It’s official, the 2022 Land Rover Defender will be available with a supercharged V8 engine.
V8 power will be available in both the Defender 90 and Defender 110, priced from $200,450 and $205,500 plus on-road costs, respectively.
The supercharged V8 is the brand’s 5.0-litre unit which produces 386kW of power and 625Nm of torque. It’s matched to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
In terms of performance, the Defender 90 will hit 100km/h in 5.2 seconds, while the 110 can hit triple figures in 5.4 seconds. Both variants top out at 240km/h.
The Defender V8 also gets larger-diameter and solid anti-roll bars that help reduce body roll in extreme cornering, while the unique electronic active rear differential keeps things tight when the limit of grip is exceeded.
There’s also a new Dynamic program in the Terrain Response 2 system that provides a sharper throttle response and continuously variable dampers with stiffer bushes to deliver a sportier drive.
Externally, the Defender V8 is differentiated by unique badging, quad exhausts with distinctive tailpipes, bespoke 22-inch alloy wheels finished in Satin Dark Grey and Xenon Blue front brake calipers that clamp 20-inch brake discs.
Buyers have a choice of three colours – Carpathian Grey, Yulong White and Santorini Black – all with a contrast roof in Narvik Black.
On the inside, the seats are trimmed in unique Ebony Windsor Leather with Miko Suedecloth and Robustec accents, a cross beam finished in satin black, a four-spoke steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and illuminated treadplates with a V8 script.
As part of the 2022 Defender range, the First Edition has been replaced with the XS Edition which’s also available in 90 and 110 body styles.
Slotting above the SE grade, the XS Edition is exclusively powered by the P400 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six with 48V mild-hybrid technology developing 294kW and 550Nm.
The XS Edition features body-coloured cladding, 20-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels finished in Satin Grey, 12-way heated and electric memory seats, Grained Leather trim, a brushed light grey cross beam and illuminated metal treadplates.
Further equipment highlights include Electronic Air Suspension, Adaptive Dynamics and Configurable Terrain Response, Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL, ClearSight rear-view mirror, a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, and an 11.4-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system.
The wider Defender range has been revised, the SE D300, HSE P400 and X D300 in the 90 line have been axed, while the S P300 is dropped from the 110 portfolio. 110 HSE D300 and HSE P400 have been replaced with X-Dynamic HSE versions.
Land Rover says the updated 2022 Defender range will be available in July of this year.
2022 Land Rover Defender pricing (excludes on-road costs):
Defender 90
90 P300 – $74,640
90 D200 – $81,290
90 D250 S – $90,450
90 P300 S – $83,470
90 P400 SE – $100,450
90 P400 XS Edition – $110,640 (new)
90 P400 X – $141,480
90 P525 V8 – $200,540 (new)
Defender 110
110 P300 – $76,960
110 D250 – $82,590
110 D250 S – $91,220
110 P400 S – $92,360
110 D300 SE – $ 96,780
110 P400 SE – $103,800
110 P400 XS Edition – $113,580 (new)
110 D300 X-Dynamic HSE – $113,980
110 P400 X-Dynamic HSE – $120,480
110 D300 X – $143,190
110 P400 X – $145,290
110 P525 V8 – $205,500 (new)
2022 Land Rover Defender equipment highlights:
The base Defender includes
10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen system
Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and DAB digital radio
Terrain Response
Keyless entry and start
LED headlights
Tyre-pressure monitoring
Hill descent control
Hill launch assist
Automatic headlights
Rain-sensing wipers
Dual-zone climate control
Partial leather upholstery
Eight-way partially powered front seats
Rubber cabin and boot flooring
Electric parking brake
Heated electric side mirrors with auto-dimming and approach lights
18-inch alloy wheels
Full-size spare wheel
Autonomous emergency braking
Blind-spot monitoring
Lane-keeping assist
Rear cross-traffic alert
Adaptive cruise control
Driver attention monitoring
Surround-view camera
Front and rear parking sensors
Safe exit alert
Traffic sign recognition
Defender S adds
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
Automatic high beam
Digital instrument cluster
12-way partially powered front seats
19-inch alloy wheels
Folding rear centre armrest
Interactive Driver Display
Defender SE adds
Front fog lights
Premium LED headlights with signature daytime-running lights
12-way power front seats with memory
11-speaker Meridian sound system
ClearSight digital rear-view mirror
20-inch alloy wheels
Electrically-adjustable steering column
Defender XS Edition adds
12-way heated power-adjustable front seats with memory
Matrix LED headlights with signature daytime running lights
Body-coloured cladding and wheel arches
Unique 20-inch alloy wheels
Defender HSE adds
Windsor leather upholstery
Panoramic roof
20-inch alloy wheels in gloss Dark Grey
14-way heated and cooled front seats with memory
Carpet mats
Full leather steering wheel
Extended leather interior
Defender X adds
All-Terrain Progress Control
Electronic Active Differential with torque vectoring via braking
X Exterior Pack
Black exposed rear recovery hooks
Darkened tail lights
20-inch Satin Dark Grey alloys
14-way heated and cooled front seats with memory
Heated rear seats
Rough-cut Walnut wood veneer
Illuminated treadplates
Extended leather interior
Ebony Morzine headliner
Bright metal pedals
10-colour ambient lighting
15-speaker Meridian Surround Sound System
Head-up display
Defender V8 adds
22-inch alloy wheels
Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel
Suede interior accents
Quad exhaust
Xenon Blue front brake calipers
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