Anything Defender related is always guaranteed to be big news on PH, but this feels like a more significant announcement than most: here's the hybrid one. The P400e will be the most powerful and fuel-efficient model in the range, combining a 300hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo with 105kW electric motor for 404hp, 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds, 85mpg and 74g/km.
Land Rover describes the P400e as "key to Defender's expanded appeal", and it isn't hard to see what might attract customers. An EV range of 27 miles will be more than enough for a few school runs, the instant torque has benefit off road and availability in both five and six-seat layouts means practicality hasn't been hindered adversely.
As for charging, the standard Mode 3 cable charges from a public charger to 80 per cent in two hours; an optional Mode 2 charger can be plugged in at home and to the same in seven hours. A public rapid charger can do the 80 per cent in half an hour.
That's just the start of the latest Defender update, too, even if the hybrid will most likely hog the headlines. There's now a six-cylinder Ingenium diesel as well, a 300hp mild hybrid 3.0-litre that offers a 6.7-second 0-62mph dash. Along with 479lb ft, Land Rover is promising effortless performance both on and off-road, perfectly fitting Defender's tough character. Interestingly, too, the D200 and D240 four-cylinder diesels are being replaced with the D200 and D250, which are detuned versions of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder.
There's an X-Dynamic trim now available on the Defenders, too, with a "suite of enhancements to deliver a tougher look and feel." That's joined by some new colours, including Yulong White, Silicon Silver, Hakuba Silver and Carpathian Grey.
Finally, this MY2021 sees the Defender 90 and Defender Hard Top go on sale. The short wheelbase car offers the same range of powertrain options (D200, D250, D300, P300 and P400) and the same vast array of extras as well. The Hard Top is as we've detailed before, and launches at a price of £35,820 for a 90 (ex. VAT) and £43,012 for a 110 (ex. VAT). The standard cars kick off at £43,625 (90) and £45,315 (110). As for all the hybrid, we're yet to hear anything yet. All guesses welcome...
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