Land Rover has not said much about the specs for the PHEV, but according to Top Gear it'll have the same powertrain as the Range Rover PHEV. That means a battery-only range of around 30 miles and a 400 combined horsepower. That would take you from 60 mph to 60 mph in over 6 seconds, and you should be able to do that in a Land Rover for some reason.
On top of the PHEV, there's a mild hybrid Defender that wants to pump out 397 horsepower and hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, less than half the time Defender, a 201
Let's face it, if you're looking for a straight-line acceleration or top speed, you 'really missing the point. The Defender was always Land Rover's true 4×4, compared to the Discovery and other models aimed at posh urban cowboys. Land Rover drove the vehicle down a 42-degree ramp when it launched the vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
As I discovered, the Defender is impressively comfortable inside and pretty high-tech for a vehicle designed to tackle goat trails. There's a 10-inch infotainment system tucked into the dashboard, and it works out of the box with Android Auto and CarPlay.
It has driver-assist tech like other upscale vehicles, but some of the features are designed for off-roading , For instance, if you need to cross the creek, the Rover's optional "wade sensing" drive mode automatically locks the driveline, raises the ride height and displays an image showing the depth of water on the infotainment screen.
Other features include "ClearSight" ground view that shows the ground in front of the Defender, and a feature that lets drivers set it their preferred off-road settings.
Coming from Land Rover, the Defender will not be cheap, of course, but it's not as much as it does as you might expect. It'll come in two- and four-door versions starting at $ 50,000 with top versions over $ 80,000. There's no word yet on PHEV availability, but other versions should start arriving in the US in spring of 2020.