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Landrover defender offers new style and functionality

Some may say it’s England’s answer to America’s Jeep, but the latest Land Rover Defender offers its own sense of style and functionality.

Land Rover reopens the book on one of its most iconic nameplates with the all-new Defender. It’s the boxy shape and retro details recall the 1950’s original and combine with Land Rover’s modern design language to create an appearance that’s sophisticated and nostalgic.

While the latest Defender looks like an ordinary crossover, it has serious off-road capabilities and rugged components that help it live up to its go-anywhere heritage.

The Defender boasts durable cabin furnishings, but also upscale materials and numerous luxury features.

Available in Nigeria, the Land Rover Defender completes the luxurious and versatile Land Rover family line up in the stable of Coscharis Motors.

According to Cletus Aregbeshola, the Marketing Manager for Coscharis Jaguar Land Rover, “not only is the new version driven by a passion and respect for the original, but it also inherits the previous model’s naming convention”. Available now in 110 guise, which gives a historic nod to the 110-inch wheelbase of the previous generation, the Defender 110 body style offers customers a choice of five, six or 5+2 seating configurations and a load space ranging from 1,075 litres behind the second row to 2,380 litres with seats folded.

While the Defender 110 body style is available in Coscharis showroom for customer viewing, the short-wheelbase Defender 90, with seating for up to six, is scheduled for introduction early next year.

Though at the Global and South Africa launches, the 110 line-up includes a flagship 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder P400 featuring efficient Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology with an output of 294kW and 550Nm and a D240 twin-turbocharged diesel producing 177kW and 430Nm.

Coscharis Motors is offering customers the options of two 2.0-litre variants, with P300 turbocharged petrol offering 221kW and 400Nm.

A comprehensive model range is available, with four specification packs, including base Defender, S, SE and HSE models. Standard features in all versions include permanent all-wheel drive with a high- and low-range transfer box, air suspension, Terrain Response, LED headlights, Connected Navigation, 3D Surround Cameras, 10-inch Pivi Pro infotainment and a Driver Condition Monitor, among others.

A Defender 110 First Edition, available throughout the first year of production, is based on the SE model but adds standout features such as unique First Edition badging, illuminated tread plates, a Black Pack, 20-inch wheels, and a black contrast roof with sliding panoramic glass.

The First Edition also benefits from grained leather upholstery, a refrigerated centre console, domestic plug sockets and Configurable Terrain Response 2. It’s available in three exterior colours – Indus Silver, Gondwana Stone or Pangea Green.

Customers can also personalise their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover with four Accessory Packs. The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban Packs each give Defender a distinct character with a specially selected range of enhancements.

Permanent all-wheel drive and a twin-speed automatic gearbox, centre differential and optional Active Locking Rear Differential ensure the Defender has the hardware required to tackle the harshest conditions in Africa.

A maximum wading depth of 900mm is supported by a new Wade programme in the Terrain Response 2 system, which automatically softens the throttle response, sets the heating and ventilation to recirculate cabin air, locks the driveline and adjusts the ride height to its off-road setting.

When exiting Wade programme the new Defender automatically drags the brakes, momentarily, to clean and dry the discs and ensure optimum braking performance is restored quickly after driving through deep water.

Land Rover’s advanced Clear Sight Ground View technology helps drivers take full advantage of Defender’s all-conquering capability by showing the area usually hidden by the bonnet and directly ahead of the front wheels, on the Pivi Pro touchscreen.

The new Defender raises the bar for both off-road ruggedness and on-road comfort. It can negotiate city centres and suburbs as effortlessly as it can traverse the toughest mountain passes. Its carefully honed handling delivers both a rewarding drive and first-class long-haul comfort across all terrains.

Customers can contact our dealer outlets across Nigeria for pricing and specification listings.

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