2020 Defender

OPENING AND CLOSING THE TAILDOOR

WARNING

While the taildoor is open, the locking latch is exposed. The taildoor latch incorporates a soft-close mechanism to pull the taildoor to its fully closed position. Do not attempt to manually close the latch, as it may also automatically soft-close and trap items or body parts.

WARNING

Do not drive with an open taildoor at any time. Driving with an open taildoor obscures the rear lights. Also, driving with an open taildoor may result in persons or luggage falling from the vehicle. In either case, death or serious injury may occur.

WARNING

An open taildoor obscures the rear lights. If available, place a warning triangle at a suitable distance behind the vehicle, facing toward oncoming traffic. See WARNING TRIANGLE.

CAUTION

Make sure there is sufficient space behind and at the side of the vehicle before operating the taildoor. Insufficient opening space may result in damage to the vehicle.

CAUTION

Do not operate the taildoor if a cycle rack is fitted to the vehicle. Remove any cycles and/or racks before operating the taildoor. Improper use of cycle racks may cause damage to the vehicle.

CAUTION

Make sure the taildoor is fully closed before the vehicle is driven, to prevent damage to the vehicle.

For further information regarding proper use of the taildoor, refer to the taildoor label. See LABEL LOCATIONS.

Opening the taildoor:

  1. Press the button on the rear of the handle to release the latch.

  2. Pull to open the taildoor.

NOTES

The taildoor handle releases if all of the doors are unlocked and the gear selector is in the Park (P) position. With the gear selector in the Neutral (N) position, the taildoor releases only if all of the doors are unlocked. Also, the ignition must be in convenience mode or switched off. The taildoor handle does not operate the taildoor if the gear selector is in any other position. See CONVENIENCE MODE.

To close the taildoor, move it to the closed position. The taildoor automatically soft-closes to the fully closed position.

CAUTION

Do not slam the taildoor as damage to the soft-close mechanism may result.

The taildoor can also be released using the following methods:

NOTES

The taildoor does not release if the vehicle is travelling at, or above, approximately 5 km/h (3 mph).

NOTES

If the smart key remains inside the loadspace when the vehicle is locked and the alarm is set, a warning is given. The warning indicates a mislock and the taildoor unlatches after approximately 3 seconds.

NOTES

If the taildoor is pushed to a closed position, the vehicle searches for a valid smart key at the rear of the vehicle. If a valid smart key is not detected within 1.5 m of the rear of the vehicle, the taildoor re-opens and an audible mislock warning sounds. Additionally the taildoor re-opens with an audible mislock warning sound if any smart key remains inside the vehicle when the taildoor is closed.

NOTES

The smart key may not be detected if it is shielded by metal and/or devices with LCD screens. For example, a smartphone, a laptop or a games console.

NOTES

Make sure the taildoor is fully closed before leaving the vehicle unattended. Visible and audible warnings indicate if the vehicle is locked and the alarm armed. If there are no visible or audible warnings upon closing the taildoor, the vehicle may be unprotected.

90 Commercial variant:

An interior release for the taildoor is located on the vehicle's left side D-pillar.