Land Rover Defender for 2012
15th August, 2011
A new EU5 2.2 litre diesel engine replaces the EU4 2.4 litre
diesel, bringing greater levels of performance and refinement to the 2012 Land Rover Defender. The smaller
capacity engine delivers the same power, torque and economy as its outgoing unit but makes this the cleanest
Land Rover Defender yet produced. In EU5 markets, the new engine comes with a diesel particulate filter (DPF)
to ensure the lowest possible levels of regulated emissions.
The Defender can trace its roots back to 1948 and during that period Land Rovers have earned a reputation as
the most rugged and versatile off-road vehicles in the world. Since the current model's introduction in 2007,
the Defender has consistently sold an average of 25,000 units a year worldwide. Retail and utility customers,
armed forces and NGOs in over 100 countries believe that the Defender's off-road ability, durability and towing
capability are still head and shoulders above the competition. Such a unique combination of attributes explains
why this legendary vehicle commands such exceptionally high standards of customer loyalty.
"The substantial improvements to the Defender in 2007 transformed its on-road refinement and comfort
whilst extending its legendary capability off-road for which Defender is synonymous. With the introduction of
the new 2.2 litre diesel engine and two option packs, the Defender for 2012 now offers greater customer choice
than ever before," said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
Smaller, cleaner diesel engine for 2012
The new EU5 2.2 litre diesel engine replaces the EU4 2.4 litre diesel while matching it for power, torque
and fuel consumption. A new, full acoustic engine cover replaces the previous splash cover, reducing radiated
engine noise and improving driving refinement. Meeting EU5 regulations, the engine delivers lower levels of the
regulated emissions, NOx, CO and HC thanks to an improved combustion system and sophisticated engine management
system. In EU5 markets, particulate matter has been reduced to EU5 levels with a diesel particulate filter
Despite the smaller capacity and reduced emissions, the new engine produces the same power, 122PS @ 3,500 rpm
and torque of 360 Nm @ 2,000 rpm, as the outgoing 2.4 litre engine. Performance remains similar too, though the
top speed has been raised to 90 mph compared to 82 mph for the previous version. CO2 emissions on the combined
cycle are consistent at 266 g/km for the 90 and 295 g/km for the 110 and 130.
The GFT MT 82 six-speed gearbox has been retained for 2012 with its excellent ratio spread, high top gear for
cruising and enhanced low-speed crawl capability. The lower first gear offers low crawl speed making towing
on-road and off-road much easier. The low-down engine torque also helps in-gear acceleration and the tall sixth
gear ensures excellent real-world cruising, refinement and fuel economy. Ground gears in both the gearbox and
transfer box help contribute to the refinement of the transmission.
Two new option packs
- Comfort Pack - Air conditioning, CD Player with auxiliary input, electric windows and remote central
- Off-Road Pack - ABS, heavy duty rim and MTR tyre, tow ball and under-ride protection bar.
In response to customer feedback, a plain black hood will now be available as an option whilst a plain beige
hood will be introduced for the 110 Double Cab utility. Both options are in addition to existing styles. A
further enhancement for 2012 includes the addition of tinted glass on all models.
The Defender's facia is based on a single, large moulding supported on a robust steel rail to help eliminate
squeaks and rattles. The instruments provide clear, concise information to the driver, and details like all-LED
instrument illumination help ensure high standards of reliability. Versatile stowage shelves are conveniently
located for both the driver and passenger and two console options are available: a practical open-tray design
that keeps contents to hand and a large, lidded design that provides an impressive 14-litres of stowage.
A powerful heating and ventilation system is designed to cope with the most extreme climates and features
aluminium plate and fin heat exchangers to deliver impressive performance.
Tall front seats are designed to improve maximum back support and head restraint ergonomics in the most
demanding driving conditions and there are robust, supportive second row seats too. The 110 Station Wagon and
130 Crew Cab models can comfortably accommodate three occupants on an asymmetrically-split second row seat. A
spring-assisted fold mechanism helps when folding the seats for carrying large or awkward loads.
Defender 90 Station Wagon second row occupants benefit from a pair of individual, full-size, forward-facing
rear seats. Providing excellent comfort levels, these seats are also available as a third row option on the 110
Station Wagon. Accessed either through the rear door or by folding the second row seats, they can be easily
folded and stowed sideways in the load space.
Seat trims include durable all-vinyl and cloth specifications; a half-leather option is also included in the
XS specification available on Station Wagon and 110 Double Cab Pick-Up derivatives to add a touch of luxury to
the cabin. Three-point safety belts are specified for all seating positions.
Defender's unique vehicle architecture has been retained for 2012. The chassis frame is available in three
different wheelbases. A total of 14 separate body styles – from utilities and soft-tops to crew cabs and station
wagons – are produced on the mainstream production line.
Particulars outlined in this story relate to the UK version of the Land Rover Defender, which will be
released across the United Kingdom during November 2011. Australian availability and specifications will be
announced in due course.