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2020 Land Rover: Going too far on going anywhere, perhaps?

  • Choice of five, six or 5+2 seating
  • Lots of personalisation in the catalogue
  • Three engine options, six specification packs

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The latest Land Rover Discover and Defender have reached South African showrooms on a wave of advertising that describes them as the most capable yet and completing the expected catalogue.

They also inherit the previous model’s naming conventions – the 110 is the first to arrive; later will come the shorter-wheelbase Defender 90 – each number representing the length of the vehicles in inches.

ddddd: Image: Supplied

The Defender 110 offers five, six or 5+2 seating and a load volume ranging from 1075 litres behind the second row to 2380 litres with seats folded. The 90 will have seating for six and is expected to reach South Africa in early 2021.


At first to reach our shores are the 110: a flagship three-litre, straight six P400 with ”mild” hybrid ability and delivering 294kW/550Nm.

The alternatives are two two-litre units with a turbocharged petrol offering 221kW/400Nm, and a D240 twin-turbo diesel capable of 177kW/430Nm.

There are, for now, four specification packs: Defender, Defender S, Defender SE and Defender HSE.


Each has permanent all-wheel drive and a high- and low-range transfer box, air suspension, diode headlights, satnav, external cameras, with a 25cm monitor, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Smartphone packs*.

The S adds 12-way adjustable front seats (was eight), information display, self-levelling headllights and leather upholstery.

The SE adds remote door-opening, lower steering-wheel adjustment, 400W 10-speaker audio and the HSE brings a sliding roof, and heatable/coolable leather-clad upholstery,

AUTOMATIC WADING CONTROL: Have the latest Land Rovers gone too far with computers? Image: Supplied

At the top is the Defender X, based on an HSE but adding a black contrast roof and bonnet, chromed accents, orange brake callipers, rear recovery towing eyes, a Meridian audio system, leather upholstery and an advanced drive train.

A Defender 110 First Edition, available through the first year of production and based on the SE will be listed with First Edition badging, illuminated tread plates, 20” wheel rims, a glass roof, leather upholstery, a refrigerated centre console, and three body colours: silver, stone or green.

HIGH TECH AND COMPUTERS: Will all this take the fun and skill out of off-roading? The Corner wonders? Image: Supplied

Customers can also personalise their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover with four accessory packs: Explorer, Adventure, Country, Urban. Ask your dealer for details but each adds deployable side steps, roof ladders, front A-frame protection bars, floor and boot mats, and further wheel-rim options.

READ MORE Land Rover features on Carman’s Corner

New Defender is as technologically advanced as it is durable. It introduces Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation Pivi Pro infotainment system with a more intuitive and user-friendly touchscreen, requiring fewer inputs to perform frequently used tasks. Its always-on design guarantees almost instant responses.


Permanent all-wheel drive and a low-/high-range automatic gearbox, centre differential and (optional) lockable rear differential will, Land Rover assures, ”will tackle the harshest conditions in Africa”. (Which, The Corner would point out, will probably still depend on the skill of the driver).


Inexperienced drivers can leave the Landys’electronics to do the job which, The Corner suggests, defeats the whole point of going off-tar. All of it called ”intelligent”, which doesn’t say much for the driver… Anyway…

”World-class” off-road geometry offers ground clearance of up to 291mm and maximum suspension articulation of 500mm. The Defender 110’s approach, breakover and departure angles are 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (when set to ‘Off Road’.

Air suspension provides an off-road ride height lift of 75mm and with a maximum suspension articulation of 500mm, the Defender can tackle 45-degree side slopes and inclines of 45 degrees with customary composure. A maximum wading depth of 900mm is supported by more electronics.

Land Rover, wrapping up, says the Defender ”raises the bar for off-road ruggedness and on-road comfort and can traverse the toughest mountain passes”, adding ”its carefully-honed handling delivers both a rewarding drive and first-class long-haul comfort”.

LEATHER EVERYWHERE: All part of the luxury available in the latest Land Rovers. Image: Supplied

Defender 110 Pricing

Defender 110 177kW D240 – R1 050 100
Defender 110 177kW D240 S – R1 096 100
Defender 110 177kW D240 SE – R1 155 600
Defender 110 177kW D240 HSE – R1 259 800
Defender 110 177kW D240 First Edition – R1 260 600
Defender 110 221kW P300 Standard – R1 050 100
Defender 110 221kW P300 S – R1 096 100
Defender 110 221kW P300 SE – R1 155 600
Defender 110 221kW P300 HSE – R1 259,800
Defender 110 294kW P400 – R1 187 000
Defender 110 294kW P400 S – R1 224,200
Defender 110 294kW P400 SE – R1 286,700
Defender 110 294kW P400 HSE – R1 387 900
Defender 110 294kW P400 First Edition – R1 377 100
Defender 110 294kW P400 X –  R1 574 500
• Including VAT, excluding CO2

For a full list of standard specifications visit

TO THE WOODS, TO THE WOODS! …or anywhere else you might want to go. Image: Supplied



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