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2012 Land Rover Defender

2012 Land Rover Defender

A new EU5 2.2-liter diesel engine replaces the EU4 2.4-liter diesel for model year 2012, bringing new levels of performance and refinement to the Defender. The smaller capacity engine delivers the same power, torque and economy as its outgoing sister but makes this the cleanest Land Rover Defender yet produced. In EU5 markets, the new engine comes with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to ensure the lowest possible levels of regulated emissions. (continued below)

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New Diesel Engine Powers the Cleanest Ever Defender for 2012

Source: Land Rover | Published: Tue Aug 16, 2011

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Following a major upgrade in 2007 which included a new facia and six-speed manual transmission, the Defender's specification has been further improved for 2012. In addition to the existing 'S' and 'SE' trim levels, there are five new option packs, new alloy wheels, ventilated discs on all variants and a number of detail improvements to the interior. Three speed-limiting options will also be offered to fleet users wanting to gain more effective control of fuel costs.

The Defender can trace its roots back to 1948 and during that period Land Rovers have earned a reputation as the most rugged and versatile off-road vehicles in the world. Since 2002, the Defender has consistently sold an average of 25,000 units a year worldwide. Retail and utility customers, armed forces and NGOs in over 100 countries believe that the Defender's off-road ability, durability and towing capability are still head and shoulders above the competition. Such a unique combination of attributes explains why this legendary vehicle commands such exceptionally high standards of customer loyalty.

"The substantial improvements to the Defender in 2007 transformed its on-road refinement and comfort whilst extending its legendary capability off-road for which Defender is synonymous. With the introduction of the new 2.2-liter diesel engine and five option packs, the Defender for 2012 now offers greater customer choice than ever before," said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.

Smaller, Cleaner Diesel Engine for 2012

The new EU5 2.2-liter diesel engine replaces the EU4 2.4-liter diesel while matching it for power, torque and fuel consumption. A new, full acoustic engine cover replaces the previous splash cover, reducing radiated engine noise and improving driving refinement. Meeting EU5 regulations, the engine delivers lower levels of the regulated emissions,NOx,COand HC thanks to an improved combustion system and sophisticated engine management system. In EU5 markets, particulate matter has been reduced to EU5 levels with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

Despite the smaller capacity and reduced emissions, the new engine produces the same power, 122 hp at 3,500 rpm and torque, 258 lb-ft (360 Nm) at 2,000 rpm, as the outgoing 2.4-liter engine. Performance remains similar too, with a 0-60 mph time of 14.7 seconds as before, though the top speed has been raised to 90 mph compared to 82 mph for the previous version. CO2 emissions on the combined cycle are consistent at 266 g/km for the 90 and 295 g/km for the 110 and 130.

The GFT MT 82 six-speed gearbox has been retained for 2012 with its excellent ratio spread, high top gear for cruising and enhanced low-speed crawl capability. The lower first gear offers low crawl speed making towing on-road and off-road much easier. The low-down engine torque also helps in-gear acceleration and the tall sixth gear ensures excellent real-world cruising, refinement and fuel economy. Ground gears in both the gearbox and transfer box help contribute to the refinement of the transmission.

Land Rover Defender: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I4, Turbodiesel
Displacement 133 cu in (2179 cc)
Power 122 hp @ 3500 rpm
Torque 258 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Redline n/a
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear n/a
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 181.1 in
Width 70.5 in
Height 81.1 in
Curb Weight 4206 lbs
0-60 mph 14.7 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 90 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Origin & Price
Origin United Kingdom
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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