This is a magnificent set comprising the launch models of each of the new Land Rover Defenders.
Land Rover’s new Defenders were launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019 and are being made in the company’s plant in Slovakia, although the vehicle has been designed by Jaguar Land Rover’s UK designer, Gerry McGovern. The new Defender has been engineered to comply with global car regulations and the car shares no component or technology with previous Defender models. It features permanent all-wheel drive, locking differentials and a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The new models also have an aluminium unibody instead of a body-on-frame construction.
The first of our three piece set comprises the New Defender 90 (76ND90001), a replica of the three-door, short wheelbase model which in real life comes with a slightly lower specification than its two new stable mates, although it has a maximum speed of 109 mph, acceleration of 0-60 in 9.6 seconds with the initial choice of a 196 bhp 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a fuel consumption of 32.2 mpg. A petrol hybrid engine is also an option. Our 1:76 scale Oxford model is decorated in Pangea Green, registered PBS 534. It features a high gloss white roof and black interior. Trim is finished in both black and silver and a spare wheel is fixed across the rear door. The front grille is black with silver lower section whist the silver lower rear panel houses the rear number plate.
The second model in the set is the New Defender 110 Explorer (76ND110001) faithfully reproduced in Indus Silver, registered VCP 503. It is a replica of the new Defender 110 with a special Explorer Pack of accessories, one of four accessory packs called Explorer, Adventure, Urban and Country. With the same long wheelbase as the basic new 110, the Explorer features a matt black bonnet detail with the 110 brand printed on it. The Explorer Pack includes an exterior side-mounted gear carrier; an expedition roof rack; raised air intakes for protecting the engine when driving under dusty or sandy conditions; wheel arch protectors made of durable high quality composite material, offering protection for the wheels when driving in hazardous off-road conditions; and a stylish rear-mounted spare wheel cover bearing the Defender name. All these exterior details are incorporated in our1:76 scale model.
Rounding off the set is the New Land Rover Defender 110X (76ND110X001) which in real life Land Rover based on the 110 but with extras! The 5-door Defender 110 has a long-wheelbase of 119.0 inches. It will also feature air suspension as standard. Also coming as standard on the life-size model are such things as darkened rear lights, leather heated front seats, walnut veneered dashboard, heated rear seats, a top of the range sound system and 4-way manual headrests. And it features a fuel tank capacity of nearly 84 litres, acceleration of 0-60 in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 129mph.
The trim levels are defined by the suffix to the model – Standard, S, SE, HSE and X. Our Oxford replica of the Defender 110 is based on the X trim level. Registered 103 NBG, it is decorated in Godwana Stone, a gold beige body colour with black roof and bonnet and authentic 20” 5-spoked satin dark grey ‘steel’ wheels. The interior is also black. The 110X features a ‘sliding’ sunroof, too. This prestigious set would make a great gift with a difference for any enthusiast of the Land Rover marque.