The updated Land Rover Discovery Sport wasn't the only SUV the British marque had in store for us. They also announced that they will be bringing in the all-new Defender to the country, and you can pre-order it as early as now.
Not only that, you can build your own Defender, allowing you to mix and match exterior colors with specific interior trims. That gives you the freedom to buy the Defender you really want. The best part is, you can order specific packages to make your Defender unique.
There are six options to choose from, making the Defender one of the rare vehicles in the country you can truly build and buy. There's the S or Standard, the Urban, Country, Adventure, Explorer, and First Edition. The sixth package is of particular interest since we (the Philippines) would rarely get First Edition models as these are typically snapped up by their respective home markets.
The S is the base model while the Urban adds a front under shield, metal accents on the pedals, a spare wheel cover, and a bright finished scuff plate.
The Country pack adds fender flares, mudflaps, cargo partitions, and even a hose for rinsing off items.
Opt for the Adventure and you get a side-mounted cargo box, an air compressor, and a seat backpack.
The Explorer, on the other hand, gains roof storage, matte black decals on the hood, and even a step ladder.
But topping the range is the First Edition and it comes with a unique set of 20-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, adaptive LED headlights, and the more advanced 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.
All Philippine-spec Defenders are powered by a 3.0-liter 48V mild-hybrid inline-six engine with an electric supercharger and twin-scroll turbocharger. It’s good for a whopping 400 PS and a stump-pulling 550 Nm of torque, making this the most powerful Defender straight out of the factory. It can even do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6.1 seconds, which is enough to give some sports cars a good scare. The top speed is electronically governed at 208 km/h. Shifting is done via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Why no diesel, you ask? At the moment, plans for it are being discussed and will depend on local market demand. As for the three-door body, known as the Defender 90, that will come at a later date. However, Land Rover Philippines did say that it will be priced lower than the five-door 110 variant, which you can order now.
If you sign up for one, expect it to arrive by the second quarter of 2020, meaning you can pick it up at the showroom somewhere between April to June. If you asked for the three-door, that will reach us by the third quarter, which is around July to September. The packages available on the five-door 110 will also be available on the three-door 90.
Why the wait? That’s because the mass-production of the SUV will start in January next year. With thousands of pre-orders worldwide, the plant will have their hands full. That said, Land Rover Philippines says it will be worth the wait.
Pre-order prices for the Defender 110 are as follows:
Defender S: Php 6,090,000
Defender Urban: Php 6,210,000
Defender Country: Php 6,260,000
Defender Adventure: Php 6,340,000
Defender Explorer: Php 6,510,000
Defender First Edition: Php 9,290,000