While there is no word on the deliveries of the Land Rover Defender 90, the manufacturer has listed the Defender in diesel guise on its official India website, hinting at its launch in the coming month.
Land Rover Defender made its India Debut in October 2020 but only in the petrol variant. The diesel variant was saved for later, and people at Land Rover India have decided to tease the Indian buyers by listing it on the Indian website. The launch of the diesel Land Rover Defender could be expected soon after the delivery of the Defender 90 petrol commences. Both body style variants – the short wheelbase, three-door version Defender 90 and the long-wheelbase, five-door version Defender 110 – will be offered with the diesel engine, along with the petrol one.
Both Defender 90 and Defender 110 will get a 3.0-litre diesel engine, which produces 296bhp at 4,000rpm and 650Nm from 1,500 to 2,500rpm. While the power output is the same as the petrol one, the diesel Defender produces 250Nm more than the petrol-powered Defender. The gearbox on offer is an 8-speed automatic coupled with a 4x4 transfer box, which sends the power to all four wheels. The Defender 90, however, is the faster one to sprint to the 100km/h mark (in 6.7 seconds) as opposed to the Defender 110, which does the same 0 – 100kmph sprint in 7 seconds. Both Defenders have a top speed of 191kmph.
While the petrol variant gets five trims to choose from, the diesel Defender is offered in just four variants – SE, HSE, X-Dynamic, and Defender X. The First Edition trim level is exclusive to the petrol variant for now. The feature list is similar to the one already seen in the petrol variant. Features like hill descent control, hill launch control, electronic stability programme, and terrain response system have been carried over to the diesel variant. The mechanicals, such as electronic differential working in tandem with torque vectoring by braking, have been carried over as well.
While the SUV is focused mainly on off-roading, the Defender packs creature comforts as well. A heated steering wheel and 14-way adjustable driver seat are on offer along with optional three-zone climate control.