Land Rover Defender, in today’s era of intelligent cars, can be regarded as a standard anomaly – hand-cranked windows, mechanical rearview mirrors, round headlights, time seems to be frozen in the 1980s. At the same time, the super adaptability in extreme environments and the minimalist design style make lovers crazy, but also make haters avoid it. Today, I will take you to learn about an off-road RV based on the modified Land Rover Defender, which may allow you to have a new option in the multiple-choice question of “off-road vehicle or RV”.
The Defender touring car modified based on the Land Rover Defender 130 pickup also inherits the rough and practical style of the Defender. The appearance is sharp and angular, full of mechanical sense, and the RV part of the upper body also has obvious characteristics of the Land Rover Defender family: square and stylish, simple structure. With a body length of less than 6 meters, anyone with a C driver’s license can drive.
Compared with the Defender 130, the front face of the Defender touring car has not changed. The large air intake grille, the retro round headlights, the undisguised anti-collision steel beams and the LOGO of the Land Rover family are displayed on the air intake grille. .
The round headlights and small lights are designed with a strong sense of retro. Of course, the headlights are not equipped with the IED and xenon headlights that are popular on high-end cars now, and are still halogen lamps.
Inherited the powerful gene of Land Rover Defender in terms of off-road performance, the non-load-bearing body structure also allows it to maintain strong off-road performance after installing the components of the RV. The approach angle of 49° and the departure angle of 34° allow RV travel and off-road tight bond.
Continental’s 235/85 R15 semi-steel wire all-terrain tires have an aspect ratio of 85% and can handle various complex terrains.
The square RV rear is slightly simple, and the lighting design is also a retro round light. The disadvantage is that there is no high-mounted brake light, and the angle at the corner is too sharp.
The roof is designed for lifting, and the top is stowed when driving. There will be noise when driving on non-paved roads, but it doesn’t affect much.
Purely mechanical rearview mirrors need to be adjusted manually separately. As for the electric heating and automatic defogging that are common in modern cars, don’t think about it. But the simplest is reliable when in the field.
Equipped with a 2.2L diesel turbocharged engine, it adopts a rare 5-cylinder engine design and a 6-speed manual transmission. Its power is 140Kw and the torque can reach 420N•m. As an off-road vehicle full of torque and power, as a slow-paced RV, the sturdy performance of the Land Rover Defender should bring a new experience.
This cab does not seem to be a product of this era. From the design style to the materials, it clearly has the style of the end of the last century. As an off-road vehicle, simplicity is reliability. Is such a design really necessary as an RV?
Hand-cranked windows. Hope you will like this “old” design.
The cases and knobs on the center console are all mechanical structures and have a lot of reserved buttons with modified designs.
Restricted by the space, the space in the rear is somewhat cramped. The overall layout and details of the design are very careful. The door and toilet, kitchen and refrigerator are arranged on both sides. At the back are deck sofas and beds.
Dometic’s gas and sink integrated kitchen can make simple meals in the car. However, there is no range hood installed inside the RV, so when cooking indoors, you need to pay attention to the problem of oil fume.
The circular card seat sofa adopts a common dual-purpose design, which can be used for meeting guests and entertaining people during the day. Lower the table top at night to create a double bed. Another double bed can be created by pulling down the top hardtop.
The windows on the soft top of the roof adopt a zipper design, which has strong practical functions, but the thermal insulation and sealing performance may have to be compromised.
The upper part of the 50-liter Thetford refrigerator is the monitoring panel and 220V socket for the power supply in the car, and several USB ports are specially designed for those who use the screen.
The one-piece toilet solves the “urgent need” of outdoor travel. Due to the raised roof design, the top of the toilet is not sealed. So it is inevitable that there will be some inconvenience when using it.
Based on the Land Rover Defender 130 with strong off-road performance, it is a bold design to refit a RV. The birth of this RV is the same as that of the Land Rover Defender. Those who like it are crazy about it, and those who don’t like it scoff at it. But as far as the RV itself is concerned, the Defender chassis solves the embarrassment that most RVs cannot go on non-paved roads, and greatly improves the handling performance. However, as an off-road vehicle for off-road purposes, the Defender RV is not high in terms of driving comfort or the comfort of the RV itself. As for the final choice, I am afraid that consumers need to consider it by themselves.