Land Rover Defender Gets New Diesel Engine

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The upcoming 2012 Land Rover Defender will be receiving a new 2.2-liter diesel engine along with new package options.

According to a report from Autocar, the upcoming 2012 Land Rover Defender will be receiving a new 2.2-liter diesel engine that will replace the existing 2.4-liter unit. The new diesel produces 120hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The current six-speed transmission remains intact with a low first gear that "offers low crawl speed making towing on-road and off-road much easier." Top speed for the Defender has increased to 90 mph as opposed to the current 82 mph result.

And for the first time ever, the Defender now complies with EU5 emissions regulations. There are also two new option packs available. The £1500 Off-Road Pack offers ABS, duty rims with off-road tires, in addition to a tow ball and an under-ride protection bar. Land Rover is also offering a plain black hood for the pickup model. The second option is the £1650 Comfort Pack that includes a CD player with auxiliary input, electric windows and remote central locking. Pricing for the 2012 Land Rover Defender begins at £21,895.

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