EV Land Rover Defender in the works with at least 482km of range

Land Rover will soon debut an all-electric (EV) version of the Land Rover Defender. Auto Express reports that the refreshed Defender line-up that is due for 2025 will see fully electric versions of the Defender 90, 1110, and 130. The brand’s first EVs are expected to reach customers in 2026.

The all-electric Land Rover Defender will not be alone in the EV off-roader league as Mercedes-Benz is also working on an all-electric version of the G-Wagon. Images of the G-Wagon in camouflage have surfaced on the internet and it has even been seen showing off its new ‘tank turn’ trick which rotates the car 360° in the same position.

Reportedly, the refreshed Land Rover Defender will sit on a new platform, most likely Land Rover’s MLA Flex platform. The platform can support both fully electric and internal combustion engine (ICE) powertrains, so a fossil fuel-powered Defender is still in the picture.

Although it will be on a new platform, the looks of the Defender will not deviate too far from its current aesthetics. The UK publication reports that the look and dimensions of the Defender are likely to remain the same. It would be interesting to see how Land Rover differentiates its fully electric models from the ICE models in terms of styling.

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Like the exterior, the interior is also not expected to change too much as “the [current] cabin design has been so well received by customers”. However, do expect to see an increase in the use of sustainable materials as the brand looks to a more sustainable future.

Land Rover’s engineers believe the electric drivetrain will boost the off-road performance of its iconic 4×4 model. They believe that greater control can be achieved through software management of electric power delivery along with advanced torque vectoring.

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No technical details have been officially revealed but a Land Rover Insider has told Auto Express that a 100-kWh battery would easily fit the MLA platform of the upcoming Defender. With such a capacity, the company aims for a minimum 300-mile (482 km) range for the EV Defender.

Alongside the Defender, the Land Rover Discovery is also set to go fully electric. In Malaysia, Land Rover models available include the Defender, Discovery, and models from the Range Rover family.

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