Round-Up: New Defender revealed, Honda E pricing details, Hyundai invests in Ionity

New Defender revealed

New Defender

The new Land Rover Defender has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, with prices starting from £35,000.

That entry-level price is for the commercial vehicle variant and excludes VAT; the cheapest normal Defender on sale now is the 110 model, which is priced from £45,240, although the company said a cheaper 90 variant will be revealed in due course.

The new Defender will be available with a wide range of powertrains including Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technologies and a range of petrol and diesel engines with the PHEV powertrain joining the range next year.

At launch, diesel power comes from a choice of four-cylinder D200 (200hp) or D240 (240hp) engines and both deliver fuel economy of 37.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 199g/km. Petrol choices are a 300hp 3.0-litre unit or a P400 MHEV powertrain. The 300HP unit emits 227g/km, while the MHEV powertrain harvests energy normally lost during deceleration and redeploys it to optimise efficiency with the six-cylinder petrol featuring both a conventional turbocharger and a 48-volt electric supercharger, with a belt-integrated starter motor in place of the alternator to assist the petrol engine, and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery to store energy captured as the vehicle slows down.

In combination, these advanced technologies provide CO2 emissions of 220g/km, Land Rover said.

Honda E prices revealed

honda e 1

Honda has confirmed its E electric vehicle will cost £26,160 for the 100kW version, rising to £28,660 for the “Advance” grade that includes further specification and a motor output increase to 113kW.

Both prices include the Government’s £3,500 Plug-In Car Grant subsidy and the firm said it expects the first vehicles to arrive next summer.

Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK, said: “Honda research has found the average European commute is approximately 30 miles making it more than sufficient. Coupled with the fast charge capability of 80% in 30 minutes and the Honda E is perfect for the urban environment. Honda e is the embodiment of the brand’s commitment to electrification and is the next step towards our electric vision for 100% of European sales to be electrified by 2025.”

Hyundai joins Ionity

Ionity Milton Keynes

Hyundai and Kia have invested in Ionity, the electric vehicle charging point company backed by BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group with Porsche.

Michael Hajesch, CEO of Ionity, said: “Ionity is pleased to welcome the new shareholder on board. Hyundai brings significant international experience and know-how with a full strategic commitment to e-mobility. The participation of new investors in Ionity is a clear signal of trust indicating that the work of our young company is already bearing fruit.”