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familymad



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2016 Defender 130 Puma 2.2 HCPU Santorini Black
Load Lane new Defender tour

Has anyone else received a booking for the new Defender launch at Solihull or Halewood? There weren’t many dates but I’m going to see it this coming Saturday? 1951 80" S1
1958 88" S2

Post #797050 7th Oct 2019 5:55am
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stanley



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United Kingdom 2011 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Orkney Grey

I received an email last week but all dates filled . May pop to Gunwharf to have a look in a fortnight

Post #797054 7th Oct 2019 6:12am
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familymad



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Ok,

Will take shots and give an update on it all. 1951 80" S1
1958 88" S2

Post #797063 7th Oct 2019 7:40am
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familymad



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2016 Defender 130 Puma 2.2 HCPU Santorini Black

**** if allowed **** Whistle 1951 80" S1
1958 88" S2

Post #797064 7th Oct 2019 7:41am
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Tim in Scotland



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Yes I also received an email last week, posted in another thread, decided not to go as it’s too far to travel to either location for a 2 hour factory trip. I’m sure i’ll Get to see a whole load of them sitting unsold in the compound at my local dealership this rural area being an area where most new Defenders used to be sold to farmers and utility companies not to wannabe adventurers or commuters. Epsom Green Tdi300 County Hard Top converted into a Station Wagon
Departed - RRS2 HSE Dynamic replaced by Mini Countryman PHEV

Post #797066 7th Oct 2019 8:03am
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joss007



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I had the email and within seconds all of the slots I could make were filled, I complained and they have now arranged for me to go on Sunday morning.

Post #797427 9th Oct 2019 3:43pm
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familymad



Member Since: 13 Dec 2011
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2016 Defender 130 Puma 2.2 HCPU Santorini Black

Thumbs Up 1951 80" S1
1958 88" S2

Post #797455 9th Oct 2019 6:29pm
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Ramsay



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United Kingdom 1995 Defender 110 300 Tdi CSW Auto Keswick Green

I’m going on Saturday as well. The one at the end of the afternoon. 1995 Defender 110 CSW
1971 SIIA Lightweight

Post #797493 9th Oct 2019 8:20pm
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familymad



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2016 Defender 130 Puma 2.2 HCPU Santorini Black

Might see you then Thumbs Up 1951 80" S1
1958 88" S2

Post #797832 12th Oct 2019 10:20am
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ids



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Any good ? I'm going tomorrow ?

Post #797852 12th Oct 2019 3:30pm
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Ramsay



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United Kingdom 1995 Defender 110 300 Tdi CSW Auto Keswick Green

Well you get very nice snacks.
50 mins of marketing talk to tell you how brilliant it is.
50 mins of hands on. First RHD vehicle I have seen.
Brilliant back door which is assisted so can stay open in any position.
Ground clearance looks great in high mode.
Though mud flaps seem vulnerable to damage.
Good second row seat legroom. Luggage area third row seats seems small.
Doors seem huge and will present problems in car parks as whole vehicle is wide.
The ex D4 owners were loving it. As no sign of release date for full hybrid I am much more ambivalent.














 1995 Defender 110 CSW
1971 SIIA Lightweight

Post #797890 12th Oct 2019 8:32pm
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familymad



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2016 Defender 130 Puma 2.2 HCPU Santorini Black

Silver vehicle was the one used in promo shots and had dirt and dust in all the right places. Green is a HSE so not available at launch. The silver one was early in pre pro build and the HSE was a big step up in build quality and material quality. The plastics were softer and flooring more rubberised. Only 4 110’s currently built Shocked

Rear 6&7 seats were Disco Sport sized and a little disappointing. The view over the bonnet from the drivers seat looks pure Defender and the high sided waistline gives a real feeling of invincibility. The interior is a win with just the right amount of exposed metal and industrial looking fastenings. The rear door is a win. It didn’t feel that big inside considering the overall size of the thing.

The 20” wheels on the silver vehicle looked right shod with MTR Duratech’s whereas the HSE all season’s didn’t quite have the same effect. Wheel arch protectors look great as do the big mud flaps and fake A bar.

So big question. Was it desirable and a Defender like my previous 14 110’s? Tricky, it didn’t win my heart over but I can see it being an incredible vehicle and wins the head over other products on the market. It feels built to withstand hard family life but didn’t make me feel it will withstand time like the old one.

I’m torn and not sure I need or want one, but could definitely use one. The previous Defender was always wanted and I bought most of them even when I didn’t need one.

Does that make any sense?!



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 1951 80" S1
1958 88" S2

Post #797900 12th Oct 2019 10:12pm
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Sulisuli



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United Kingdom 2015 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 HT Corris Grey

Ramsay and familymad thanks for the pics Thumbs Up Being a sewage diver at least I know how deep the 💩 will be at work today.
2015 HT XS 90
2008 SVX 90
2000 XS TD5 90

Post #797901 12th Oct 2019 10:22pm
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AndrewS



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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 130 Puma 2.2 SW Rimini Red

I'm at Solihull tomorrow at 9.00 anyone else going in the morning? 130's have feeling's as well you know Smile

Post #797924 13th Oct 2019 8:11am
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markb110



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England 2002 Defender 90 Td5 HT Epsom Green

As you are going there, during the 50 minute marketing waffle (best in class, sand dunes, wading, towing blah blah blah). Can you ask them to drive you to the nearest open and multistory car park and demonstrate parking the thing.

The reason I ask is that as per my recent post elsewhere it took me three attempts to park my wife's Velar in a carpark in Godalming last week before I could actually get out of the car. Even then that was because the euro box to my right was small. The opposite driver would never have got back into their car.

The Velar is wide, the new Defender is wider! New owners won't be offroading or dune bashing, they will be doing normal day to day things.

Post #797930 13th Oct 2019 9:32am
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