On the outside, the 2022 Land Rover Defender remains true to the vintage look inspired by the 1950s land rover. The distinct, boxy design is reminiscent of the off-road vehicle of a bygone era. However, this retro-inspired design negates the fact that this is a true luxury vehicle, both with excellent power under the hood and a comfortable, tech-rich interior. Here’s a closer look at what’s new and exciting with the 2022 Land Rover Defender redesign.
Body Style Updates and Changes for 2022
Although the 2022 Land Rover Defender maintains its classic design heritage, this version was created with an added modern flair. The body-colored roof blends seamlessly, and the LED headlights provide a wide viewpoint. In the V8 model, 22-inch wheels and Xenon Blue brake calipers give the SUV a distinctive look, and it boasts quad exhaust pipes that produce a powerful sound. A rear-mounted spare tire reminds the driver that even with all of its luxury features, the 2022 Land Rover Defender is a vehicle designed for rugged, off-road driving. Overall, the style updates for 2022 make this a head-turner without being overly flashy:
Two (Potentially Three) Available Styles
The 2022 Land Rover Defender is available in two styles. The two-door 90 is a more sporty-looking SUV but not quite as practical for everyday driving. The four-door 110 is streamlined, attractive, and provides better usability for most drivers who will use their Defender for daily driving needs. Rumor has it there is also a three-row 130 model coming sometime in 2022.
Land Rover also rose to the demand for professionalization in the exterior trims, offering three design packs in addition to the standard option. Buyers who want some flashes of chrome can opt for the Bright Pack, which adds just a bit of silver. Plus, the Extended Bright Pack adds a little something extra with silver cladding and wheel arches. For those who want a moodier look, there’s also the Extended Black Pack. Instead of chrome, this pack gives a glossy black-finished style to the SUV.
New Tech and New Power
The 2022 Defender comes with quite a few upgrades, both under the hood and inside the cabin. Here are some of the best features:
Upgraded Engine Option
The standard engine for the 2022 Defender is a turbocharged 295-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In addition to the base model, Range Rover has introduced a 518-horsepower Supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. This engine will come in the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Carpathian Edition models. Both are powerful, but enthusiasts who want the most from their vehicle will definitely want to splurge for the upgraded engine. If you’re looking for something in between, the XS trim boasts a 395-horsepower 3.0-liter mild-hybrid gas inline six-cylinder engine is included, giving buyers three different engine options as they choose their Defender.
Improved Interior Tech
Even though what’s under the hood is impressive, it’s the interior and its tech that make the 2022 Land Rover Defender truly stand out. When you sit down inside this vehicle, you’ll notice exposed rivets on the door panels and a magnesium beam running across the dashboard. Leather and suede make the interior cabin quite attractive and comfortable, and in the V8 models, you’ll find a four-spoke steering wheel with satin chrome paddle shifters that add a luxurious look. These features give the Defender its rugged appearance and better structural integrity.
In the center of the dashboard is an impressive infotainment display. This 10inch infotainment system is equipped with Pivi Pro, a brand new interface specific to Land Rover. It’s fast and can update over the air when future releases come out. Pivi Pro also uses self-learning technology that updates to the best routes based on the driver’s driving habits and can cancel voice commands if the vehicle heads to a familiar area. This type of intuitive tech makes for an even more connected journey, giving you access to anything you need while on the road.
This Defender also has Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto included standard and has a navigation system of its own. Land Rover even added an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot with the vehicle, and wireless device charging is a new perk with this model.
Safety and Comfort Tech
Technology doesn’t always have to mean entertainment, gadgets, and the latest and greatest in all things navigation and information. Some of it can be for comfort and convenience, too. Underneath the large infotainment display, a dashboard extension holds the climate control and driving mode buttons. There is also a center stack shift lever that has been put in an intuitive place, so it feels natural to the driver. In addition, an impressive array of standard features add to the luxury comforts of this vehicle. For example, buyers who upgrade to the XS will find that the vehicle has both heated and cooled front seats, and the interior cabin benefits from an air ionization system with a PM 2.5 filtration system, improving the indoor air quality of the SUV.
Plus, for those concerned about the safety features, this vehicle has adaptive cruise control and a lane-departure warning system, in addition to automated emergency braking with a pedestrian detection system for a well-rounded and upgraded safety profile.
Looking for something that can be taken off-road but still contains the rugged elegance that a luxury vehicle demands? The Defender offers an advanced-duty off-roading system that is available on all trims and models. With its adjustable air suspension and locking differentials, this option makes the Defender a great choice for even the most rugged environments.
What People Are Saying About It
Since the 2022 Land Rover Defender hasn’t quite hit the dealership showrooms, few people have had the chance to drive one. However, Car and Driver indicates the new Land Rover Defender is one of the most capable SUVs on the market. It combines luxury with refined handling on and off-road, providing both a comfortable ride and rugged performance. This combination makes it a vehicle worth waiting for as it comes to market in the next few months.
Overall, the 2022 Land Rover has some distinctive upgrades, especially when it comes to luxury finishes and tech. A more powerful engine and more personalization options mean this luxury SUV will catch the eye of the most distinguished buyers. However, it remains true to the Land Rover legacy in that it offers options that work for off-roading in addition to a luxurious ride for day-to-day driving.