2021 Land Rover Defender can now be plugged in…

Land Rover Defender P400e

The updated 2021 Land Rover Defender, in some markets, will now be available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) known as P400e.

The Land Rover Defender P400e doesn’t seem to be on the cards for Australia at this stage as all reference to it was removed from the local announcement around 2021 updates.

So, what is the P400e? It sees a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated with an 105kW electric motor delivering claimed combined fuel consumption of just 3.3L/100km. It will run in all-electric mode for up to 43km, including off-road where the immediate torque from the electric motor makes Defender even more capable. This sees the new Defender go head to head with the Wrangler 4xe.

The Defender P400e isn’t available as a 5+2, only as either a five- or six-seater and it can’t tow as much as the regular Defender, limited to just 3000kg. Things like payload, roof load, etc remain unchanged from non-hybrid models.

The Defender P400e comes with a Mode 3 charging cable as standard, while a cost-optional Mode 2 cable is also available. The Mode 3 charging cable enables charging to 80% in two hours, while charging via a Mode 2 cable will take around seven hours to charge to 80% – perfect for home charging overnight. Using a 50kW rapid charger, the P400e charges to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.