Automotive Land Rover Defender Was Given The Worst Conditions When On Test

Published on October 16th, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Land Rover Defender Was Tested In The Worst Conditions

This new Land Rover Defender has been tested to extreme levels around the globe.

This all new Land Rover Defender will be in Malaysian showrooms this month. Before its launch it is good to know how much effort was put into the testing its off road capabilities and also its electronics ensuring every aspect of the vehicle lives up to its rugged reputation.

To ensure the electrical systems are as rugged and robust as the rest of the vehicle, Defender is the first new Land Rover to benefit from enhanced validation testing, the result of a £37m (RM211.5 million) investment in new facilities and infrastructure.

Good to know that the new EVA 2.0 system has been through the most comprehensive development programme the company has ever completed.

The definition of durability

Land Rover’s new purpose-engineered D7x (for extreme) architecture is 95 per cent new and based on a lightweight aluminum monocoque construction to create the stiffest body structure Land Rover has ever produced.

It is three times stiffer than traditional body-on-frame designs, providing perfect foundations for the fully independent air or coil sprung suspension and supports the latest electrified powertrains.

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The new Defender has been through more than 62,000 tests for engineering sign-off, while the chassis and body architecture have been engineered to withstand Land Rover’s Extreme Event Test procedure – repeated and sustained impacts, above and beyond the normal standard for SUV and passenger cars.

During development testing, prototype models have covered more than 1.2 million kilometers across some of the harshest environments on earth, ranging from the 50-degree heat of the desert and sub 40-degree cold of the Arctic to altitudes of 10,000ft in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

A world-class expert off and on-road

Configurable Terrain Response debuts on new Land Rover Defender, allowing experienced off-roaders to fine-tune individual vehicle settings to perfectly suit the conditions, while inexperienced drivers can let the system detect the most appropriate vehicle settings for the terrain, using the intelligent Auto function.

The new body architecture provides ground clearance of 291mm and world-class off-road geometry, giving the 110 approach, break-over and departure angles of 38, 28 and 40 degrees (Off Road height) respectively.

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Its maximum wading depth of 900mm is supported by a new Wade programme in the Terrain Response 2 system, which ensures drivers can ford deep water with complete confidence.

On dry land, Land Rover’s advanced ClearSight Ground View technology helps drivers take full advantage of Defender’s all-conquering capability by showing the area usually hidden by the bonnet, directly ahead of the front wheels, on the central touchscreen.

As a result, the new Defender redefines breadth of capability, raising the threshold for both off-road ruggedness and on-road comfort. It can negotiate crowded city streets as effortlessly as climbing mountains, crossing deserts and withstanding freezing temperatures.

Its carefully honed handling delivers both a rewarding drive and first-class long-haul comfort across all terrains.

With this all new Defender you can go from traversing the urban jungle of Downtown Kuala Lumpur to cruising down to your Durian plantation in Bentong without batting an eyelid.

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