2020 Land Rover Defender: We answer your questions
Welcome to a your questions answered, which I always think something like a game show is you asked us questions on Instagram About a subject that we've put out there.
And then later on today, it's the new defender.
So, first question, how deep Can it wait?
Well, we are out here in Namibia, and we haven't tested the absolute waiting capability because well it's quite dry country.
Tree but we have been through water and it can wait up to 900 millimeters, which is actually an awful lot most of the time.
So 500 is about usual and that's what's the old one that way too.
So yes, 900 big thumbs up.
Doesn't need to exist or is it just a nostalgia trip?
Well, I think if you're Jaguar Land Rover, then yes, it probably doesn't need to exist because much as everyone loves the old defender They didn't actually sell that many new ones, certainly towards the end.
So they're a business they need to sell cars.
And if by producing a new one that appeals to more people, they can make more money, then yes.
So, to that extent, yes, it probably doesn't need to exist.
Is it terrible on road at high speeds.
Like the Jeep Wrangler.
Well I think what we're getting at here is Jeep Wrangler is a body-on-frame.
Whereas this is a uni-body design.
And we've got the air suspension in this car.
And although we haven't really driven it very much on-road at all I've done some sorta fairly high speeds 7080 miles an hour on rough roads.
And it's been remarkable in terms of its refinement.
So I have every reason to expect that it will be very good on road as well.
How fast is it?
Land Rover claims it will do nought to 60 in 5.8 seconds naught to 100 kilometers there in 6.1 seconds and flat out this will do 119 miles an hour.
Possibly not with the roof rack and a spare tire on top.
Will it have a three door model?
Well, we know that there's the defendant 90 coming up.
And then there's the commercial vehicles as well, which is pretty cool, I think.
And I'm sure there will be lots of variants of this in the years to come.
But at the moment, those are the ones we know about plus the P have full hybrid one as well, which they've kind of gotten to work as I'm developing that at the moment because as I was saying last night, actually, it's quite a thing to develop.
AP have version of this car because where do you shop the batteries in order to maintain obviously the ground clearance and right height and all that sort of thing.
How do you cope with potentially extra weight off road?
So lots of things to develop on that.
I think before they get to maybe like convertibles and stuff from the future.
Does it have any rival?
Well, the Toyota LandCruiser is probably the obvious one and perhaps we'll do twin tests at some point.
I suppose if you don't need quite the off road, utilitarian chunks of this then actually a discovery might be an alternative as well, which is incredibly capable off road.
And that's well, yes.
Let's see over time what people.
Think about how popular it is, what they're buying it instead of.
Is it still an off-road car or just another posh SUV?
Well, I kind of hinted at that in the previous question.
This very much is an off-roader, in fact, you won't find SUV anywhere in The sales pitch your marketing pitch from Land Rover and given that we have been round, the sort of north west part of Namibia, which is pretty extraordinary and vandals past etc.
This is very much an off roader.
I think it's overlanding in Africa is a pretty good test.
Have an off roader and I would say this has passed with flying colors.
So yes, go and look at the main film to see more on that.
When it suits a new bowl a Wildcat everything seems to be the Wildcat.
I think it's just because I mean that just come on late and I would very much like to drive.
One of those again what Henry prefer this Or or a Works Defender V8?
Well, I kind of enjoyed the [UNKNOWN] in the V8.
It was hilarious but it wasn't something that was in my dream garage.
Having spent a lot of time in this and I realized perhaps I'm in motion Me attached to this car already having spent the last three days in it and it's seen through an awful lot.
I can see myself given the choice of T right now or anyone, definitely, compared to maybe series two or my favorite old defender in my dream garage.
That's a trickier one.
Hi friends I was going to use it.
I think because they are quite different vehicles is the new defender is cramped as the old one to drive?
So this kind of leads on from the last question.
And no it's not because there is clear daylight between me and this window.
So you've got the upright screen.
You got this Right here in a wrench, the skinny knuckles.
I'm very comfortable in it.
And I am six foot four or five, something like that.
No longer have to make best friends with this.
Can you drift it?
Well on loose gravelly surfaces which we've had a certain amount of here You can sort of drifted around.
Yeah, it's, it's kind of drifting in the old sense of the word in terms of drift.
You have to use a bit of momentum and just carry the speed in like that.
You're not going to sort of power oversteer with the throttle, but yeah.
Bit of overstay.
It's actually rather fun to do that.
2.3 tonnes it does that.
Can you really do a rollover as in the Bond commercial, and carry on as if nothing's happened?
