Deliveries of the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender, which had its grand launch in India on October 15, have begun. The new Defender starts from Rs 73.98 lakh for the entry-level 90 Series and Rs 79.94 lakh for the 110 Series – ex-showroom, India. For those who aren’t in the know, the 90 Series is the 3-Door model of the Defender, whilst the 110 Series is the 5-Door iteration. The new Defender’s customers can also choose from one of five variants – ranging from the Base trim to the fully-loaded First Edition. All variants of the new-generation Land Rover Defender in India are only available with a petrol engine. Despite its higher cost, the 110 Series will likely see more takers because of its increased practicality. Meanwhile, the traditional Defender 3-Door will be cherished by (well-heeled) enthusiasts. However, this one will only arrive in dealerships next year.
Not too long ago, Land Rover India had announced that it had already brought in the first batch of the 2020 Defender. Before it officially went on sale, the new Defender’s price tag was rumored to kick off from just under Rs 70 lakh, though, as we can see, the actual price is slightly higher than that. However, if you are the type of buyer who is in the market looking for an SUV from a well-established premium marque such as Land Rover, that kind of bump will likely not tick you off. Anyway, the 2020 Defender is the kind of vehicle that can take you to almost any corner of this planet while you sip on that Starbucks coffee, which you bought at an inflated price. So, no harm done.
Land Rover has been cautious with the design of its new Defender – thoroughly modernizing it without harming the pure legacy and rustic charm of its oldest nameplate. The exterior features all of the characteristics one would expect from a Defender; the circular headlamps, flat hood, upright stance, short front & rear overhangs, and the split tail lams are all here. Even from miles away, there is no mistaking this boxy silhouette for anything but a Defender. Land Rover has used its D7x platform to underpin this bad boy, which means that the Defender is no longer a body-on-frame SUV. However, do not let that fool you into thinking that the conqueror of all-terrain has gone soft because it hasn’t.
The sheer engineering brilliance of the D7x architecture means that it (and the new Defender) can take a lot of abuse without breaking a single sweat. It is the kind of the fact that you will be glad to know as you sip on that coffee while fording through a river or something. Changes have been made on the inside of the 2020 Land Rover Defender as well – it sure needed it to keep up with the times. Depending on how much money you ready to give away to LR, the interior of the Defender can be equipped with plenty of modern equipment. Conveniences such as air suspension, heads-up display, a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smart connectivity features, a fully-digital 12.3-inch gauge cluster, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, power sunroof, and a Meridian premium sound system are all available.
Land Rover will happily charge you big bucks for many of the boxes you can tick for optional extras. Thankfully, most of the safety features in the 2020 Defender are available as standard. The most noteworthy ones here include 6 airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Corner Braking Control (CBC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control System (TCS), front and rear parking sensors, speed-sensing door locks, ISOFIX anchor stations, and a driver attention alert system. Unlike its predecessor, the 2020 Land Rover Defender sports far better materials, build quality, and fit-and-finish. The chances of hearing random rattles and loose bolts inside this cabin are low to none. However, the fact is that this cabin is still not as premium and exquisite as the Range Rover’s. What matters more here is this interior’s straightforward wash capability. Try doing that in the ‘Rangey.’