Land Rover wraps up some of its state-of-the art technology in a nostalgically familiar package. The 2022 Land Rover Defender has many visual ques from its predecessors from more than a half century ago, but don’t let its look fool you. This new Land Rover Defender is more than capable of keeping up and exceeding our modern-day expectations.
What wasn’t offered back in the day was the variety of choices that Land Rover has laid out for the 2022 Defender. Before we explore all the tech that Land Rover has packed into this exciting sport utility vehicle, let’s take a look at the simplicity of its exterior design.
The 2022 Land Rover Defender is offered in both a two-door, the 90 model, and four-door set up, the 110 model. The Defender’s smooth lines and Land Rover-esque boxy features and stout stance exude confidence and class. Land Rover provides what seems like a myriad of choices to personalize the way you want the world to see you. There is an Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban pack, all designed to customize the look and feel of your Defender experience. Each of these options provide specific driving essentials needed to conquer everything from off-road escapades, weekend road trip jaunts, to nights out on the town.
Along with the look and feel, Land Rover offers three engine options, all which include four-wheel drive and locking differentials. They range from conservatively adequate to eye-poppingly powerful. The standard Defender is equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder. Next up is the 3.0-liter inline-six that has an electric supercharger and 48-volt hybrid system. Then for those of us who enjoy a little more punch there is the 518-hp supercharged V-8 that according to Land Rover catapults you to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The fuel economy estimates on the new Defender hover in the 18-mpg range in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
The 2022 Land Rover Defender interior is tough and luxurious. There is a simplicity to the interior that integrates perfectly with the overall design of the Defender. Despite the lack of grandiose interior features, the Defender offers its occupants elegance in more subtle ways. Every component from the seats, steering wheel, to the dashboard and switches is made with quality materials that remind you that this is a Land Rover. There is a new infotainment system hosted on a 10-inch touch screen with the option of a larger one at 11.4-inches. This system provides the driver with a new interface called Pivi Pro. There is, of course, all the expected tech essentials. The short list includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, digital gauge display, heads-up display and a sound system that rocks the house. Cargo space out back is what you would expect from an SUV of this size. Plenty of space for essentials and overnight bags for a quick trip.
If you are in the market for a cool SUV with lots of versatility and style, then the 2022 Land Rover Defender is a must drive. Entry level price for the Defender is estimated at around the $49,050 mark.
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