Land Rover upgrades Defender to meet emission standards

Four years after its introduction, Land Rover has revised its iconic Defender. In addition to minor cosmetic tweaks and new packs, the drivelines have been reshuffled to comply with Euro 6e emission standards.

The Defender’s facelift has been surrounded by rumors, such as the introduction of an all-electric version, which is not happening, and the switch to a three-cylinder plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The company itself even upheld the latter, but it was wrong information.

P400e becomes P300e

A detuned powertrain offering from a Captain Chairs pack for the version with three seating rows and prestigious extra colors adds to the luxury. The PHEV version retains its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine but will feature less power to adapt to the current emission standard, Euro 6e (Euro 7 won’t take effect before 2027). The badge hints at the step back by changing its name from P400e to P300e.

Land Rover hasn’t issued exact specifications on the new electrified version. Hinting at a three-cylinder solution wasn’t far-fetched since the Discovery Sport and Evoque use this setup with a 1.5-liter engine and a 15-kWh battery pack for a combined output of 296 hp.

Special Sedona Edition

Further changes include dropping the six-cylinder gasoline engine for the V8 and replacing it with an upgraded and more robust diesel engine, dubbed D350, for swifter overtaking and even better towing capabilities. No performance figures have been made available yet.

Land Rover launches a 110 Sedona Edition to spearhead the facelift, which will be exclusively available for one year. It features a deep red color accompanied by 22-inch gloss black wheels, a Black Pack, and a body-colored spare-wheel cover. The overall trim range has also been simplified.


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