Colin-on-Cars – ‘Shorty’ Defender 90 now available

With 16 variants to choose from, offroad travellers will have no problems in finding the Land Rover Defender 90 that best suits their requirements.

The short wheelbase Defender 90 launches locally with the base Defender S, X-Dynamic, First Edition and top-of-the-range Defender X models, each sold with a choice of four engine options.

As an entry point to the range, the Defender S features standard equipment including LED headlights with auto high beam assist, keyless entry, Ebony grained leather with woven textile seat facings, Pivi Pro 10-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an interactive driver display among others.

Driver assistance features include items such as Terrain Response, 3D surround cameras, emergency braking, lane keep assist, 360-degree parking aid, wade sensing and a driver condition monitor.

The X-Dynamic model bridges the gap between Defender and Defender X with a tough exterior look and unique interior fittings to set it apart from the rest of the lineup.

It features gloss painted Narvik Black exterior door and wheel arch cladding with Silicon Satin skid pans and the Defender X-Dynamic is available with a choice of SE and HSE Specification Packs.

On the range-topping X derivative, the gloss black inset contrast hood is standard along with Gloss Black claddings. To give further differentiation between the X and Core vehicles, the front and rear skid pans and other detailed exterior parts are coated in a Starlight Satin finish while brake calipers are painted orange, the dashboard cross beam is a dark grey powder coat brushed finish and door sill treadplates are illuminated with Defender script.

The X also sees air suspension is fitted as standard along with an electronic active rear differential, configurable Terrain Response 2, a sliding panoramic roof, Matrix LED headlights, 14-way heated and cooled front seats, ClearSight interior rear view mirror and a head-up display among others.

The Defender First Edition, available for one year from launch, is available in Pangea Green, Gondwana Stone or Hakuba Silver, with a folding fabric sunroof incorporated in the contrast white roof. Standard fare includes air suspension, 12-way heated seats, an electrically adjustable steering column ClearSight rear view mirror and 20-inch alloys.

Customers can personalise their Defender 90 with four Accessory Packs. The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban Packs each give Defender a distinct character with a specially selected range of enhancements.

The Explorer Pack includes a raised air intake, a lightweight Expedition roof rack to carry up to 132 kg, a 24-litre exterior side-mounted gear carrier, matte black bonnet decal, and wheel arch protection to help conquer the most uncharted African landscapes.

The Adventure Pack consists of a portable rinse system for hosing off boots, bikes and wetsuits, a 20-litre Seat Backpack, bright rear scuff plate, front and rear mudflaps, a spare wheel cover, an integrated air compressor ideal for inflating tyres or air mattresses, and the same side-mounted Gear Carrier.

Country Pack equips the Defender with front and rear Classic mudflaps, a full height loadspace partition to prevent items in the rear loadspace from entering the cabin, wheel arch protection, a bright rear scuff plate and the portable rinse system.

Finally, the Urban Pack comprises bright metal pedals, a bright rear scuff plate, a spare wheel cover, and front undershield protection to make the Defender stand out with style in the concrete jungle.

The four engine options comprise two diesels and two petrol. A 2,0-litre D240 turbo-diesel produces 177 kW and 430 Nm, enabling 0-100 km/h in 9 seconds with a top speed of 188 km/h, while a 2,0-litre P300 turbo-petrol with 221 kW and 400 Nm achieves 0-100 km/h in 7,1 seconds and a maximum speed of 191 km/h.

The more powerful 3,0-litre straight six-cylinder options include a P400 petrol featuring efficient Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology with outputs of 294 kW and 550 Nm, and a D300 diesel with 221 kW and 650 Nm. These two models accelerate from 0-100 in 6 and 6,7 seconds respectively, with top speeds of 191 km/h for both.

Defender 90 Pricing:

Defender 90  D240 S                                         R1,095,600

Defender 90 D300 S                                          R1,186,800

Defender 90 P300 S                                          R1,095,600

Defender 90 P400 S                                          R1,214,200

Defender 90  D240 X-Dynamic SE                     R1,215,500

Defender 90 D300 X-Dynamic SE                       R1,297,000

Defender 90 P300 X-Dynamic SE                       R1,215,500

Defender 90 P400 X-Dynamic SE                       R1,338,600

Defender 90  D240 X-Dynamic HSE                   R1,284,400

Defender 90 D300 X-Dynamic HSE                    R1,365,900

Defender 90 P300 X-Dynamic HSE                    R1,284,400

Defender 90 P400 X-Dynamic HSE                    R1,407,500

Defender 90 D240 First Edition                           R1,223,800

Defender 90 P400 First Edition                           R1,341,700

Defender 90 D300 X                                          R1,542,100

Defender 90 P400 X                                          R1,575,000

  • Including VAT, excluding CO2 


  1. Hi Miles. Yes, I think Land Rover has packaged the options quite neatly and clearly. Sometimes the options available can be really confusing as well as expensive.

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