The reappearance of the new Defender is a big hit. The British carmaker fulfilled expectations. Three different versions are available and the manufacturer might add another one. The 2024 Land Rover Defender lineup will have 80, 90, 110 and 130 badges. The Defender 80 will be a mini-SUV, slotted under a two-door Defender 90. The 110 version is a four-door SUV and the 130 is a seven-seater.
Besides the size of the cabin and wheelbase, you can also select a trim level and engine. S, SE, X-Dynamic, X, Carpathian Edition, and V8 are the options, depending on the model you pick. Then, the engine lineup looks like this: 2.0 turbo-four, 3.0 I6 hybrid, 5.0 supercharged V8 (P300, P400 and V8 badges). So, there are 20 basic configurations the JLR is going to offer, and the 2024 Land Rover Defender 80 brings another dose of packages, which could be significantly different from others.
Engines and Specs
Even a two-door SUV is coming with three setups. The base one is using a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The P300 is the configuration for S and SE grades. The gas mileage is pretty poor, but you don’t expect the Land Rover to be efficient. Engineers make it up for 18/21 mpg with an exceptional on and off-road performance.
The P400 model indicates how many horsepower approximately the system is delivering. Defender combines a 3.0-liter I6 engine with a mild-hybrid setup for 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Interesting, it is an exclusive engine for the Defender 130 three-row version. The gas mileage is not too far away from the four-banger with 17/22 mpg. All-wheel drive is standard all across every Defender.
The best performance is coming from an SUV equipped with a V8 engine. It is a 5.0-liter displacement that cracks 518 horsepower. Properly equipped, the Defender V8 can sprint 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The price you pay is poor fuel economy. It drops to 14/19 mpg. Also, the MSRP won’t be under $108,000, and that is the price tag for a two-door version.
Grades and Equipment
Since we analyzed engines, we can go through the trim levels the 2024 Land Rover Defender is going to offer. The entry model doesn’t come with an impressive list of equipment. There are 18-inch wheels, but steel ones, roof rails, heated mirrors with power folding, dual-zone climate control, and cloth upholstery. The company replaced an 11-inch screen with a 10.25-inch display after the First Edition. A couple of USB ports and a six-speaker sound system complete the offer. Meanwhile, the safety bundle is pretty packed. Traffic sign recognition is an advanced option on most rivals, while the water depth sensor is something special.
The Defender S upgrades the SUV with larger wheels, automatic high beams, leather seats, a power-adjustable front row, and premium Meridian audio. The SE uses 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, foglights, and cooling for front seats. Meridian adds extra speakers. The X-Dynamic is an upgrade for the SE model. It adds unique accents and synthetic leather with special themes for the interior.
Defender X could be considered the premium version. Adaptive air suspension is going to make a ride more comfortable. Plus, there is the Terrain Response system. Leather upholstery, a larger screen, and enhanced safety are enough to slap the $88,500 price on the two-door version, or $2,500 higher if you want a four-door model. The main upgrade for the V8 models is an engine. But, this top-of-the-range edition also comes with huge 22-inch wheels, a tow-hitch receiver, 3-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, a windshield and washer jets.
New 2024 Land Rover Defender 80
Every fan is waiting for the update about the new version. The 2024 Land Rover Defender will be a rival to the Ford Bronco Sport. Still, the JLR is a premium carmaker, so everything will be at a higher level. Experts assume that the Defender 80 is going to share the platform with the Tata Harrier, an SUV for the Asian market.
A 2.0-liter engine will be under the hood, but the carmaker could downpower it to 250 hp. Plus, some say that a turbocharged three-cylinder plant is an option. Furthermore, hybrid is another realistic possibility, while the EV is coming for sure, but not in 2024.
2024 Land Rover Defender Prices
The base price for the 2024 Land Rover Defender is $53,500. You are getting the Defender 110 4-door SUV. A two-door is more expensive. A six-pot engine increases the price by at least $16,000. Of course, there are other upgrades that make it a $70k vehicle. Of course, a V8 costs the most. You can easily reach $120,000 with a few upgrades. The estimated MSRP for the Defender 80 is $35,000. Of course, higher trim levels will make it at least 50 percent more expensive.