The all-new Land Rover Defender (L663) is here in Malaysia but merely has not been launched quite yet. In fact, a small fleet of them has been spied around Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, and Ara Damansara in a sort of unofficial publicity parade.
Of course, it didn’t take long for images of the newest off-roading British SUV (in full camouflage because why not) started circulating on social media and the rest as its distinctive wrap job certainly does draw attention.
These images here were spied while the Defender, in longer wheelbase 110 form, was found roaming around the Subang Airport Industrial Park. In any case, with local testing being done so openly, we imagine a full-on launch (likely virtual, but hopefully not) is on the cards for the near future.
Interestingly, full variant breakdowns and specifications for the L663 Defender can already be found published on the Land Rover Malaysia website. If unchanged, its arrival will comprise both the three-door Defender 90 and five-door Defender 110.
For each body style, buyers will be able to choose from five trim lines with ascending levels of equipment, luxury and safety features with corresponding price points. They are the entry-level 90 or 110, and joined by the S, SE, HSE, and range-topping X.
All variants will come with LED headlights, 3D surround camera, lane keep assist, and Land Rover’s Terrain Response system. However, move up the cost ladder and niceties such as grained leather upholstery, a choice of Meridian surround sound systems, active safety, and air suspension become available.
Land Rover Malaysia will also be offering First Edition variants at launch, which will likely be in limited supply but will be fitted with pretty much the full assortment of toys and gadgets.
In terms of engines, there will be a choice of two petrols from JLR’s Ingenium range, both paired to an 8-speed automatic, kicking off with a ‘P300’ option with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 300hp and 400Nm. Above this, a P400 MHEV will consist of a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-6 paired to a mild-hybrid starter-generator electric motor for a more beastly 400hp and 550Nm.
With a launch this close, there’s bound to be plenty more news about the Defender’s Malaysian premiere, so stay tuned.