Land Rovers have made a name for themselves as, well, literally that: they rove the land. Whatever land. They hand rough terrain without breaking a metaphorical sweat.
And they take on the sands of beaches and deserts with ease. They’re the perfect adventurer’s car, the South African who enjoys their weekends off the beaten track.
The latest Land Rover appears no different in that regard. But it is a serious upgrade from its predecessors.
Firstly, the way it’s been built. For serious durability. It uses something called a monocoque frame. What’s that? Well, the clue is in the “mono” – the entire structural integrity is made of a single supporting frame.
First used in boats, it helps allow the entire vehicle to absorb any kind of impact. For instance, when riding over a significant boulder – it isn’t just the shocks and suspension helping here, but the entire body absorbing the shock.
It makes it handle rough weather conditions much better too. One can almost imagine the vehicle hit by a torrential force of water as it drives by the coastline and taking the impact easily. It also means you’re driving a tank in some senses of the word. If you happen to be in a collusion with another vehicle, you have a better chance of making it through relatively unscathed.
Wherever the (non) road takes you.
The Defender is built to take you just about anywhere. Due to its design, it can handle steep inclines – from what we’ve seen, it looks like 120o inclines. That’s amazing. Rocky roads, beaches with gale-force winds, forest paths (provided they’re wide enough), and treacherous mountains. That’s because the new Defender comes with something called the Configurable Terrain Response. Essentially, different types of terrain require different responses from the vehicle and the Defender is designed to handle them all.
Then, your next question should really be, what’s the infotainment system like? Well, it’s truly 21st Century. The main display is very “smartphone inspired”. It has a bit of an iOS look about it. We’re sure there won’t be any law cases against them because they’re not competing in the same market (obviously) as Apple.
As such, listening to your favourite tunes or podcasts is a cinch.
The Defender’s infotainment system is also designed to help you avoid getting lost. It has a Connected Navigation Pro system – which involves that new buzzword “machine learning”. It learns your preferred routes and, similar to Waze, it suggests alternative routes to take if there are delays.
Block the roadblock.
Such as roadblocks. Those can really ruin a person’s day, especially if, like us, you’re busy and need to be somewhere by a certain time. But, as is sadly common, motor vehicle accidents happen a lot in the urban centres – we have quite aggressive motorists. So the Connected Pro will help with that.
Finally, and this really helps in the security arena, the Defender features enhanced vision. It has something called ClearSight, which features a 3D Surround Camera. You’ll be able to see more of what’s going on around you without more than a glance down at the screen.
Best of all, the Defender is already in the South African market. So guess what? If you’re looking for more adventure and excitement and feel you deserve the upgrade, why not download our app onto your phone and sell us your old car – helping finance this sturdy, strong, rough and ready ride.
Because there’s no defence against its rugged charm