The new short-wheelbase Land Rover Defender 90 is the most capable and connected. When it was launched, the model range comprises the base Defender S, X-Dynamic, First Edition and top of the range Defender X models, each sold with four engine options.
Motorpress has stated that the Defender S features standard equipment including LED headlights with auto high beam assist, keyless entry, Ebony grained leather seats and a Pivi Pro 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Driver assistance features include terrain response, 3D surround cameras, emergency braking, lane keep assist, 360-degree parking aid, wade sensing and driving condition monitoring.
The X-Dynamic model has a tough exterior look and a unique interior. It features gloss painted Narvik Black exterior door and wheel arch cladding. The Defender X-Dynamic is available with a choice of SE and HSE specification packs.
The X derivative has a gloss black contrast hood. The difference between the X and Core vehicles, front and rear skid pans and other detailed exterior parts are coated in Starlight Satin finish. The brake callipers are orange, the dashboard is a dark grey and door sill treadplates are illuminated with Defender script.
The X derivative also has air suspension as standard along with an electronic active rear differential, configurable Terrain Response 2, a panoramic sunroof, Matrix LED headlights, 14-way heated and cooled front seat, ClearSight interior rearview mirror and a head-up display.
The Defender first edition is available in Pangea Green, Gondwana Stone or Hakuba Silver, with a folding fabric sunroof in the contrast white roof.
The standard derivate comes with air suspension, 12-way heated seats, an electrically adjustable steering column, ClearSight rearview mirror and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Customers can personalise their Defender 90 with four Accessory Packs. The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban packs. Each pack gives a distinct character with a selected range of enhancements.
The Explorer pack features raised air intake, a lightweight roof rack to carry up to 132 kg, a 24-litre exterior side-mounted gear carrier, matte black bonnet decal and wheel arch protection.
The Adventure pack consists of a portable rinse system, a 20-litre seat backpack, a rear scuff plate, front and rear mudflaps, a spare wheel cover, an integrated air compressor and the same side-mounted Gear Carrier.
A Country pack has the Defender front and rear mudflaps, a full height to prevent items from entering the cabin, wheel arch protection, a bright rear scuff plate and a portable rinsing system.
Lastly, the Urban pack has bright metal pedals, a bright rear scuff plate, a spare wheel cover and front under shield protection that makes the Defender stand out.
At the South African launch, the Defender 90 lineup has four engine options comprising two diesel engines and two petrol engines.
A 2.0-litre D240 turbodiesel produces 177kW and 430Nm, while a 2.0-litre P300 turbo-petrol with 221kW and 400Nm.
More powerful 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder options include a P400 petrol featuring efficient Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology with outputs of 294kW and 550Nm, and a D300 diesel with 221kW and an impressive torque figure of 650Nm.
Defender 90 Pricing:
Defender 90 D240 S R1,095,600
Defender 90 D300 S R1,186,800
Defender 90 P300 S R1,095,600
Defender 90 P400 S R1,214,200
Defender 90 D240 X-Dynamic SE R1,215,500
Defender 90 D300 X-Dynamic SE R1,297,000
Defender 90 P300 X-Dynamic SE R1,215,500
Defender 90 P400 X-Dynamic SE R1,338,600
Defender 90 D240 X-Dynamic HSE R1,284,400
Defender 90 D300 X-Dynamic HSE R1,365,900
Defender 90 P300 X-Dynamic HSE R1,284,400
Defender 90 P400 X-Dynamic HSE R1,407,500
Defender 90 D240 First Edition R1,223,800
Defender 90 P400 First Edition R1,341,700
Defender 90 D300 X R1,542,100
Defender 90 P400 X R1,575,000