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JLR drives in iconic SUV Defender in India

Jaguar Land Rover India on Thursday said it has launched its iconic SUV Defender in the country with price starting at Rs 73.98 lakh (ex-showroom).

The latest version of the model comes with a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and would be available in two body styles in the country.

The price of new Defender 90 (three-door) starts from Rs 73.98 lakh, while Defender 110 (five-door) is tagged at Rs 79.94 lakh onwards (ex-showroom).

“Since the launch of Land Rover in India in 2009, we had been receiving numerous enquiries on the Defender. We recognised the strong desire and demand for this SUV, and are thrilled to see the strong pull that the new Defender has been able to generate in India,” JLR India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri told PTI.

The automaker will start the Defender innings in India with the 110 body style, which is available for deliveries immediately, he added.

The company has also opened bookings for Defender 90, deliveries of which will begin in first quarter of next financial year, Suri said.

“In terms of power-trains, we have launched the 2.0 litre petrol with 300 PS as of now. We will be introducing the 3.0 litre diesel and the 3.0 litre petrol in future. We are also exploring the launch of 2.0 litre petrol PHEV (plug in hybrid vehicle) in India,” he noted.

Suri said the launch in many ways completes the Land Rover brand story in the country.

“So far, under Land Rover, we had the Discovery product pillar and Range Rover product pillar available in India. With this launch, the third product pillar, Defender, is now available,” he said.

The new Defender will make its place in the hearts of many people with a curious mind, love for authentic adventures, passion for travel and who dare and wish to go above and beyond in life, Suri noted.

Such individuals transcend barriers of age, gender, profession, with their free-spirited nature and fearlessness, just like the new Defender, he said.