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Land Rover Defender pricing announced for NZ

Land Rover New Zealand has released pricing for the new Defender, with the first of the new models expected to be delivered here from May 2020.

The Defender 110 will launch first, with a starting price of $89,990 for the 2.0-litre diesel D200.

Impressively, according to Land Rover New Zealand, almost 70 pre-orders have already been placed by customers "eager to be one of the first to own the renaissance model", with a total retail value of more than $8 million, even before pricing was announced.

Jaguar Land Rover NZ general manager Steve Kenchington says the iconic SUV has an exceptionally loyal following in this market, but while the original was a basic and very utilitarian thing, the interest in the new Defender is largely in the top-end models.

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"What is particularly interesting is that the early deposits are mainly for product at the top end of the range such as the Defender 110 P400 X," said Kenchington. The top of the line P400 X packs a 294kW/550Nm powertrain and starts at $164,900.

Kenchinton also said that there had been significant interest in the 110 P400 SE which starts at $126,900.

"This level of support is a testament to the trust our customers have in the quality of product coming through from Jaguar Land Rover," he says.

Four diesel and four petrol engine versions of the Defender will be available in New Zealand, with the diesels all packing variants of JLR's 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit, with the aforementioned 110 D200 starting from $89,900 through to the 110 D240 First Edition which is priced from $125,900.

"A lot of initial interest has also been centred on the petrol engines, which are all 3.0-litre with the exception of the Defender 110 P300 SE which starts at $114,900," said Kenchington.

​While Land Rover has disappointingly dropped plans for a pick up version of the Defender, the stripped out "commercial" version is happening. With only two front seats (although with an optional jump seat available) and a rugged load space in place of rear seats, the commercial version of the Defender 110 is essentially a pick up with a canopy anyway, but most excitingly, a teaser for the stripped out model has appeared on the New Zealand website, leading to the possibility of an even cheaper basic version.

Although, for the cheapest version of the new Defender, you need to think in a more "plastic block" sense, with the awesome Lego Technics version of the 90 (complete with a working winch, steering, suspension and transmission) having also landed in New Zealand recently.

Here is the pricing of the entire Defender 110 range: