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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Production years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Land Rover introduced the last update for the Defender lineup in 2012, before completely retiring it in 2106 when the car couldn't pass the Euro6 standards anymore.

Born out of necessities in the late '40s, the Land Rover was a utility/family transportation vehicle that was constantly updated on the years to come several times. After it was named Series I, II, and III, the vehicle sported the name 90/110, according to the version's wheelbase. Come 1990, and the car got a new name: Defender. That version was constantly upgraded.

For the 2012 model year, the Defender got a slightly restyled front fascia, with black trims around the headlights. The slatted grille was the same and still made from plastic. The bumper, though, was still from solid metal. But the rearview mirrors were still black and only manually adjustable by rocking them from the outside.

Inside, the 2012 Defender couldn't be too much upgraded. As an option, it featured sort of an infotainment system, with a screen bolted atop the center stack. An AC unit blew cold air only through the mid-vents. In the instrument cluster, the old dials sported silver surroundings and green illumination.

The most important upgrade was under the hood, where the Defender 90 got a 2.2-liter, Ford sourced turbodiesel. It was an evolution of the powerplant installed in the Ford Transit utility vehicle, upgraded to Euro 5 emission standards. The only transmission available was a six-speed manual and a two-speed transfer case that sent the power in all corners.

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LAND ROVER Defender 90 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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  • 2.2L TD 6MT (122 HP)
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LAND ROVER Defender 90 2.2L TD 6MT (122 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L TD 6MT (122 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2198 cm3
Power
90 KW @ 3500 RPM
122 HP @ 3500 RPM
121 BHP @ 3500 RPM
Torque
266 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
361 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
90 mph (145 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Solid Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/85R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.3 in (3894 mm)
Width
70.5 in (1791 mm)
Height
79.6 in (2022 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.5/58.5 in (1,486/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
92.9 in (2360 mm)
Ground Clearance
9.8 in (249 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3904 lbs (1771 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5523 lbs (2505 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
266 g/km
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