Late last year, Land Rover Philippines said that they will be bringing in the all-new Defender to the country. Seven months after, they previewed their latest 4x4 and the pre-order bookings filled up almost immediately. Now, the Defender is ready to hit our roads.
For the Philippine market, it's the five-door that's now in showrooms and there's a wide variety of custom packages available for it. There's the Urban, Country, Adventure, Explorer, and First Edition.
The Urban comes with a skid plate, metal accents on the pedals, a spare wheel cover, and a bright finished scuff plate. Move up to the Country pack and it gains fender flares, mudflaps, cargo partitions, and even a hose for rinsing off items.
The Adventure has all of the previously-mentioned features plus a side-mounted cargo box, an air compressor, and a seat backpack. For those who want to venture further out into the wilderness, the Explorer edition will let you carry more things with you thanks to its roof storage. It also comes with matte black decals on the hood and even a step ladder.
But if you want the ultimate Defender, then you should choose the First Edition. This special model packs a unique set of 20-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, and adaptive LED headlights. Exclusive to the First Edition is the Terrain Response 2 system, which is a four-wheel-drive system that can automatically adapt to the conditions without ever fiddling with any more knobs and buttons.
There's no diesel option for the Philippine-spec Defender, at least for now. The only engine offered locally is the 3.0-liter 48V mild-hybrid inline-six engine with an electric supercharger and twin-scroll turbocharger. To say that it has heaps more than Defenders of the past is an understatement. This new straight-six is good for 400 PS and 550 Nm of torque. That's enough to give it a 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds.
As for those who would prefer to have the three-door version, they might have to wait a little bit longer. There is no definite date set for its arrival here just yet, but Land Rover Philippines will be sold here soon.
2021 Land Rover Defender Urban: Php 6,310,000
2021 Land Rover Defender Country: Php 6,360,000
2021 Land Rover Defender Adventure: Php 6,440,000
2021 Land Rover Defender Explorer: Php 6,610,000
2021 Land Rover Defender First Edition: Php 9,390,000