Automotive / Buyer's Guide | Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Defender: which 4X4 icon will you choose? – L'

For reasons that we all know, manufacturers must now offer us vehicles that pollute less and whose penalty is not going to disappear.

Passing through the hybridization box is mandatory. Even icons go through this.

Technically very advanced, the two machines highlight the respective know-how of the brands, their off-road skills and their greater respect for the environment; while claiming performances that call for respect.

A 400 horsepower match

About 390 horsepower for the Jeep Wrangler and 404 reported horsepower for the Land Rover Defender; The stage is set.

On the outside, the Wrangler remains true to its American image and its billhook-cut shapes.

For the Defender, we can speak of a homecoming with very clean lines reminiscent of, in thinner, those of the first opus.

The only notable difference is that the Defender adopts a unibody body compared to the traditional scale chassis of the Wrangler.

The same technology

The Defender P400e has a 2.0L turbo petrol engine with 300 hp and an electric motor developing 105 hp placed alongside the 2.0 liter.

A total output of 404 hp and a 19.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery that can be recharged to 80% in 30 minutes with a 50 kW charger.

Maximum torque: 640 Nm. The Wrangler 4xe has power divided between the 2.0l turbo petrol engine and two electric motors, the power of which is generated by a 17 kWh battery. The torque is 637 Nm.

A pure and tough Jeep

Rigid front and rear axles, short gears, a fully articulated suspension and a 3-inch ford are very classic characteristics of a Jeep product.

But the Wrangler 4xe is also capable of delivering 100% electric daily trips.

As the European homologation is not complete, we just know that the performance according to the US standards is around 40 km.

Power is transmitted to the wheels by an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

The Defender plays technology

The Defender 110 P400e comes standard with electronic air suspension.

With its aluminum monocoque structure three times more rigid than the classic ladder frame and independent suspensions, the Defender must gain in versatility.

Electronics are omnipresent, between driving aids, 4×4 system management and infotainment system.

Thanks to its capacities of 43 km in electric mode, the P400e can use short gears in pure electric mode.

Five doors and up to 6 seats

The Defender 110 (long) P400e is available in five-seater and six-seater versions, with three-zone automatic climate control and tinted windows.

The PHEV version benefits from regeneration under braking. Note that the hybrid version will not be available in short version Defender 90.

The Jeep Wrangler is also marketed in a 5-seater version with numerous possibilities for customization thanks to Mopar parts available as an option.

Adventure around the corner

The new Wrangler 4xe is available in three finishes: 4xe, Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe.

The first two are fitted with constant-mesh 4×4 systems and the Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case.

The rear self-locking is optional. On the Rubicon, the Rock-Trac 4×4 system features a two-speed transfer case offering 4: 1 gear reduction and electric axle locking.

The e-selec driving mode selection system allows you to choose 100% electric mode.

Two philosophies

The Wrangler plays the adventurer mode based on proven and old technologies aided by electronics while the Defender relies on new technologies like the resolutely modern design of the freestanding hull to bring a different approach to adventure.

If the Defender is announced around € 75,000, we will have to wait until the beginning of 2021 to know the prices.

In any case, the technological record seems in favor of the Defender.

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