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Land Rover Defender 2023: lineup enhanced for rugged off-roader, pricing starts at $90k


The Defender range in Australia is more expansive than ever, with new variants and powertrains for the 2024 model year 

Land Rover has announced its 2024 Defender lineup, offering buyers more options with a grand total of 21 variants to choose from. 

Pricing starts from $90,400 before on-road costs for the Defender 90 P300 and pushes out to as much as $237,900 before on-road costs for the flagship Defender 130 V8. 

Land Rover has introduced a V8-powered Defender 130 for the very first time, along with a new Outbound edition and a new plug-in hybrid Defender 110

2023 Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top rear 3/4
The new Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top

A hard-working commercial Defender will also be available – called the Defender 110 Hard Top – that will cost buyers $110,000 before on-road costs. 

Australian deliveries of the 2024 Defender are expected to commence in November 2023. 

What is standard across the range of Defender variants for Australia?

There is a lot to understand when it comes to the range of Defender products that will be available in Australia.

2023 Land Rover Defender P400e charging
The new Land Rover Defender P400e plug-in hybrid

Across all variants, the following feature highlights are standard:

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission 
  • All-wheel drive 
  • Hill launch assist
  • Hill descent control
  • Emergency braking assist 
  • Side-hinged tailgate
  • Automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers 
  • Rubber flooring (for 90 and 110)
  • Carpet flooring (130)
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity 
  • Wireless phone charging 
  • DAB radio 
  • Tyre pressure monitoring 
  • Push button start and keyless entry 
2023 Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound rear 3/4 tailgate open
The Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound looks pretty tough!

Key standard safety equipment across the range includes:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Lane keep assist 
  • 360-degree camera
  • Drive fatigue monitor 
  • Blind-spot assist 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear collision monitor 
  • Rear traffic monitor 

Which powertrains are offered with the 2023 Defender?

Land Rover Defender V8 engine
The Defender is available with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine

Several powertrains are available for the Land Rover Defender for 2024, with the newest addition being a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that produces combined power and torque outputs of 297kW/640Nm

This powertrain is available only for the 110 bodystyle of Defender and will allow owners to travel up to 52km in electric-only mode. Fuel economy is claimed to be as low as 3.4L/100km. 

But if a plug-in hybrid isn’t to your liking, there are several other engines available across the range of Defenders. 

2023 Land Rover Defender P400e charging front 3/4
Plug-in hybrid can travel 50km in electric-only mode

The ‘entry’ engine in the Defender lineup is a 2.0-litre turbocharged Si4 four-cylinder petrol engine that produces outputs of 221kW/400Nm

Stepping up from the turbo-four is a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol straight-six engine that produces 294kW/550Nm. A 3.0-litre turbo-diesel straight-six engine is also available with two different states of tune: either 183kW/570Nm or 221kW/650Nm

A 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine headlines the Defender range and is available in two slightly different states of tune: 368kW/610Nm or 386kW/625Nm. 

2023 Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound front 3/4
The Defender Outbound is new to the range for 2024

Hard Top, Outbound and 130 V8 join the range 

Land Rover will bring a suite of new variants to the table for the 2024 model year. 

The first new variant will be the Defender Hard Top, a more rugged, commercial-style version of the 110 that has been confirmed for Australia. 

Key features of this variant include independent coil-sprung suspension, lockable underfloor storage, optional three-person front seating, a towing capacity of up to 3500kg and Land Rover’s 3.0-litre turbo-diesel straight-six engine. The Hard Top is priced from $110,000 before on-road costs. 

2023 Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top rear 3/4 with horse
Hard Top Defender is more commercial focused

The Defender 130 Outbound, meanwhile, is “an unprecedented combination of luxurious interior space and all-terrain capability”. 

Key features include Shadow Atlas Matt bumpers and grille insert, gloss black 20-inch alloy wheels, ‘Windsor’ leather interior, electronic air suspension and adaptive dynamics, a 900mm wading depth and towing for up to 3000kg. 

The Outbound can only be specced with a P400 Ingenium turbocharged petrol straight-six engine. 

2023 Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound bonnet details
The Defender Outbound’s bonnet detail

Lastly, Land Rover has brought its iconic 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine to the Defender 130. Producing 368kW/610Nm, the Defender can sprint to 100km/h in a claimed 5.7 seconds. 

Standard equipment on the Defender 130 V8 includes a quad exhaust system, a sliding panoramic sunroof, matrix LED headlights, darkened tail lights and large 22-inch alloy wheels. 

Inside, the 130 V8 features 14-way heated and cooled driver seat, Windsor leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, four-zone climate control, a Meridian sound system and a head-up display. Also included for the V8 is a 11.4-inch touchscreen, wireless phone charging and both wireless Apple Carplay and wireless Android Auto. 

2023 Land Rover Defender 130 driving through water
Defender V8 scores quad-exhaust setup

Land Rover Defender 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

Defender 90:

  • S P300: $90,400
  • S D250: $97,700
  • X-Dynamic SE P400: $112,400
  • X P400: $148,450
  • V8 P525: $221,550

Defender 110:

  • S P300: $92,800
  • S P400: $99,500
  • Hard Top S D250: $110,000
  • X-Dynamic SE D300: $108,250
  • X-Dynamic P400: $115,650
  • X-Dynamic P400e: $127,600
  • X-Dynamic HSE D300: $123,050
  • X-Dynamic HSE P400: $129,900
  • X-Dynamic HSE P400e: $139,300
  • X D300: $149,950
  • X P400: $152,150
  • V8 P525: $226,500

Defender 130:

  • X-Dynamic SE D300: $128,200
  • X-Dynamic SE P400: $138,400
  • Outbound P400: $138,400
  • V8 P500: $237,900