Land Rover Defender 90 makes India debut, priced at Rs 76.57 lakh
The three-door Land Rover Defender 90 has finally made its way onto Indian shores, just two days after the updated Range Rover Evoque was launched. The larger, five-door Defender 110 has been on sale in India since 2020 which we have already driven, so let’s jump to what the Land Rover Defender 90 offers.
Exterior and Model types
The Land Rover Defender 90 is a three-door SUV and where it loses out on some practicality, it scores back in the looks department! Like the larger Defender 110, the overhangs are short, it’s almost devoid of any curves and it stays true to the Land Rover DNA of old-school boxy SUVs. The Defender 90 is available in various models such as the basic Defender with steel rims, the Defender X-Dynamic, and the Defender X. The Defender and the X-Dynamic will be available in S, SE and HSE variants, while four accessory packs are also available for further personalization. Tyre sizes available on the Defender 90 range from 18-inch steelies 19- and 20-inch alloys.
Equipment and Interiors
While the Defender is a rugged SUV, it also packs a lot of kit., For starters, there’s the (optional) air suspension, Terrain Response modes, Electronic Active Differential, 3D Surround Camera, and Wade Sensing technology which will alert you when water levels are near the 900mm wading limit of the vehicle.
In addition, you also get to choose between a standard six-speaker sound system, and a 10-speaker Meridian surround sound system. It also gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that runs the latest Pivi Pro software and is of course compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. There are also Matrix LED headlights on offer as well as Clearsight IRVMs.
The Defender 90, despite being a three-door, can seat up to six people, depending on the seating configuration chosen.
Engine and Powertrain
Unlike the Defender 110 which was available with a sole 2-litre petrol on launch, the Land Rover Defender 90 is available with three engine options. A 2-litre petrol which produces 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, a 3-litre petrol churning out 394bhp and 550Nm of torque, and lastly a 3-litre diesel putting out 296bhp and 650Nm of torque.