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2021 Land Rover Defender Plug-In Hybrid, 6-Cylinder Diesel & X-Dynamic trims revealed

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Land Rover has revealed the 2021 Model Year Defender with new advanced electrified powertrains, new model specifications and more options. New for 2021 is the First Defender Plug-In Hybrid that comes in the ‘P400e’ variant, a new six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine, available in the D200, D250 and the range-topping D300 variants, a Hard Top commercial Defender available in 90 and 110 body designs, a new Intelligent All-Wheel drive system, fitted to all in-line six-cylinder diesel models and a new X-Dynamic trim. 

New for 2021, the P400e variant comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine coupled to a 105 kW electric motor, that delivers 404 PS of power and 640 Nm of torque with the capability of running in all-electric mode for up to 43 km with zero tailpipe emissions. The electric motor can also provide torque on demand during off-road, making the Defender even more capable. The P400e produces as little as 74 g/km of CO2 while delivering a fuel economy of 3.3 l/100km and accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and will reach a top speed of 209 km/h. 

The Defender P400e can be charged using a 50 kW rapid charger, to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. The PHEV model also comes with a Mode 3 charging cable as standard, while an optional Mode 2 cable is also available. The Mode 3 charging cable enables charging to 80% in two hours while charging via a Mode 2 cable will take around seven hours to charge to 80%. The Defender P400e features highlights such as 20-inch alloy wheels, Electronic Air Suspension, five or six-seat options, three-zone climate control, Privacy Glass and Solar Attenuating Glass, regenerative braking and a towing capacity of up to 3,000kg. 

For 2021, the Land Rover Defender also gets a new in-line six-cylinder diesel option from the Ingenium engine family coupled with Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology and a new Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. The top-of-the-line D300 variant delivers 300 PS of power and 650 Nm of torque and the D200 and D250 models for 2021, with the same six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine, make 200 PS / 500 Nm and 249 PS / 570 Nm respectively. 

Land Rover has also announced the new X-Dynamic trim, featuring a tough exterior design and unique interior fittings. The X-Dynamic trim comes with a satin grille bar, matching front and rear skid plates, satin silver badging, Rear Recovery Loops in Satin Black, Satin Dark Grey/Gloss Black finish alloy wheels, Black finished mirror caps, window decals and lower sill and wheel arch cladding.

Closer to home, Jaguar Land Rover India launched the Land Rover Defender in India with the price starting from INR 69.99 lakh ex-showroom, nearly seven months ago, but due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, the bookings and deliveries that were expected to commence from August are likely to be on hold. The Land Rover Defender is expected to resume deliveries from next month onwards in the Indian market. 

Land Rover Defender X-Dynamic