Hold my beer.
No, I'm not gonna do that.
Oregon says we've given it a proper beating.
I haven't roll it.
I feel like I've done pretty much everything but now I can't find it.
It must have happened because I really don't think they would have put that out there.
If not, and it does feel genuinely, really, really tough.
I'm sure I can't hide.
See roll cages in it and stuff like that.
Definitely feels tough if that's what you're asking.
Crossing a continent, Raptor or defender.
Well, this really comes back to the first question about Jeep Wrangler.
We did a lot of miles in a raptor in America earlier this year, and you can see a film on that elsewhere on the channel.
Lots of fun.
Not so good on the road, very shutter ever any sort of bumps.
This miles pattern so yeah, in terms of crossing continents, have to do this all the way.
You're David Attenborough and you're being chased by a rhino.
Will this save your life?
Well, I'm assuming David Attenborough is not shy of the throttle pedal I'm he's not, and he loves a bit of car spare time I think.
And as we've already said, this is this is pretty quick.
So, yes, what's the interior quality like?
It is pretty nice.
I like the fact that I've been in a couple of the ones that have got out here.
And actually the really sort of utilitarians back base back one that I first went in was probably my favorite.
This is got a bit more this would have been leather hair and then sort of this sort of durable fabric.
I think he likes to call it on the spec sheet.
Generally speaking, I think this feels like wasteful, pretty luxurious for For an off roader I think.
The touch screen works well.
It feels nicely utilitarian and tough obviously we've got the big bit there which harks back to the old one.
It's the right blend I think.
Long term durability?
Well that's a bit hard to assess.
Three days but what I will say is that it hasn't been sort of fettled overnight for these three days.
We have put it through a proper test, the vibrations that this has had to withstand on for long days as well means that, and we haven't got any squeaks or rattles.
Inheritable, which is well, very impressive, so I can't really speak of long term durability.
Other than that, but so far I'm impressed no warning lights, changed a couple of functions, but that's as much done to me is, it is the car so there we go.
Yes How effective is that additional screen for a rear view mirror up here?
Well, you access it like that first thing, say it's slightly odd because if I have it in the position where I can see the back with the mirror like that, and then flip it to the screen, I can't really see the screen terribly well at that angle.
So you have to kind of move it around a bit.
If I'm honest, I haven't really enjoyed that much I get the point of it.
I'm sure in some situations it is better than a mirror but my sons are just stuck with a normal mirror.
I can see the point if you've got the obviously the middle seat going off or lots of clutter in the back that it gives her a window.
But given the choice, I'll stick to a proper mirror Defender or G Wagen.
I've said it before, I'm not a massive fan of G Wagons.
So I would have a Defender.
But having said that, I think it's an interesting comparison between the two in terms of what the companies have Try to do for me G Wagon is very much sort of a halo model for Mercedes because what they've tried to do is obviously just update only as much as they have to of the original in order to keep producing it whereas this is a complete step change.
This needs to sell in big volumes where Mercedes don't need so g class in big volume so I think they're now very different cars probably appealing to very different markets.
The top of the range x is 90K can you justify it over a Range Rover autobiography.
This is one of those trick questions.
I'm not about spending 90K but I think it just comes down to the customer.
If the sorta people that have 90K and they're gonna drop it on a call, they'll have probably already made the mind up here that they're very different machines.
If you like the look of the new defender then I don't think you'll be disappointed.
They're just different cars just completely different things and 90 days obviously for absolute top wack tops back of this, so yes, you've probably bought it for different reasons.
I suppose you're just buying it because You're interested in why don't throw everything at it.
Would you have gone more hardcore with the industrial slash working element on it?
Well, there's obviously the commercial vehicles still to come.
So we'll have to wait and see with those.
And I think there's a, probably, perhaps is a romanticism around Actually the sort of this sparse, pared back car that he'll farmers will use because most of them round in lt hundred pickups now or something like that on the virus.
So why shouldn't people you know whether doing humanitarian aid somewhere or The Red Cross or farmers, or the emergency services.
I'm quite sure they don't want to be uncomfortable or really care necessarily about character.
They just want something to be useful and probably to make their daily lives more comfortable and this will undoubtedly be much more comfortable to use than an old defender.
So that's my thoughts on that.
There we are.
Those are some of your questions answered, hopefully sort of reasonably coherently given that it's now three days into an amazing but very tiring trip.
If I haven't answered any questions that you've asked, Well, I think it's probably because hopefully I'll answer them in the main film.
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Thank you very much for watching.
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