Buyer's Guide: The 2020 Land Rover Defender
The newest Land Rover Defender isn't going to be released in the Philippines, yet. But like all good things in life, they may take time to bear fruit. In this case, you can expect it to arrive in Philippine soil on the first quarter of 2020--sometime in February or March. Yes, we know--it will be two or three months of nervous anticipation before you see one face-to-face. But the more important question here is this: is it worth all those restless tossing and turning at 2am? Or those passive-agressive fights with your wife because you love the Defender more than her mother? Yes, we know it's an anguishing thought. And while we can't give you all the answers, we can help you decide if the New Land Rover Defender is really worth all that--and more. Here's a preview of what's in store for this iconic vehicle:
ExteriorOne look at the Defender, and it looks like a robotic E.T. with a case of indigestion. We mean this in a good way, though. Its distinctive Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL almost look like piercing eyes that's looking to devour our souls whenever we make a wrong turn. Whatever the case, the design is so simple it's almost sophisticated to look at. Yes, even Steve Jobs would be proud. When viewed near or far, one thing stands out: it looks extremely solid and secure--so much so that we almost want to tuck ourselves in its leather seats and lull ourselves to sleep. Land Rover boasts of its "unique monocoque architecture", making it the toughest and strongest vehicle "they have ever created". Its body is "three times stiffer than the generic body-on-frame chassis. The solid shoulders, the squared-off wheel arches, and the upright front and rear elevations add more to its solidity. And to make sure they're really tough, the vehicle had to go through more than 62,000 tests before getting their much-needed approval.
InteriorThe Land Rover Defender has an upgraded interior, such as the updated touchscreens, tall shifters, and switchgear. What hasn't changed, however, is the quality. Every stitch and every material in the Defender's interior is well-crafted (and well-thought out). The interior's design is elegant, with various console veneers and finishers you can choose from like our favorite: the open pore wood with a "Rough-cut Walnut or Natural Smoked Dark Oak veneer". Meanwhile, the grained leather seats with canvas-inspired Robust Woven Textile helps reduce wear and tear. If you have monster kids that make the Terminator move like Olaf, then you're in for a treat: you can go for the optional seat material designed for extreme wear-and-tear--a Windsor leather combined with the tough Kvadrat Steelcut Premium wool textile. We're sure they'll wear themselves out trying to tear these material into pieces. And now that's the perfect time to let them have for their "much-needed nappy". You can get them in the mood by playing music using the 10" Pivi Pro with Interactive Driver Display infotainment system. Audiophiles are in for a treat. Its Meridian™ Sound System offers three options: the six-speaker system, the Meridian Sound System1 that has ten speakers with a subwoofer for exceptional definition, and the Meridian Surround Sound System2 that has 14 speakers and a subwoofer. The latter offers the clearest, most engaging and authentic sound here. It’s like you're actually inside the booth jamming with Drake or Taylor Swift.
SafetySpeaking of stress, perhaps one of the most stressful ones we all experience these days is traffic. Land Rover included advanced technologies and driver assistance features in the Defender that will definitely ease the burden here. They include the following:
- A comprehensive system of six airbags including driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and thorax airbags to help protect occupants.
- Emergency Braking that displays a warning in the event of a potential collision and applies brakes if no action is taken.
- Cruise Control and Speed Limiter that maintain the current speed of the vehicle without the need to continually use the accelerator pedal.
- Lane Keep Assist that detects when your vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of lane and will apply a corrective torque to the steering wheel to encourage you to guide your vehicle back.
- Driver Condition Monitor that detects when you’re starting to feel drowsy and gives an early warning to take a break