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2023 Land Rover Defender 80

2023 Land Rover Defender 80

2023 Land Rover Defender 80

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 - There have been a variety of claims on what Land Rover would use as a foundation for their upcoming model, with some stating that it will utilize a scaled-down version of the Defender 90 platform, while others indicate that it will use the Tata Harrier as its foundation. This second option makes financial sense, given that Land Rover's Indian parent firm will be able to make use of an existing platform and so reduce the amount of money spent on the construction of the new vehicle.

However, given Land Rover's luxury image, utilizing a smaller version of the present Defender's foundations would result in a completed product that is more polished and more in line with the reputation of the brand. This would be more in keeping with the Land Rover brand.

Regardless of which chassis this new model rides on, there is a distinct possibility that Land Rover may remove one of the brand's most recognizable characteristics: four-wheel drive. Although it is still very much just a rumor at this time, it is expected that the Defender 80 would debut, at the very least initially, as a front-wheel-drive variant. Switching to a two-wheel drive system would reduce the overall complexity and weight of the vehicle, making it possible for Land Rover to produce a model that is more accessible financially to the city-dwelling consumers it seeks to attract.

However, die-hard Land Rover fans do not need to worry that the company is entirely abandoning its heritage because four-wheel drive is almost certainly going to be an option if it isn't already standard.

It is anticipated that the 'Ingenium' family of engines, which is used in the vast majority of Land Rovers produced today, will provide the motivation for this new vehicle. Given the limited space available, the relatively recent plug-in hybrid with three cylinders and 1.5 liters of displacement seems to be the most viable choice.

This gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle's internal combustion engine is capable of producing either 118 kW or 147 kW of power, depending on the tuning, while the electric motor has a performance capacity of 80 kW. Since it is now offered in Land Rover's two most compact vehicles, the Range Rover Evoque and the Discovery Sport, there is a very good chance that it will be incorporated into the Defender 80.

The bigger 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium motors are also an option. These motors are available in a variety of states of tune, ranging in power output from 147 kW for a version with a single turbo to 297 kW for a version with twin turbos and a hybrid drivetrain in the Defender 110 P400e.

Due to the fact that the company is now working on a comprehensive revamp and an extension of its product range, the precise release date of the new "Baby Defender" has not yet been determined. Following the introduction of the all-new Range Rover in 2021, the focus has shifted to the next generation of the Range Rover Sport, which is anticipated to enter the market in the year 2023.

A fully electric version of the Range Rover is scheduled to hit the market in 2024, while the much anticipated "Road Rover" is expected to be on sale in 2025.

Consequently, what does this mean for the Defender 80? Well, the first reports that came in back in 2020 indicated that everything was on track for its arrival in 2023. It's possible that the pandemic and our concentration on other models will put that back by a year or two, but be assured that this new member of the family will be joining us sooner rather than later.