RAY MASSEY: Land Rover’s new £40,000 Defender 4X4 is a 21st-century incarnation of the original
Land Rover’s new Defender 4X4 made a dramatic entrance at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show — driven down a steeply inclined off-road ramp by British mountaineer Kenton Cool.
It’s a 21st-century incarnation of the original and iconic 71-year-old Defender 4X4 — loved by the Queen and millions of commoners alike.
It stole the show. But will it steal your heart like its predecessor?
The new Defender is built to be tough enough to tackle any adventure from the school run to the Serengeti. And for family takeaways there are even six ‘curry hooks’.
Land Rover’s Defender 4X4 made a dramatic entrance at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show
It is the modern-day successor to the rufty-tufty 1948 Solihull-built Land Rover. There are two main versions at launch — the three-door Defender 90 priced from £40,000, and the five-door 110 — from £45,240 up to £78,000 for the top-spec Defender X.
A smart ‘van’ version for rescue organisations such as the Red Cross will follow from £35,000 plus VAT. Although it’s been designed and engineered in Britain, the Defender will be built in Slovakia.
Some fans have complained the new version is too expensive and not sufficiently ‘basic’.
The previous ageing Defender had to end production in 2016 because it was too costly to almost hand-build, couldn’t keep up with safety and emissions legislation, ..