• Top result: New Defender achieves maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
• Safety first: Premium 4x4 scored 85 per cent for Child Occupant protection and 79 per cent for Safety Assist on its way to a five-star overall performance
• Critical acclaim: The unstoppable new Defender has won 28 international awards and features Autonomous Emergency Braking technology capable of detecting pedestrians and cyclists
• Defender family: Line-up includes the new Defender 110 and Defender 90.
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Steve Kenchington, General Manager, Land Rover New Zealand said: “The Defender is not only an outstanding vehicle that has achieved great sales success and media attention since launch, it is now recognised as an incredibly safe one. Five-star safety is a benchmark for all of our vehicles, having the Defender recognised by NCAP is a nod to the Land Rover engineers hard work in perfecting this vehicle.”

Whitley, UK, 9 December 2020 – The award-winning new Defender has earned another five-star review – this time from the safety experts at Euro NCAP. Land Rover’s most capable and durable model ever has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the latest round of test results.

The Defender family combines state-of-the-art safety features with an ultra-stiff aluminium-intensive body construction engineered to cope with rugged landscapes and provide excellent safety credentials. Clever technologies include Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Rear Collision Monitor.

Six airbags protect the driver and passengers, while up to three ISOFIX mounting points are available. New Defender scored 85 per cent for Adult and Child Occupant protection, 79 per cent for Safety Assist and achieved a 71 per cent score for Vulnerable Road Users on its way to a five-star overall rating.

Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “From the moment we started creating the New Defender, we were obsessed with functional safety and the protection of both the occupants and other road users. We set out to make a vehicle that is the most capable and durable Land Rover ever made, with safety features that truly enhance the driver’s experience. It’s an incredible honour to receive this recognition from Euro NCAP who have endorsed our New Defender with their five-star rating.”

Euro NCAP tested a new Defender 110, the capable Land Rover family also includes the compact Defender 90, arriving in New Zealand from April 2021.

Following its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, Land Rover has experienced unprecedented demand for the new 4x4. This has been matched with critical acclaim – new Defender has won 28 international awards to date.

The comprehensive range of advanced driver assistance technologies available on Defender includes:
• Emergency Braking – Detects if a potential frontal collision with another vehicle may occur and displays a forward alert to warn the driver to brake. If the driver doesn't respond, the vehicle will deploy emergency braking to reduce the severity of the possible impact.
• Blind Spot Assist – A flashing icon in the appropriate wing mirror alerts the driver to obstacles in, or quickly approaching, your blind spot.
• 3D Surround Camera – Assists the driver during low-speed manoeuvres using advanced camera technology to provide a 3D view of Defender in its environment on the central PIVI Pro display.
• Clear Exit Monitor – Warns of a possible threat when preparing to open any door from the inside using sensors in the bumper to monitor approaching traffic.
• Adaptive Cruise Control – Maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front. If the vehicle ahead stops, you will come to a smooth halt.
• Driver Condition Monitor – Senses driver fatigue by monitoring steering, brake and accelerator inputs to provide alerts when tiredness is detected.
• Lane Keep Assist – Detects unintentional lane drift and applies corrective counter-steering to maintain lane position.
• Rear Collision Monitor – If a vehicle approaching from behind is not slowing down, the vehicle will attempt to alert the approaching driver by automatically flashing the hazard lights.
• Rear Traffic Monitor – Warns of vehicles, pedestrians or other hazards approaching from either side – particularly useful when reversing out of a parking bay.
• Wade Sensing – Ultrasonic sensors in the door mirrors provide real-time information about the water depth when wading.