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New Defender with 8,200lb towing capacity

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It's been along time coming, and it certainly isn't the classic slab-sided offroader of the past, but it packs quite a few features and it tows.  In fact, the towing assist features seem to be on par with what we've seen from Ford and GM, which is quite a surprise.  This might not look too bad in front of an Ollie. It has a surprisingly reasonable base price as well.  Of course, you can option it out probably close to $100k if you want.  But I just built an extremely capable one with all the offroad gizmos I could choose and the bigger engine and it came out almost exactly the same price as my raptor.

 

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Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

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Biggest letdown for me is no adaptive cruise unless I go for the $100k top end build option.  Second would be the 23 gallon tank feeling a little small for towing.  Other than that, looks great - nice to see some non bling wheels on an SUV.


2019 LE2 #529 expected Sep/Oct 2019


 

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I just built my dream Landrover… MSRP 244k. Lol

 

Dang, I need to step up my game.

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Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

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Biggest letdown for me is no adaptive cruise unless I go for the $100k top end build option. Second would be the 23 gallon tank feeling a little small for towing. Other than that, looks great – nice to see some non bling wheels on an SUV.

 

Yeah I had to look twice at those steel wheels.

 

You can get the adaptive cruise on the other models - just add it as a stand alone option.  I think the biggest limit on building one a la carte is that you've got to go with the SE model to get the bigger engine.  So, starting at $62 I think?

 

But actually, I just checked the specs and they say 8200lbs towing with the smaller engine.  At roughly 300hp/300lbft I guess that's doable.  It wouldn't be the peppiest tv but at least it's a turbo so it should keep its power at elevation.  With the smaller engine, I can option one out for $62k that I'd be perfectly happy with.


Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

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Tech specs for towing list the tongue weight at 330 lbs?

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2019 Legacy Elite II #488 - Delivery July 24, 2019
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I see that now.  The brochure has some different towing numbers for the smaller engine also - 7,716lbs.

 

I wonder why the low tongue weight?  Seems really low.


Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

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At the end of the build sequence.

 

Summary > Technical specifications > Towing > Maximum Coupling Point


2019 Legacy Elite II #488 - Delivery July 24, 2019
2018 F150 Platinum SC SB EB - Leer canopy

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Yeah, something isn't right there.  Other unibody SUVs have higher tongue weight limits and you'd think that with tow hooks on the back, that the rear end would have to be pretty beefy anyway.  The limit can't be the suspension since it has a 2000lb cargo capacity.  It's got to be something with their hitch, assuming the number's not a mistake.


Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

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Yeah, agreed. The Discovery's is 772 lbs.


2019 Legacy Elite II #488 - Delivery July 24, 2019
2018 F150 Platinum SC SB EB - Leer canopy

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You can get the adaptive cruise on the other models – just add it as a stand alone option.

 

I didn't scroll down enough--cool.

 

 

 

For tongue weight - I checked the German brochure and they are quoting 150KG so the 330lbs checks.   What they didn't do was figure how the US loading (10%) differs from EU (people tow here with 5% tongue weight all day).  Expect one of the two numbers to change (Towing/tongue).  Some cars get more tongue rating in the US, some get less tow rating.

 

 


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