Land Rover Defender | Auto Express

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A fresh engine and cabin improvements represent the changes to the legendary Land since its ancient cart were ditched in 1984. The robust powerplant is shared the Ford Transit, and adds a new to the tried and tested formula, more torque and less Interior refinements are long but welcome all the same.

While it won#039;t scare the latest of SUVs when it comes to the changes have provided the with a new lease of life.

It’s the car that started it all for one of the most famous manufacturers. But the legendary Land Rover has evolved constantly since its debut in 1948, even its fans won’t deny it has catching up to do.

And that’s exactly set to happen. After introducing the Rover Sport, revising the Rover and replacing the Freelander, Rover is about to drag the into the 21st century a new model that looks and the same, but features a total of 700

To be honest, most of these aren’t initially obvious, but as you the Defender’s unmistakable silhouette, a of tell-tale clues reveal the effort has gone. Most is the subtle bonnet bulge to accommodate the new 2.4-litre diesel The four-cylinder unit is shared the Ford Transit and replaces the Td5 has powered the Defender since

Another giveaway is the absence of ventilation slats beneath the This apparently minor signifies one of the biggest changes a major redesign of the dash and all the controls.

Climb behind the and the driving position will be to any Land Rover veteran, but the door-top still isn’t to prevent you from bashing elbow. The one-piece facia good, though, and along improved door seals to reduce the amount of noise in the The revised instruments are easier to while in the rear, new forward-facing are adapted from those in the row of the old Discovery to boost passenger

On the road, the gearbox is more than before, despite its throw, and while the new engine’s output only matches of the old Td5, its 360Nm of torque a 20 per cent improvement, which responses. A higher sixth makes motorway cruising quiet, too; the Defender isn’t what you’d refined, but it’s possible to a conversation without the need to voices.

The lower first gear to boost off-road and towing and along with the low-range box, hi-tech luxuries as anti-lock brakes and optional control make for supreme ability. The traditionally short and rear overhangs and wading of 500mm combine to ensure the is an awesome performer in the rough

Few cars give their such an invincible feeling, but the Land Rover continues to go about anywhere you point it. The it now does so more quietly, a modern ventilation system and performance, adds polish to an charming package. Even prices rising £400 on it’s been worth the

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