Land Rover Defender hybrid: plug-in version of reborn off-road legend on the way

A plug-in hybrid version of the new Land Rover Defender is set to arrive at some point in 2020

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Land Rover has launched its much-anticipated new Defender at the Frankfurt Motor Show. While the reborn icon is initially available with two petrol engines with mild-hybrid technology and two diesels, Land Rover has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version is on the way and should be on sale in a year’s time.

We expect it'll use the same powertrain as the upcoming Range Rover Evoque PHEV, which will go on sale by around the middle of next year and is expected to account for a third of UK Evoque sales.

Power comes from a 197bhp three-cylinder petrol engine and a 107bhp electric motor, but no details have been released about fuel economy or CO2 emissions just yet.

As the new Defender has just launched, we don’t yet know what it's like to drive, but if it lives up to its predecessor's reputation, it should be one of the most capable hybrid cars to drive off-road.

Like the classic version, the latest Defender will be available in two bodystyles: a shorter 90 or a longer 110 variant, offering up to seven seats and an array of options including a rooftop tent, making this the first plug-in hybrid car you could sleep in.

The new Defender starts at around £40,000 so expect the hybrid version to cost in excess of £50,000 when it does arrive.