Land Rover’s flagship off-roader will launch with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty – even though the British brand technically hasn’t made a Mercedes-matching warranty permanent just yet.
Jaguar, Land Rover, and Range Rover announced a five-year warranty offer in April, and haven’t yet ended the promotion.
Although the five-year coverage isn’t permanent, a spokesperson confirmed it still applies to all new and demonstrator JLR vehicles sold in Australia, including the new Defender.
Land Rover says it has no immediate plans to change back to a three-year coverage period after the Defender’s launch. JLR Australia is currently funding the longer warranty, and intends to continue offering it for as long as possible.
A three-year warranty is standard for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in other markets.
Mercedes-Benz was the first volume-selling luxury brand in Australia to move to a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty – Lexus offers four years, and low-volume challenger has offered Genesis five since launch.
BMW and Audi have stuck staunchly by their existing three-year warranties, although Audi used a five-year warranty as a promotional tool earlier this year. Volvo has since followed Mercedes-Benz to five years as well.
Along with the five-year warranty, the Defender will be offered with a five-year service plan ($1950 diesel, $2650 petrol).
The new Land Rover Defender 110 is on sale now, with the short-wheelbase Defender 90 to follow early in 2021 on the back of delays from Land Rover’s factory in Slovakia.