Land Rover Defender 90 Review
The Land Rover Defender or initially called Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten is actually a British four wheel drive off-road utility vehicle. It was introduced in the late 1983 and its number in the name represents the wheelbase in inches. In 1989 a third model was produced in parallel with the other previous released car and to avoid possible confusion, the Ninety and One Ten models were renamed became Defender 90 and Defender 110. Land Rover Australia has reintroduced the Defender 90, six years after the old car was dropped from the local lineup. The full-time 4-WD is powered by a 90kW 2.4-liter diesel engine which generates 360Nm of torque but the CO2 emissions are decreased from 282g/km to 266. A new 6-speed manual transmission comes with a lower first gear and a higher sixth to improve both off-road ability and highway cruising. The new Defender 90 is slightly shorter in length but taller than the 2003 model with a greater ground clearance of 323 millimeter. Safety features in the car comes with the form of ABS and traction control. In addition for the safety features there are also side-curtain airbags, active head restraints and airbag occupancy censor. Inside the car, there are a new in-dash CD player along with rubber floor mats and electric front windows. The air conditioning system in the car can now cool the cabin in half the time by seven degrees more than the old unit, while the heater works 40 percent quicker and up to 12 degrees hotter. The noise levels are significantly lower since Gary Taylor, the Land Rover chief program engineer, said that upgraded sound insulation and quieter engine make for a far superior cabin experience. The Land Rover Defender 90 is on sale at retail price of $44.990.