Published on October 12th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


Land Rover Defender Malaysia Launch Imminent

The wait is almost over for Malaysia fans of the reborn Land Rover Defender.

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia have revealed some important details about the Land Rover Defender. Firstly, we finally have a Malaysian launch date and it’s not too far off. Secondly, we have the specifications of the Malaysian edition at launch.

Land Rover Defender Malaysian Launch Date

We’ve already seen a few units being run around Selangor on trade plates, but the launch date had previously not been announced. Now, we have official confirmation that the launch date in Malaysia will be 21 October 2021. Anyone can tune in to watch the virtual launch livestream at 11am on Land Rover Malaysia’s Facebook page.

In Singapore, the Land Rover Defender has been available for more than a year, being brought in to the island nation in August 2020. Thailand got it a month before Singapore, putting a spotlight on how much tougher it is to do business in Malaysia. In fact, just about every other country in Asia was mentioned during the Asian launch of the new Defender except for Malaysia.

Land Rover Defender Specifications For Malaysia

The same announcement from Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia also contained some hints as to the final specifications for the Malaysian cars.

The Land Rover Defender will be available here in two engine configurations:

The first is the 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged petrol engine of the Ingenium engine family. This engine has double overhead cams and an electrohydraulic valvetrain. This engine has an output of 300PS at 5,500rpm and 400Nm of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm.

Land Rover Defender rear, car in motion

The second engine choice is the 3.0L inline-6 petrol engine with a mild-hybrid component. This engine features a 48V lithium-ion battery, an electrically-powered supercharger, and a belt-integrated starter motor. This powertrain has an output of 400PS at 5,500rpm and 550Nm of torque between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm.

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Both engines are paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer case and permanent all-wheel drive.

Other features teased include:

  • 3D Surround Camera with ClearSight Ground View for easier off-road and parking manoeuvers.
  • Adaptive Dynamics with Electronic Air Suspension that monitor body movements up to 500 times per second.
  • Wade Programme in Terrain Response menu for 900mm wading depth with ultrasonic sensors that monitor and warn if maximum wade depth is near
  • Pivi Pro infotainment with Meridian Sound System

The Land Rover Defender is constructed mostly of aluminium and is the stiffest monocoque bodies the company has ever produced thanks to its underlying D7x architecture.

Land Rover Malaysia will be offering the vehicle with a 5-year warranty, 5 years of free service and 3 years of roadside assistance.

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