Land Rover Defender arrived in the Indian market back in October 2020. At the time of the launch, only a 2.0-litre petrol engine option was available. Now, the iconic British manufacturer has added a diesel engine to the Defender range in India. Both 90 (three-door) and the 110 (five-door) variants will come with a diesel engine apart from the existing petrol powertrain. Land Rover Defender diesel 90 range price starts from Rs 94.36 Lakhs (ex-showroom, India) while the 110 lineup has been priced in the bracket of Rs 97.03 lakhs to Rs 1.08 crore (ex-showroom, India). There is a huge price difference between petrol and diesel models in the region of Rs 10.46-14.46 lakhs.
As expected, the Defender diesel variants remain the same as the petrol-powered ones. All models retail with the same features, equipment and design elements as before. Buyers can look forward to LED headlamps & tail lamps, LED DRLs, powered ORVMs and rain-sensing wipers amongst others. Also, the Defender 110 comes with a 5+2 seating configuration with an optional front row centre seat. Further, the boot space is 231 litres which can be increased to massive 2380 litres by folding the second-row seats.
In the interior, the cabin boasts of a 10-inch Pivi Pro infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, three-zone climate control, 12.3-inch high-definition Interactive Driver Display & heated and cooled front seats. Other advanced technological features are Electronic Air Suspension, Terrain Response & Terrain Response 2, ClearSight Rear Mirror and 3D Surround Camera system. There is an optional Meridian Surround Sound System (700 W) on offer, it includes 14 speakers and a dual-channel subwoofer.
Land Rover Defender diesel is powered by a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit. The SUV belts out 298bhp of maximum power output at 4000rpm and 650Nm of peak torque between 1500 - 2500rpm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to the British brand, the Defender 90 diesel variant can go from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.7 seconds. On the other hand, the Defender 110 diesel variants accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 7 seconds. Both the Defender 90 and 110 diesel models top speed is electronically limited to 191 kmph.