Review Land Rover Defender 110
At the same time, Defender loyalists are drawn to the minimalist design, to a vehicle that can take you anywhere, that you can be badly treated, but that will still take you back home. Again.
Available in a multitude of variants around the world, it’s a vehicle favored by the military, aid organizations and government agencies as well as those who simply love the great outdoors.
We have two models, 110 wagons and 130 chassis, missing traction control.
Designed primarily with functionality, practicality and reliability, this is also a means that you can literally exit when it’s too dirty.
But the basic design is entirely Defender’s, with no plans to continue production after 2010 when it no longer meets minimum safety standards.
The problem here is that with only 25,000 sales a year worldwide, redesigning the car for the 21st century may simply be uneconomical.
So, with two years of operation, Land Rover has just updated the current 2002 model for the last time, to produce what is said to be the most comfortable Defender ever but still so difficult.
It must be said that we tried to crack the engine shell of our test car, a 130 chassis through bad luck rather than bad management.
On a particularly difficult road, a rock is said to have been struck by one of the front wheels with enough force to punch a hole in the crank in an area covered by strong bumps.
It was a million to a chance but some putty and refilling later and the car was back on the road.
In a nutshell, that describes what Defender is all about.
For the new 07MY model, the TD5 five-cylinder diesel engine has given way to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit from Ford, a six-speed manual has been added and cabin comfort has been greatly improved.
The new 2.4-liter diesel engine is the same engine that can be found in Ford vans and is good for 90kW and 360 Nm of torque, with 90% of torque available from 1500 rpm. minute.
By comparison, the old engine is good for 90kW and 300Nm.
The six-speed manual is a welcome addition with lower first gear for extreme roads and higher sixth gear to fly on freeway more comfortably.
Fuel economy is rated at 11.0 liters / 100km.
We think the second device in the high range is still a bit too high for the speed we want to maintain.
The Defender runs a full-time all-wheel drive system, with a low range selectable via a traditional gear shift lever. Sometimes we find the shift between high and low ranges difficult and the rotation is very terrible.
Inside, many elbows have been created by moving the front seat to the center of the cabin. The seats are surprisingly comfortable and in the wagon, the third row of front seats is now available as an option.
The dash is drawn on the Discovery magnetic measuring device with an analog clock in the middle. You even get a CD-based audio system but surprisingly there is no iPod connection.
Gone are the pop up vents that have been replaced with standard air conditioners.
Land Rover has lost the number of Defenders it has sold in Australia and actually how many different versions of the car it is currently producing.
Bush bushes have been on sale here since 1949 and many rear paddles can attest to its antirust alloy body.
Defender 110 is priced from $ 48,990 and 130 from $ 50,990.