Test drive Land Rover Defender: With a new gentleness through the water hole

you Can modernize an icon? The Exercise is not always possible, especially if your circle of friends leaves on delicate weathering and a hard heart. For the Lan

Test drive Land Rover Defender: With a new gentleness through the water hole

you Can modernize an icon? The Exercise is not always possible, especially if your circle of friends leaves on delicate weathering and a hard heart. For the Land Rover Defender, but the time had come, not only optically, but also technically on a new footing. Since 1948, the off-road veteran is more or less unchanged in the program of the brand, to the provisional at the end of the series in 2016, more than two million copies of the hard-nosed Brits were sold. 20. June, the fundamentally new successor comes to the dealers, first of all, 5.02 meters long as a model 110 with seven seats and a tight base price of 55 € 600.

The Design is successful, the Defender of the balancing act. Not too chunky, but solid and confident he is, the gentle curves take nothing with him from the formal factual in nature. The massive Bug does not speak a unique language, reluctance to stand, despite the knowledge that more often than used to be the paved path will be the goal, at the very top in the load folder. The coefficient of air resistance is drastically reduced from formerly 0.68 to cW to 0.38. Inside, the styling and the choice of material between Vitra and Koziol, metal and leather hardly move. But a beautiful form of plastic, to the touch, on top of that pleasant and maintenance appears easy. The seat covers are manufactured like many of the other installations made of recycled PET bottles, the resource will appear with a view to the trash vortex of the world's oceans as inexhaustible.

The Defender should remain mandatory equipment for many travelers and adventurers. Its all-terrain capability is increased in comparison to the already-potent predecessor. Of the rigid axles, and the head part has adopted the independent suspension on aluminum Monocoque allowed in conjunction with the optional air suspension, amazing ground clearance and axle articulation. Up to 90 centimeters depth to water holes can conquer the Land Rover, hardly a ramp leaves him with 45 percent gradeability fail. For maximum traction of the permanent all-wheel drive with Locking differentials, as well as a site reduction of the obligatory eight-speed automatic transmission.

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On distant shores and in the fine desert sand, the new Defender wants to Shine. On expeditions, he can transport 900 pounds of man and Material at 2.3 tons of unladen weight, the maximum he is allowed to weigh 3.2 tons and 3.5 tons in tow take. The roof is a 300-kilogram load, dynamic to be able to ride on the carrier 160 kilograms. In the trunk of 1075 to 2380 litres.

the Two four-cylinder Diesel and two petrol engines are on offer. The base diesel delivers 200 HP. The stronger Version is 240 HP, both brace 430 Newton metres of torque peak. As the consumption value is to be specified according to the Norm of 7.7 liters of Diesel on 100 kilometers. Which do not comply with the petrol models. The 300-HP four-cylinder with 400 Nm of torque requires 9.9 liters of fuel, the in-line six-cylinder with 400 HP and 550 Nm range, thanks to its Mild Hybrid technology 9.6 liters of petrol according to the standard. A Plug-in Hybrid variant will probably follow in the coming year. Already by the end of 2020, the shorter, two-door Defender 90 with the same engine appears, however, offer for a minimum of 49.700€.

Updated Date: 12 June 2020, 16:21

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