New Land Rover Buyers ‘Could Have To Wait A Year’

Land Rover has brought out some exciting new models recently, but getting hold of one may be more than just a matter of finding the money.

According to Cars UK, anyone wanting to buy a new Land Rover or Range Rover just now could be waiting more than a year. This is due not just to the disruption to production caused by the pandemic, but the ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips arising from the impact of the crisis on supply chains as economies gradually crank back into gear.

It notes that Land Rover is “being upfront” about the issues, and indeed the firm has provided guidance on its website about how the chip shortage is impacting on supply, so nobody can claim that they weren’t warned.

This means that a new Defender 90, for example, will come with a wait time of between nine and 12 months, while the Defender 110 situation is not quite so bad, but still entails a six-month wait. For a Range Rover Evoque, the delay is expected to be over a year.

All this might prompt Land Rover fans to seek to do more with the existing models they own. Land Rover engine rebuild specialists can offer an alternative way of getting more power under the bonnet.

The updates on the delays come at a time when Land Rover has launched two new versions this week, the MY23 Defender and the new limited edition Discovery.

In the latter case, the Metropolitan Discovery is on sale for £73,250 and features elements like privacy glass and a sliding roof, 22-inch diamond alloy wheels and silver bumper inserts. It also comes with a heated steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charger.

The new Defender includes a D250 straight-six 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel engine, which offers a 3.0-litre turbocharged unit providing 247bhp.

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