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The long term plan for the Land Rover Defender lies somewhere between the current model and the DC100 concept vehicle. In August 2006 Land Rover released the official information of the new Defender 2007. The changes were all on the inside, except for the slightly modified bonnet for the new engine. The 2013 model year sees some refinements and the introduction of some special editions, increased spec levels and new colour choices.

Land Rover Defender customers seeking a higher level of specification can now enhance their vehicle even further with three additional options and a choice of two new exterior body colours, Barolo Black and Havana. Options of a new premium seat design, upgraded in-car entertainment and a choice of four new contrast roof colours are now available to Defender customers. Substantial improvements were made to the specification last year, including the introduction of the EU5 2.2-litre diesel engine, ventilated discs.

Choice of Contrast Roof

Smart new, contrast roof colours can now be chosen against the majority of the Defender paint palette. In addition to the standard Fuji White, customers can now opt for Santorini Black, Indus Silver, Orkney Grey or Firenze Red. The Firenze Red for example, can be chosen with the Santorini Black roof and the Baltic Blue with Indus Silver or simply retain their body colour.

New Premium Seat Design

Premium part leather seats which contour your body are available to the driver and front seat passenger, sporting the Land Rover logo on the backrest. The style of the seat naturally enhances driving support and comfort over the toughest of terrain. An integrated, centre stitch line on the headrest is also visible and adopted to the current standard seat in the Defender.

Upgraded In-Car Entertainment System

The base audio system for the Defender has a single-slot CD player, USB, Aux jack and 4x50W amplification with an optional audio upgrade available for Bluetooth connectivity with remote microphone. This can be enhanced further with the optional, Alpine-branded Hi Line 150W low profile subwoofer system with 10cm coaxial speakers replacing the standard units.

The Land Rover Defender continues to offer four option packs which comprise of the following:

Cold Climate Pack

  • Heated front seats
  • Heated windscreen

Comfort Pack

  • Air Conditioning
  • Audio System - Single Slot CD & Radio with MP3/AUX

Convenience Pack

  • Electric Front Windows
  • Remote Central Locking

Off Road Pack

  • All terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Traction Control (ETC)
  • Heavy Duty Steel Wheel - Goodyear MT/R Tubeless Tyre
  • Tow Ball, Drop Plate and Electrics
  • Under Ride Protection Bar

Roof Appointment Pack

  • Glass - Rear 1/4 Windows
  • Roof - Station Wagon
  • Exterior Pack
  • Mudflaps - Front
  • Roof Appointment Pack
  • Roof - Body colour
  • Sidesteps
  • Step - Rear Folding
  • Wheel Arches - Body colour

Style Pack

  • Boost Alloy Wheel & Continental ContiCrossContact AT Tyre
  • Front & rear antiroll bar
  • Locking Wheel Nuts
  • Metallic Paint
  • Tow Ball, Drop Plate and Electrics

2.2-litre diesel engine

The EU5 2.2-litre diesel engine replaced the EU4 2.4-litre diesel in 2012, matching it for power, torque and fuel consumption, whilst a full acoustic engine cover replaced the previous splash cover, reducing radiated engine noise and improving driving refinement.

The 2.2-litre diesel engine produces 122PS@3,500rpm and torque of 360Nm@2,000rpm, giving a 0-60mph time of 14.7 seconds and a top speed of 90mph. CO2 emissions on the combined cycle are 266g/km for the Defender 90 and 295g/km for the 110 and 130.

The GFT MT 82 six-speed gearbox has an excellent ratio spread, high top gear for cruising and enhanced low-speed crawl capability. The lower first gear offers low crawl speed making towing on-road and off-road much easier. The low-down engine torque also helps in-gear acceleration and the tall sixth gear ensures excellent real-world cruising, refinement and fuel economy. Ground gears in both the gearbox and transfer box help contribute to the refinement of the transmission.

Versatile Interior

The Defender?s facia continues to be based on a single, large moulding supported on a robust steel rail to help eliminate squeaks and rattles. The instruments provide clear, concise information to the driver with LED illumination. Versatile stowage shelves are conveniently located for both the driver and passenger and two console options are available: a practical open-tray design that keeps contents to hand and a large, lidded design that provides an impressive 14 litres of stowage. A powerful heating and ventilation system is designed to cope with the most extreme climates and features aluminium plate and fin heat exchangers to deliver impressive performance. Tall front seats are designed to improve maximum back support and headrest ergonomics in the most demanding of driving conditions and there are robust, supportive second row seats too. The 110 Station Wagon, 110 Double Cab Pick Up and 130 Crew Cab models, can comfortably accommodate three occupants on an asymmetrically-split second row seat. The Station Wagon derivatives have a spring-assisted fold mechanism which helps when folding the seats and when carrying large or awkward loads.

Defender 90 Station Wagon second row occupants benefit from a pair of individual, full-size, forward-facing rear seats. Providing excellent comfort levels, these seats are also available as a third row option on the 110 Station Wagon. Accessed either through the rear door or by folding the second row seats, they can be easily folded and stowed sideways in the loadspace.

Seat trims include durable all-vinyl and cloth specifications as well as the half-leather seat and new premium seats on XS derivatives. Three-point safety belts are specified for all seating positions.

100 units will be available for South Africa (30 x 90 Station Wagon & 70 x 110 Station Wagon)

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Land Rover Defender 2012MY Specs

All Models
Engine North-South, 4-cylinder, 16 valve
Displacement cc 2198
Bore / Stroke mm 86.0 / 94.6
Compression ratio :1 15.64 +/- 0.25
Max Power kW 90 @3500 rpm
Max Torque Nm (lb ft) 360 (265) @2000 rpm
Transmission GFT MT-82 (6 speed manual)
90 SW 110 SW 130
Top Speed Km/h 144 144 144
0-100 km/h sec 15.8 17 17
Fuel Economy l/100km
(Urban, Extra urban, Combined)
(11.7, 9.4, 10.2) (13.6, 9.7, 11.1) (13.6, 9.7, 11.1)
Track front/rear (m) 1.486 1.486 1.511
Width (m) 1.790 1.790 1.790
Length (m) 3.894 4.785 5.170
Wheelbase (m) 2.360 (93) 2.794 (110) 3.225 (127)
Weight (kg)
(Gross, Kerb, Payload)
(2505, 1887, 618) (3050, 2123, 927) (3500, 2149, 1351)
Gradients at Kerb weight, deg
(Approach, Departure, Ramp)
(47, 47, 147) (49, 35, 150) (49, 35, 53)
Ground Clearance mmm
(Axel, min underbody)
(250, 323) (250, 314) (250, 314)
Wading depth mm 500
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