UPDATE: Coventry Motors Corporation has given an updated price list for the all-new 2021 Land Rover Defender, which can be seen below.
The Land Rover Defender is right up there with other iconic off-roaders such as the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler, just to name a few. This highly-anticipated off-roader will soon make its Philippine debut. But first, the team at Land Rover Philippines, which is handled by Coventry Motors Corporation, took the all-new 2021 Land Rover Defender to Tanay, Rizal to showcase its off-roading prowess.
The SUV’s design is a modern interpretation of the old-school Defender we know and love. The front and rear overhangs are short, which enables it to have a 38-degree approach angle and a departure angle of an astonishing 40 degrees. For the Defender 110, the departure angle stands at an impressive 28 degrees. These figures are slightly less compared to its predecessor because the car’s body was completely redesigned from the ground up to pass global safety regulations. Nevertheless, the Defender’s figures are still a lot better than anything that’s offered in its segment right now, especially its 900 mm wading depth.
For the base 2021 Land Rover Defender, the exterior is dressed up in 19-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels with off-road tires, LED headlights with auto high beam and leveling, front foglights, black roof rails, rear-mounted full-size spare tire, and Bright Exterior Pack. Buyers can opt for the following packs to further enhance the exterior design: Urban (as shown), Country, Adventure, and Explorer.
Whereas the previous Defender utilized a body-on-frame construction, this new one now rides on an all-new, aluminum-intensive D7x unibody platform. This gives the Defender superior on-road performance compared to its predecessors. Fortunately, when it comes to the rough stuff, the D7x is still more than capable to handle whatever nature throws at it. The D7x is the stiffest platform Land Rover has ever created—even three times more rigid than any body-on-frame design.
Ditching its solid rear axle is a fully independent suspension system fitted with coil springs as standard on the short-wheelbase Defender 90. For more flexibility and comfort, a fully adjustable air suspension is optional on the Defender 90 and standard on the long-wheelbase Defender 110. There’s also a new twin-speed transfer box and a new four-wheel-drive system, which debuts a new Configurable Terrain Response. Compared to previous versions, this new system is able to fine-tune the various functions of the vehicle, in addition to preset modes such as Rock, Mud, Sand, Snow, just to name a few.
The interior design is also a complete revolution, featuring a more modern and minimalist design. Most functions have been relegated to the new touch screen infotainment system. This, along with the fully digital instrument cluster and optional large color head-up display form the Land Rover Electronic Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) which supports over-the-air updates. While the modern interior is definitely luxurious, Land Rover has kept some parts of the interior utilitarian, especially those that will be susceptible to wear-and-tear.
As with most modern cars nowadays, the 2021 Land Rover Defender is equipped with a host of advanced driver-assist systems, ranging from automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, Land Rover’s innovative ClearSight Ground View camera, 360-degree camera system, and a host of autonomous parking aids.
Those looking for the absolute best Defender variant should splurge for the Defender 110 First Edition. This model gets all the bells and whistles, including Matrix LED headlights, 20-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, 400-watt 10-speaker Meridian surround sound system, three-zone climate control, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, illuminated door sills, and a center console with a built-in refrigerator. Also unique to the Defender 110 First Edition is blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender will go on sale in the Philippines with one engine choice, a 3.0-liter inline-6 with a twin-scroll turbo mated to a 48-volt integrated starter generator. The mild-hybrid system produces a total output of 395 hp and can propel the all-new Defender from zero to 100 kph in just 6.1 seconds.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender will make its Southeast Asian debut on August 7, 2020, which is this Friday. Coventry Motors Corporation will also part of this celebration, which is why the company is using this opportunity to showcase the all-new Defender before its local launch. Interested? Here are the prices of the 2021 Land Rover Defender:
Defender 110 Urban: P6,310,000
Defender 110 Country: P6,360,000
Defender 110 Adventure: P6,440,000
Defender 110 Explorer: P6,610,000
Defender 110 First Edition: P9,390,000.