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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Production years: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Land Rover started to give a name to its cars, so the former Series III became the Defender in 1990.

The Defender is one of the most iconic vehicles on Earth, and its first step into this world happened in 1948 when it was named Land Rover Series I. Come 1990, the British carmaker was already producing the Series III in three sizes named 90, 110, and 130, according to the vehicle's wheelbase. Thus, when it changed the nameplate, it resulted in the Defender 90, 110, and 130, respectively.

With its squared-body look and short wheelbase, the Defender 90 was clearly made more as a hard-working vehicle than a luxurious one. With its round headlights, flat front fascia, and a tiny overhang, the Defender 90 looked ready to conquer remote places on Earth. From its sides, the box-on-a-box shape featured flat panels and a slightly tilted windshield. Behind the doors, on the sides, the rear windows featured a slide-open system to ventilate the cabin. At the back, a flat vertical drop was typical for the Defender, and the side-hinged door was the only option. Unusually for an SUV, the door was flanked by two smaller windows mounted up on the rear body panel.

Inside, the flat dashboard featured a separate panel for the instruments mounted in front of the steering wheel. The front high-mounted seats offered no side support or bolstering areas, and the tall transmission tunnel separated them. In the back, Land Rover offered either side-mounted, inward-facing benches for four people or a regular bench fit for three.

Under the hood, Land Rover offered a choice of three engines: a Rover-sourced 3.5-liter V8 or a 2.5-liter turbo-diesel that provided either 112 HP or 121 HP (112 PS or 122 PS). It was mated as standard to a five-speed manual and a two-speed transfer case.

LAND ROVER Defender 90 1991-2007 13 Photos
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LAND ROVER Defender 90 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.5L V8 4AT AWD (182 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 2.5L TDI 5MT AWD (113 HP)
  • 2.5L TDi 5MT AWD (122 HP)
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LAND ROVER Defender 90 3.5L V8 4AT AWD (182 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V8 4AT AWD (182 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3947 cm3
Power
134 KW @ 4750 RPM
182 HP @ 4750 RPM
180 BHP @ 4750 RPM
Torque
232 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
314 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/80 R16 S
DIMENSIONS
Length
152.8 in (3881 mm)
Width
70.5 in (1791 mm)
Height
78 in (1981 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.7/58.7 in (1,491/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
92.9 in (2360 mm)
Ground Clearance
9 in (229 mm)
Cargo Volume
56.5 cuFT (1600 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3593.5 lbs (1630 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5291.1 lbs (2400 kg)

LAND ROVER Defender 90 2.5L TDI 5MT AWD (113 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L TDI 5MT AWD (113 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2495 cm3
Power
83 KW @ 4000 RPM
113 HP @ 4000 RPM
111 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
196 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
265 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
85.1 mph (137 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
18.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/80 R16 S
DIMENSIONS
Length
152.8 in (3881 mm)
Width
70.5 in (1791 mm)
Height
78 in (1981 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.7/58.7 in (1,491/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
92.9 in (2360 mm)
Ground Clearance
9 in (229 mm)
Cargo Volume
56.5 cuFT (1600 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3849.3 lbs (1746 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5291.1 lbs (2400 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.1 mpg US (11.7 L/100Km)
Highway
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
260 g/km

LAND ROVER Defender 90 2.5L TDi 5MT AWD (122 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L TDi 5MT AWD (122 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2495 cm3
Power
90 KW @ 4200 RPM
122 HP @ 4200 RPM
121 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 1950 RPM
300 Nm @ 1950 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
80.8 mph (130 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
17.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/80 R16 S
DIMENSIONS
Length
152.8 in (3881 mm)
Width
70.5 in (1791 mm)
Height
78 in (1981 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.7/58.7 in (1,491/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
92.9 in (2360 mm)
Ground Clearance
9 in (229 mm)
Cargo Volume
56.5 cuFT (1600 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3961.7 lbs (1797 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5621.8 lbs (2550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.4 mpg US (12.1 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
23.3 mpg US (10.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
268 g/km
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