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender is an automotive icon you can build at home. The 2,573-piece model combines the boundless creativity of LEGO with New Defender’s instantly recognisable silhouette and unrivalled capability.
The Above and Beyond collection of men’s and women’s performance clothing and technical equipment designed in partnership with Musto was inspired by the durability and capability of the New Land Rover Defender. Innovations in the collection include the Welded Thermo jacket with RECCO integrated reflective antenna to help rescue teams locate a person in difficult terrain. The jacket also features PrimaLoft Aerogel-lined pockets that help keep mobile phones charged for longer.
The new LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender and the Above and Beyond collection will be displayed at the Jaguar Land Rover stand at Dubai International Motor Show from 12-16 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre.