The all-new Land Rover Defender is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated models to arrive in the Philippines. As early as December 2019, All British Cars, the exclusive distributor of Jaguar-Land Rover, has been accepting pre-orders for the new generation of the famed SUV. Those who pre-ordered could even spec and customize it to their liking.
It didn’t take long though before all of the pre-order slots were filled. Now, it seems the first batch of Defenders has already arrived and we got to have an early preview.
This specific Defender 110 we saw is equipped with the Explorer pack. Compared to the entry-level Defender 110 S, it comes with a host of features to make it look even readier for the trail. It is equipped with extended wheel arches, mud flaps, a matte black bonnet decal, side-mounted gear carrier, raised air intake (not yet installed in photo), spare wheel cover, a deployable step ladder (also not installed yet), and a big roof rack to name a few.
Needless to say, this specific model is ready to take on the mountain trail out of the box. Under the hood sits a 3.0-liter 48V mild-hybrid inline-six engine with an electric supercharger and twin-scroll turbocharger. It produces 400 PS and 550 Nm of torque, making this the most powerful Defender straight out of the factory. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. According to Land Rover, it can sprint 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 6.1 seconds.
For those wondering, a diesel option will not be offered locally. Instead, the mild-hybrid engine detailed above will be the sole powertrain available locally. As for the 3-door variant, it will be available at a later date.
Before you head to the Land Rover showroom to see it in person, do note that the Defender has not yet been officially launched. As such, it might not be there when you drop by. You won’t have to wait too long though. The 2021 Defender will make its official Philippine debut on August 1.
Wondering how much it now costs? The price for the 2021 Defender 110 are as follows:
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