RAY MASSEY: Land Rover's new £ 40,000 Defender 4X4 is an incarnation of the 21st century original

The new Defender 4X4 from Land Rover had a dramatic appearance at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show – driving down a steeply sloping off-road ramp from British climber Kenton Cool.

It is an incarnation of the 71-year-old Defender 4X4 from the 21st century, loved by the Queen and millions of citizens alike.

It stole the show. But will it steal your heart like its predecessor?

The new Defender is tough enough to handle any adventure from school to the Serengeti. There are even six curryhooks to take along for the whole family.

Land Rover's Defender 4X4 made a dramatic showing at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show

Land Rover's Defender 4X4 made a dramatic showing at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show

It is the modern successor of 1948 built by Solihull Land Rover. Two main versions are available for launch: the three-door Defender 90 for £ 40,000 and the five-door Defender 110 for £ 45,240 to £ 78,000 for the Defender X top-of-the-line.

A smart van version for rescue organizations like the Red Cross will be available from £ 35,000 plus VAT. Although the Defender was developed and constructed in the UK, it is built in Slovakia.

Some fans have complained that the new version is too expensive and not enough "easy".

The former aging Defender had to cease production in 2016 as it was too costly to be almost hand-crafted, unable to keep pace with safety and emissions regulations, and sold far too little to be profitable.

The latest Defender used in the new Bond movie No Time To Die has many stylistic and practical hints reminiscent of the original.

A central "Jump Seat" – as in the original – allows three seats in front. It promises the traditional ability to go anywhere to traverse deserts, mountains, rocky terrain and Arctic ice. It can wade through rivers and streams to a depth of 900 mm.

Thanks to a ground clearance of up to 291 mm steep slopes can be handled easily. It can haul up to 3,500 kg and has an X-ray view, which can be seen under the vehicle. a digital rearview mirror; WiFi and cyber security.

There are four accessory packages: Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. The diesel engines promise fuel consumption of up to 37.2 MPg with CO2 emissions of 199 g / km.

Chief Designer Gerry McGovern said: "The new Defender is respectful of his past but is not used by him. This is a new defender for a new age. "

The BMW Concept 4 prototype is ridiculous

Probably the ugliest face of a Frankfurt car belonged to the BMW Concept 4 prototype of the upcoming 4-Fastback, which drew a lot of ridicule and ridicule.

It's the latest in BMW's obvious obsession with giant, cartoon-like grids that are tasteless or elegant.

A leading industrial designer told me that everything is focused on the Chinese market, where over-the-top lattice is in vogue.

It's the latest in BMW's obvious obsession with giant, cartoon-like grids that are shorn with elegance

It's the latest in BMW's obvious obsession with giant, cartoon-like grids that are shorn with elegance

Due to the increasing demand for electric cars, however, it will soon appear "outdated and a little ridiculous" because electric cars have no engine and therefore do not need a grille.

Unless you can stretch out on a real Defender, Lego manufactures a miniature 1:16 scale version of the new Short Wheelbase version 90 that consists of 2,573 individual blocks and working moving parts such as the engine, transmission, steering wheel that turns the front wheels, and There is a winch – for sale October 1 at £ 159.99.

Volkswagen launches its smart new golf-size electric tailgate tail – the ID.3 – which is expected to be available for less than £ 30,000 next year

Uncovered: The Volkswagen Golf ID.3

Uncovered: The Volkswagen Golf ID.3

Volkswagen has launched its smart new golf-size electric hatchback – the ID.3 – with a "new" logo, which is expected to be available next year for less than £ 30,000.

It has a maximum range of 429 kilometers, a top speed of 150 km / h and can reach a capacity of 70 percent in half an hour with a fast charger.

Powered by a 58 kW battery that drives a 150 kW electric motor at a speed of 1, this will be a strong competitor to the Tesla 3, which costs £ 36,490 in the UK.

It looks funny and funky, with a modern high-tech dashboard, but not as spacious as VW bosses imagined.

VW boss Herbert Diess also unveiled the brand's new logo to keep it away from the 2015 Dieselgate scandal. However, I immediately recognized it as the original one-dimensional logo used when the British rescued VW after the war, resuming production.

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