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Land Rover Defenders Come to the Rescue

  • New Land Rover Defender pair drag a stricken 20-tonne truck to safety
  • Prime mover and semi-trailer were stuck in Namibia’s feared Namib desert
  • ‘International Rescue’, Land Rover style

March 18, 2020: Sydney, Aust
A pair of new Land Rover Defender 110s in Namibia for a pre-launch media expedition, have rescued a truck driver whose semi-trailer was stuck in the country’s infamous Namib Desert.

The Land Rover media team, in the south-west African country to put the new Defender 110 through its paces in the 2,000 kilometre-long, 200 kilometre-wide Namib ahead of its April long-lead press launch, encountered the marooned truck and its driver while scouting-out a video shoot location.

After rescuing the unfortunate driver, who had been stranded in the remote desert with little to eat and drink and no communication with the outside world for three days, crews aboard the new Defender 110s – a D240 SE and a P400 S - quickly hooked-up snatching ropes to the prime mover and hauled it from the sand.

Armed only with their new Land Rover Defender 110s, strong ropes and resourcefulness the Land Rover team managed to free the semi from the dry, sandy riverbed.

New Land Rover Defender has a claimed 3,500 kilogram towing capacity but with the Scania prime mover and its tri-axle trailer weighing around 20 tonnes (20,000 kilograms) it is likely the Defenders may have exceeded their official towing capacity - and all on a slippery, sandy surface.

Photo-journalist Damian Blakemore, who was part of the Land Rover Defender team in Namibia, described the rescue as: “International Rescue, New Defender style”.

Posting on Facebook, Damian said: “The driver and his truck had been stuck in this dry riverbed for three days, miles from anywhere. What a car! What a team!”

All-new Land Rover Defender 110 five-door will go on sale in Australia in August with pricing starting from $69,990 (plus on-road costs).

The new short wheelbase Defender 90 First Edition P400 will follow in October with the full three-door Defender 90 range expected to be available from December. Pricing for the Defender 90 First Edition and the remainder of the range will be announced closer to the launch date.

Engine choices for the new Land Rover Defender will start with a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine developing 147 kilowatts of power and 430 Newton metres of torque. A higher specification 2.0 litre, turbo-diesel developing 177kW and 430Nm will also be available.

A 3.0 litre, inline six-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine developing 297kW and 550Nm and featuring Land Rover’s advanced mild hybrid technology, will also be available.