Land Rover Defender P400e plug-in hybrid revealed

The new Land Rover Defender SUV gets plug-in power, with 27 miles of pure-electric range

This is the Land Rover Defender P400e, the plug-in hybrid range-topper for the British brand's hottest new SUV. Land Rover has introduced the short-wheelbase 90 version of the SUV to the range at the same time, along with a range of new mild-hybrid six-cylinder units.

The new plug-in version is only available as a five-door 110 model. The firm describes the P400e as "the most capable and durable electrified Land Rover" – a sign that it intends to retain the car's impressive ability off-road.

Power comes from the same set-up as found in the Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid. A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor produce a combined 398bhp; 0-62mph takes 5.6 seconds and, thanks to an impressive 650Nm of torque, a towing capacity of 3,000kg is possible. Top speed is 130mph.

The plug-in hybrid Defender can travel up to 27 miles on electric power thanks to its 19.2kWh battery. Electrification also makes the P400e the most efficient model in the range on paper, with 75g/km of CO2 and a claimed 85.3mpg.

Support for 50kW rapid charging means an 80% charge is possible in 30 minutes, while a standard 7.4kW home wallbox will charge the battery fully in two hours, Land Rover claims. Regenerative braking also helps boost economy and charge the car's battery on the move.

Land Rover has been sure to put the Defender's new-found electrification to good use off-road too, where the linear torque delivery from the electric motor offers greater flexibility. The Defender can also operate in both high and low range mode (providing more pulling power at low speeds) solely under electric power. 

As with other Defender 110 models, there are options for five or six-seater interiors, while the P400e gets its own list of standard kit, including 20-inch alloy wheels, air suspension, three-zone climate control and tinted windows. 

Along with the new P400e drivetrain and other range-wide engine updates, Land Rover has also added a new trim to the range called X-Dynamic. Slotting into the middle of the existing trim-level lineup, it adds some tougher exterior styling and 'Robustek' interior upholstery, a hard-wearing, hexagon-patterned cloth that's "inspired by workman's gloves and patches on motorbike jackets". 

Other additions include an optional folding fabric roof for the Defender 110, along with four new colour options and an assortment of new option packs.