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Cars & Autos | Tuesday 16 June, 2020 5:08 am |

An icon returns: All-new Land Rover Defender arrives at Mohamed Yosuf Naghi Motors Co. showrooms in Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Yosuf Naghi Motors Company, the exclusive retailer for Jaguar Land Rover vehicles in Saudi Arabia has announced the arrival of the new Land Rover Defender at its showrooms.
“The new Land Rover Defender has arrived to bring a true legend of the off-road world back to showrooms. The new iteration merges legendary Land Rover 4x4 capabilities with superior ride and handling, revolutionary design, innovative technology, and five-star safety features to present a vehicle that is perfectly equipped for any expedition,” commented Andre Bonthuys, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Mohamed Yosuf Naghi Motors Company. 
“Importantly, none of the characteristics that draw such strong loyalty to previous Defender editions have been lost as the manufacturer has succeeded in linking the past and the present. The model created quite a buzz when it was first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it’s no surprise that we’ve already received many inquiries in the lead up to today’s launch,” added Bonthuys. 

The most capable Defender yet

Powerful yet efficient engines and an array of intelligent off-road technologies place the new Defender among the most capable 4x4s in the world.

A choice of advanced petrol engines ensure the vehicle has the power and control to navigate any environment.

At launch, the petrol line-up comprises a four-cylinder P300 and a powerful six-cylinder P400, featuring efficient Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology, with all engines paired to a smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Configurable Terrain Response debuts on the new 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.

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

Emotionally charged design

A distinctive silhouette makes the new Defender instantly recognisable, with minimal front and rear overhangs providing excellent approach, departure, and breakover angles. Land Rover’s designers have re-envisioned familiar Defender trademarks for the 21st century, giving the new 4x4 a purposeful upright stance and Alpine light windows in the roof, while retaining the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally mounted spare wheel that make the original so identifiable.

The stripped-back personality of the original Defender has been embraced inside, where structural elements usually hidden from view have been exposed, with the emphasis on simplicity and practicality. Innovative features include a dash-mounted gear shifter to accommodate an optional central front ‘jump’ seat, which provides three-abreast seating across the front like early Land Rovers.

With its new Pivi Pro Infotainment system featuring a dynamic touchscreen, the new Defender is as technologically advanced as it is durable and tough. In addition, the model takes Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) technology to a new level, with 14 individual modules capable of receiving remote updates, therefore minimising time spent and eliminating the need to visit a Land Rover retailer.

Personalised for your world

The new Defender is available in the Saudi market in 110 body design, with the option of five, six or 5+2 seating. The model range comprises Defender, SE, and HSE and top of the range Defender X models. Four Accessory Packs are also offered – Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban – each giving the new Defender a distinct character with a specially selected range of enhancements.

A new Satin Protective Film will be available as a factory-fit option with Indus Silver, Gondwana Stone, and Pangea Green colours providing a unique and contemporary finish as it protects the new Defender’s paintwork.

Now available to order in Saudi Arabia, the new Defender builds on its long and rich heritage in the region. The original Series and Defender models have long been relied upon by a diverse group of motorists to stand up to the region’s testing terrain. New chapters in the vehicle’s long story have already been written, as the new Defender was pushed to its limits during more than 62,000 gruelling development tests. The model covered more than 1.2 million kilometres across some of the harshest environments on earth, including the Middle East’s unforgiving desert landscape. 

The new Defender is now available for viewing, test drives, and to order at Mohamed Yosuf Naghi Motors Company Jaguar Land Rover showrooms with prices starting at 258,900 SAR.


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