Land Rover Defender driven full road test car review – BBC Top Gear – BBC Top Gear

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Well, that was quick. two months ago, Land unveiled the DC100. a concept it said, previewed the next of eco-aware, modern Defender.

And now it is: a shiny new Defender, closely by a press release bearing foreign words like ‘efficient’ and ‘diesel particulate A rapid turnaround indeed.

Actually, it isn’t. As you have no spotted with the aid of your this is not an all-new Defender.

is a very gentle revision of the original Defender, lightly and treated to a DPF see it through the new Euro V regulations. The old 2.4-litre diesel has downsized to 2.2 litres, with and torque staying unchanged at and a bovine 360NM. CO2 emissions are (to a still-less-than-saintly 295g/km for the longer-wheelbase and economy is up.

Fear not. Despite dangerous talk of efficiency, the Defender hasn’t turned a prim, moisturised, modern OK, there’s a new acoustic engine to reduce noise, but beyond this is the trad Defender: suspension, ladder chassis, position straight out the 1950s.

the new engine is a huge improvement on the old doing its work far more and chuntering quietly rather bellowing throughout the cabin, still a hairy old thing by the of modern turbodiesels. This is an more suited to hauling a from a bog than hauling the M6, a car that regards ‘Noise, and Harshness’ as goals rather flaws.

Euro V compliant it may be, but most still view the Defender as an in a world of monocoques and turbocharging and the to have a conversation with front seat passenger travelling at 60mph. Let them. is still an extraordinary machine truly staggering off-road despite submerging our Defender up to its in a muddy river, it continued to cheerily along.

What else, bar perhaps a could do that?

For the vast, majority of the world, a car’s to conquer a Himalaya probably some way below, say, a circle tight enough to you to negotiate mini-roundabouts. And, not a crumple zone in sight, best not to consider what’d to a Defender in the event of a fast with something large and a wall, say, or a Scotsman.

But for those who require a mechanical of burden, there’s little to the old Defender. These tweaks may not it into a faddish 21st SUV, but they’re enough to the Defender to survive until when, even the most Land Rover sources it will … – replaced by something much to the DC100 than this masterpiece. This is the end of the line.

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