The most iconic of Land Rover models, the Defender 90, is making a return to Australia. Since its last appearance downunder the Defender 90 has received a host of major upgrades which have resulted in greater on-road and off-road ability, as well as increased comfort, performance and refinement. The 2.4-litre CRD (common rail diesel) engine offers increased torque and improved drivability over the previous engine. The manual six-speed gearbox provides a lower first gear ratio, for better off-road control, and a high sixth gear for improved cruising refinement. The inside of the vehicle features a new fascia and a high-output heating, ventilation and airconditioning system. New seating also improves comfort.
The award for Australia’s 'Best All-Terrain 4x4' has been awarded to the Land Rover Discovery 4SE TDV6. This means it has become the most successful winner, picking up its fifth consecutive award in the 'best all terrain four-wheel-drive' category. Australia’s Best Cars is an independent awards programme conducted by the Australian Automobile Association and constituent motoring clubs. More than 280 vehicles across 12 categories were assessed throughout the year before the category winners were named.
The Land Rover LRX is based on the Freelander 2 platform and will become the smallest model in the British company’s lineup. The LRX concept made its official debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show and it was shown in Melbourne that same year. Insiders say Land Rover will use the 40th anniversary of the launch of the brand’s original Range Rover model to debut the LRX. The LRX was partially funded by the British government which gave the company a £27 million (AUD $48 million) grant and Tata, Land Rover's parent company. Speculation abounds that the LRX range will also include a hybrid variant.