Introducing the new and cleaner than ever Defender for 2012
As all Defender owners and Land Rover fans will know, the Defender is practically synonymous with superior off-road capability. When the 2007 Defender was introduced, it brought with it transformed on-road refinement and improved levels of comfort. The brand new 2012 Defender will bring even more improvements to this already legendary Land Rover model.
First of all, the 2012 Defender sports a smaller, cleaner diesel engine. A new EU5 2.2-litre diesel engine will replace the EU4 2.4-litre diesel engine, bringing greater levels of performance and refinement to the new model. In EU5 markets, the new engine comes with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to ensure the lowest possible levels of regulated emissions. This is thanks to an improved combustion system and sophisticated engine management system.
However, this smaller capacity, more environmentally friendly engine carries no compromise in terms of power, torque and economy, all of which remain the same as the outgoing 2.4-litre engine. The performance remains similar too, except the top speed has been raised from 82mph in the previous version to 90mph. The 12MY has also retained the GFT MT 82 six-speed gearbox, which Defender drivers will know has excellent ratio spread, high top gear for cruising and enhanced low-speed crawl capability.
Alongside these impressive enhancements are two new option packs which allow for much greater customisation than ever before. The option packs available are the ‘Comfort Pack’ and the ‘Off-Road Pack’, each of which caters to different needs. Thanks to your feedback, the model also comes with the option of a plain black Pick Up hood, a plain beige hood and tinted glass on all models.
The 2012 Defender is available from £20,995 on the road and will be on-sale in the UK from November 2011. For more information or to arrange a test-drive please visit your Local Land Rover dealership or click here. Let us know what you think of the new Defender either on our Facebook page or via Twitter using the #Defender hashtag.