The Land Rover Defender is arguably the most eagerly awaitedvehicles of 2020. The British manufacturer has had many on edge and counting sleeps over the new model. We’re delighted to announce that the wait is finally over.

The Defender’s “110” designation pays homage to the 110-inch wheelbase found in its predecessor and is currently available in three seating configurations; a five, six and seven-seater. According to the OEM, the new Defender is the most capable Land Rover to date. Having a strong lineage of vehicles known to square-off with any terrain, this bold statement isn’t merely PR talk.

With a maximum ground clearance of 291mm, Land Rover has entrusted three engine derivatives to power the 110 through the most hostile of landscapes. A 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder P400 with the brand’s Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology, with an adequate output of 294 kW and 550 Nm is on offer. Also available is P300 petrol and D240 diesel variant, both are powered by 2.0-litre engines producing 221 kW and 400 Nm in the former, and 177kW and 430 Nm in the oil burner. The model range is broken up into an S, SE and HSE grades, all of which are equipped standard with permanent all-wheel drive, a high and low-range transfer box, air suspension, Terrain Response and a further list ofbells and whistles.

Early bird customers will enjoy the novelty of owning a limited production variant of the Defender 110. The version will only be available during the vehicle’s first year of production. Dubbed the Defender 110 First Edition, the limited production spec is be based on their SE grade and is distinguished by First Edition badging, illuminated tread plates, 20-inch wheels and a black roof with panoramic glass. It will also only be available in three exclusive colours.

In its off-roading artillery, the Defender has a wading depth 900mm, maximum suspension articulation of 500mm, with approach, breakover and departure angles of 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively.

Pricing for the Defender 110 will start at R10 50 100. The short-wheelbase Defender 90 isn’t currently available locally, although it’s scheduled for our shores during the first half of 2021.

Gugu Masuku