A new EU5 2.2-litre diesel engine replaces the EU4 2.4-litre diesel for 2011, bringing new levels of performance and refinement to the Defender for 2012. The smaller capacity engine delivers the same power, torque and economy as the 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.
Following a major upgrade in 2007 which included a new facia and six-speed manual transmission, the Defender’s specification has been further improved for 2012. In addition to the existing ‘S’ and ‘SE’ trim levels, there are five new option packs, to offer more bespoke combinations including, for the first time, part leather seats and leather steering wheel across the model range. New alloy wheels and ventilated discs are fitted on all variants and a number of detail improvements are being made to the interior. Three speed-limiting options will also be offered to fleet users wanting to gain more effective control of fuel costs.
'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 five option packs, the Defender for 2012 now offers greater customer choice than ever before,' said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
The Defender’s unique vehicle architecture has been retained for 2012. The chassis frame is available in three different wheelbases and in both standard and heavy-duty guise (for even greater load-bearing capabilities). A total of 14 separate body styles – from pick-ups and soft-tops to crew cabs and station wagons – are produced on the mainstream production line. Beyond this, Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team offer a range of products from standard drop-side or box-body conversions to bespoke design and build adaptations into ambulances, mobile hydraulic platforms and even airport fire tenders – all of which are covered by Land Rover’s extensive warranty.