Land Rover launched the Defender SUV in India in October 2020 at a starting price of Rs 73.98 lakh. It is offered in both 3-and 5-door options and is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine making 300PS and 400Nm, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Now, the carmaker has started accepting bookings for the P400e plug-in hybrid variant of the Defender. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with a 143PS electric motor with a combined output of 404PS and 640Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels of the SUV via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new Defender P400e comes with a 19.2kWh battery, which can be charged via a regular 15A socket or a 7.4kW AC wall box charger. The Defender PHEV has an all electric range of upto 43km.
Land Rover will offer the Defender P400e PHEV in the 110 5-door version only. It will be offered in four variants: SE, HSE, X-Dynamic HSE and the X.
As far as features are concerned, the Defender PHEV will be similar to the standard SUV. It will get features like auto LED headlamps, powered front seats, electrically adjustable steering column, 360-degree camera, auto-dimming IRVM with ClearSight camera, up to 3-zone climate control, digital instrument cluster, tyre pressure monitoring system, air suspension, cruise control and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a Meridian sound system.
Safety features on offer include multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, hill launch assist, hill descent control and start/stop roll stability control.
Prices of the Defender PHEV are expected to start at a premium over the petrol Defender, which is priced from Rs 73.98 lakh to Rs 90.46 lakh (ex-showroom India). Volvo XC90 is also available as a plug-in hybrid model, priced at Rs 1.31 crore (ex-showroom India).