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News Defender Plugs-In, Gains PHEV Model, Keeps Low Range

Defender Plugs-In, Gains PHEV Model, Keeps Low Range

Defender goes green, adds PHEV for silent off-roading

  • 43 km EV range, Defender off-road capability

  • 398 hp, less than four litres per hundred


Land Rover has just announced company for the Jeep Wrangler 4Xe on the electric off-road trails. The Defender is getting a PHEV model for the first time, boasting 398 hp, 43 km of range, and loads of torque thanks to the powerful electric motors.

The Land Rover Defender PHEV model, badged P400e, pairs a 2.0L four with a 141 hp electric motor. That’s enough for the 398 hp along with what Land Rover calls “substantial torque.” Important in Europe on the spec sheet (though important everywhere for the planet), the emissions rating is just 74 g/km of CO2 and while it has a 43 km range, combined fuel economy is 3.3 L/100 km (WLTP), making this the defender of your pocketbook.

If you’re wondering what torque figure qualifies as substantial, Land Rover says it’s 472 lb-ft of grunt. The Defender has a 19.2 kWh battery mounted behind the rear axle, able to charge at 7kW at home on a wall box giving it an 80 percent charge in two hours, or via standard plug in seven. 0-100 km/h happens in 5.6 seconds.

All P400e models will get 20-inch alloys, air suspension, and will offer five or six seats. The PHEV powertrain will still offer high and low range off-roading, even in EV mode, making it one of the most capable plug-in vehicles on the market.

Also important for Defender buyers is towing, and the PHEV can drag 3,000 kg along behind with a roof load of up to 300 kg.

A new inline-six diesel will also be available badged D300, and the three-door Defender 90 is finally arriving. Despite the smaller wheelbase, this Defender can still seat up to six with the optional front jump seat.

 

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