Land Rover has updated its latest P400e, which is the fastest Defender and half a second quicker than the mild-hybrid six-cylinder P400.
Now is the time to embrace the electric life on the road as Land Rover just dropped a four-cylinder diesel variant in favor of a hybrid-powered Defender.
The upcoming Defender will feature an upgrade in its specs, color, and tech along with a new engine. The new engine here is the plug-in hybrid, consisting of a 2.0-liter petrol engine combined with a 105kW electric motor. Known as the P400e, it’s also the fastest Defender yet, as it takes only 5.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. Additionally, it’s almost half a second faster than the six-cylinder mild-hybrid variant, which takes about 6.1 seconds to reach the same mark.
The P400e can cover a distance of almost 27 miles without the internal combustion engine’s help and claims a satisfying 85.3 mpg and 74 g/km of CO2. To achieve such a feat, it features a heavy 19.2kWh battery pack, taking only half an hour to charge up to 80 percent when using a 50kW rapid charger.
Although a newer approach from the manufacturer, the PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) does have its fair share of shortcomings. For instance, the SUV cannot be opted in a seven-seater version and has a towing capacity of only 3000kg, which is significantly lower than the standard model at 3500kg. Besides, the Defender hybrid loses about 150 liters of boot space and is quite heavy too.
While explaining the inherent limitations of the upcoming Defender, the company promised that the P400e doesn’t compromise in terms of performance and is still a dependable off-roader with an impressive ground clearance of 900mm.
As mentioned earlier, the four-cylinder variant of the Defender series, which had traditionally made up for most of the Defender range, has now been scrapped and has been declared defunct. It will now be replaced by a six-cylinder diesel variant which employs mild-hybrid tech.
This diesel version will be available in three variants, namely the D200 (197bhp and 369lb-ft), the D250 (246bhp and 443lb-ft), and the top-of-the-line D300 (296bhp and 479lb-ft).
Though Land Rover’s latest SUV does not appear overwhelming at first, the company surely has good plans in place. It has now switched to a hybrid model keeping in mind how its competitors are shaping up their business for the time to come.