When Land Rover The Defender was launched in India back in October 2020 and was launched with a single 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine. Land Rover has now added a new diesel engine to the Defender range in India. Prices for the Land Rover Defender Diesel starts at 94.36 lakh INR and rises to 1.08 INR crore (all prices ex showroom, India). The diesel engine is available for both the Defender 90 (3-door) and 110 (5-door) versions in four equipment variants – SE, HSE, X-Dynamic HSE and the new top specification X.
As can be seen from the table above, the diesel variants of the Defender have a sizable premium over their gasoline counterparts, ranging from INR 10.42 to INR 14.46. In addition, the new Top X fairing is only offered with the diesel engine, the price of which is well above a crore. Under the hood, the Defender diesel is powered by a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder D300 engine that generates 300 hp and 650 Nm of torque. The power is obviously transmitted to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
With this new diesel engine, the Land Rover Defender 90 can sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.7 seconds. Meanwhile, the 110 version can do the same sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 7 seconds. The differences are only marginal. Both have a top speed of 191 km / h. In comparison, the Defender’s 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine has an identical output of 300 hp, but a much lower torque at 400 Nm. The gearbox and 4×4 system are identical in the petrol and diesel variants of the Defender.
The top variants of the Land Rover Defender diesel continue the bells and whistles of its gasoline-powered colleagues. External highlights include LED headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights, windshield wipers with rain sensors and powered and heated ORVMs. Inside, the Defender is equipped with functions such as the 10-inch infotainment system Pivi Pro from Land Rover (with Ple CarPlay and Android Auto), networked technology, three-zone climate control, head-up display, heated and cooled front seats and a 360- Degree camera. It also receives driving aids such as an assistant for blind spots, adaptive cruise control and monitoring of the pre-collision at the rear.
Above all, off-roading is at the heart of the Defender, especially with this new diesel engine. For this purpose, the Defender has a take-off angle of 40 degrees, an approach angle of 38 degrees and a tipping angle of 28 degrees. In addition, the pneumatic suspension can increase the ground clearance of the SUV up to 291 mm. The Defender also has a water capacity of 900mm. While the defender in India has no direct rival, this is the Jeep Wrangler is the best match when it comes to off-road skills.