One of the year's biggest product additions is the 2020 Land Rover Defender. The Defender, which began arriving at U.S. dealerships this summer, returns to North America after a 23-year absence. The Defender 110 four-door starts at $50,925, including shipping. Two engines are available, a 296-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and a gasoline-electric hybrid powered by a 395-hp inline six-cylinder engine. That motor is equipped with a turbocharger and a 48-volt electric supercharger. Both are mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions. Here is a roundup of snippets of Defender reviews from the automotive media.
"Like its famous ancestors, Rover comes in two-door (90) and four-door (110) variants. Unlike Defenders of yore, the brute is built on a unibody which Rover engineers say eclipses the old ladder frame for strength. It felt plenty solid off-road, but the Defender was quite comfy on my drive up Interstate 75. Made to shed its doors, the Wrangler is noisier than Defender, which could pass for a normal SUV. It's an off-road wolf in sheep's clothing.
"This being luxury class, the Defender inline-6 is supercharged and turbocharged for gobs more power than Wrangler's six. The result is 395 horses trampling the grasslands (a 296-horse turbo-4 is also available)."
— Henry Payne, The Detroit News