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Plug-in hybrid powertrain added to Defender line-up

More efficient engine brings fuel-saving and performance gains.

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The Land Rover Defender’s engine range has been beefed up with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Badged P400e, the new model is both the most powerful and most fuel-efficient Defender, bringing performance and economy gains in equal measure. Thanks to 404hp, the Defender will go from 0-60mph in just 5.4 seconds, yet is capable of returning up to 85.3mpg and CO2 emissions of just 74g/km.

Available in five- or six-seat configurations, the new P400e is also capable of travelling up to 27 miles on solely electric power. The combination of a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 105kW electric motor means that though efficient, the P400e has more than enough punch to deliver off-road. In fact, Land Rover says that the powertrain makes the car ‘even more capable’.

Delivered with a Mode 3 charging cable as standard, the P400e can be charged from zero to 80% in two hours, or around seven hours via a slower Mode 2 cable and a domestic home energy supply. It’s also capable of accepting a 50kWh rapid charge, which will see the batteries topped up to 80% in just 30 minutes.

The inclusion of an electrified powertrain hasn’t diminished the Defender’s capability either – it’s still able to tow up to 3,000kg and carry a roof load of up to 300kg.

A new in-line six-cylinder diesel engine – from the firm’s Ingenium range of powertrains – has also been added to the range.

An additional X-Dynamic specification has been added to the Defender’s list of trim levels too, while new exterior colours – Yulong White, Silicon Silver and Carparthian Grey – give buyers even more scope for personalisation.

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Jack Evans
Articles by Jack Evans are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.

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