Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched two more powerful engines for the iconic all-terrain vehicle in India. JLR added a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder, both gasoline and diesel, to the SUV, making it the most powerful variants of the model in the country. The Land Rover Defender was previously offered only with a gasoline powertrain.
Available in 90 (three-door) and 110 (five-door) variants, the Land Rover Defender SUV will now receive the new diesel powertrain in four versions offered – SE, HSE, X-Dynamic HSE and X. The engine is capable of producing 300 hp at 4000 rpm and 650 Nm of torque between 1500 and 2500 rpm. The new diesel engine will allow the Defender to go from zero to 100 km / h in just 6.7 seconds, slightly better than the petrol unit offered earlier. The maximum speed of the vehicle is 191 km / h.
On the other hand, the new 3.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit is capable of producing 400 hp of power and 550 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and come standard with an all-wheel drive system. They also feature mild hybrid technology.
The price of the 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel unit will start from ₹94.36 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom) and will go up to ₹1.08 crore for the top performing X variant. The price of the 3.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit starts from ₹86.24 lakh and goes up to ₹92.80 for the premium X-Dynamic HSE finish.
With the inclusion of these new engines, Land Rover Defender has now expanded its powertrain options in India to three. Previously, it was only offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit that could produce 300 hp.
Apart from these powertrains, the Defender SUV remains the same as the one offered before. It comes with the Pivi Pro infotainment system with live updates, a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument panel, head-up display (HUD), 3D surround camera, USB or 12V charging point in each row, a waterproof activity key, among other highlights.