In a surprising incident, a Land Rover Defender 110 found itself stranded in the middle of a waterlogged road, much to the dismay of its owner – Aditya Pratap Singh, son of former MLA Ravindra Pratap Singh. Despite the Defender’s renowned capability to wade through water up to 900mm deep, it simply shut off in approximately 200mm of water, which didn’t even reach the wheel hubs.
While the exact cause of the Defender’s failure in this particular instance is unknown, it is speculated that the complex electronics and sensor systems that modern high-end luxury cars are equipped with may have played a role. Unlike mass-segment vehicles, where one can simply inspect under the hood for issues, luxury cars often require computer diagnostics to pinpoint problems.
It is also possible that a drop of water entered the vehicle’s air intake, triggering the engine to shut off to prevent hydrostatic lock. Although the Defender is designed to handle extreme water depths, even a small amount of water on sensitive electronics can pose a problem. However, such occurrences are rare.
The Land Rover Defender, which recently made a comeback after decades, has gained popularity in India. It boasts impressive off-road capabilities, including a ground clearance of 291mm, a 38-degree approach angle, and a 40-degree departure angle. It can traverse water depths of up to 900mm and has a roof load capacity of 300 kg and a towing capacity of 3,500 kg.
Inside the cabin, the Defender offers a premium feel, featuring a 10-inch touchscreen and the latest Pivi Pro infotainment system from Land Rover.
Despite this unexpected incident, the Land Rover Defender continues to be a favorite among off-road enthusiasts for its ruggedness and extreme capabilities. Further investigations are required to determine the exact reason behind this particular incident.
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