The smaller capacity engine delivers the same power, torque and economy as the outgoing 2.4-litre, but makes it the cleanest Land Rover Defender yet produced.
The Defender’s specification had a major upgrade in 2007 which included a new facia and six-speed manual transmission.
Available in New Zealand in six different models, the Defender is priced from $61,500.
“The substantial improvements to the Defender in 2007 transformed its on-road refinement and comfort whilst extending its legendary capability off-road for which Defender is synonymous. With the introduction of the new 2.2-litre diesel engine, the Defender for 2012 now offers greater customer choice than ever before,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
A new, full acoustic engine cover replaces the previous splash cover, reducing radiated engine noise and improving driving refinement.
Despite the smaller capacity, the new engine produces the same power (95kW@ 3500rpm )and torque (360Nm @ 2000rpm) as the outgoing 2.4-litre engine. CO2 emissions on the combined cycle are 266g/km for the 90 and 295g/km for the 110 and 130.
The six-speed gearbox has been retained for 2012, with a high top gear for cruising and enhanced low-speed crawl capability with a low first gear, making towing in all conditions easier.
New Zealand defenders are available in an ‘SE’ trim level inclusive of part leather seats and a leather covered steering wheel.
Standard features include air conditioning, CD player with auxiliary input, carpeted floors, low-line cubby and rear stowage net.
The exterior includes a Brunel grille and headlamp surrounds, body coloured roof, wheel arches and side runners, ABS brakes, heavy duty wheel rims and MTR tyres, tow ball and under-ride protection bar (90SW and 110CC).
A plain black Pick Up hood will now be available as an option, while a plain beige hood will be introduced for the 110 Double Cab Pick Up.
Further enhancements for 2012 include the addition of tinted glass on all models. A new gloss black, Saw Tooth alloy wheel with MTR tyre is also being introduced as an option on Station Wagon body styles.
Inside, the instrumentation feature LED illumination.
Two console options are available: an open-tray design that keeps contents to hand, and a large, lidded design that provides 14-litres of stowage.
110 Station Wagon and 130 Crew Cab models can comfortably accommodate three occupants on an asymmetrically-split second row seat. A spring-assisted fold mechanism helps when folding the seats for carrying large or awkward loads.
Defender 90 Station Wagon second row occupants benefit from a pair of individual, full-size, forward-facing rear seats. These seats are also available as a third row option on the 110 Station Wagon. Accessed either through the rear door or by folding the second row seats, they can be folded and stowed sideways in the loadspace.