New £40k Land Rover Defender 90 to get three-seat front row

Land Rover’s relaunched Defender 90 will offer the unusual facility of a Fiat-Multipla-style three-abreast front row.

The company hopes the latest addition to the new Defender range will build on the success of the 110 variant, which has apparently exceeded order expectations since going on sale.

List prices for the shorter wheelbase 90 start at £40,290 – roughly £5,000 cheaper than the 110.

Commercial derivatives are likely to arrive later this year and will cost from £35,000. A plug-in hybrid power train is also scheduled to launch before 2021.

Landrover Defender on flooded road

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The layout of the three-door, six-seat Defender 90 means it can accommodate six occupants in the relatively compact body length of a family hatchback.

When not in use, the seat back folds to form a front armrest and storage space.

The cheapest D200 models, of which there are three, are powered by a 200hp, two-litre diesel and have an all-wheel-drive automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box. In base spec, these come with 18in steel wheels, a 10in touchscreen and coil-sprung suspension.

Pokier D240 versions get 240hp from the same block, while there’s also a two-litre, 300hp petrol – the P300 – that starts at £43,345.

The range-topper, and most certainly not a farm-spec vehicle, is the 400hp P400, for which you’ll have to part with at least £75,475.

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