New Land Rover Defender

An all new design and hybrid power options are mooted for the New Land Rover Defender

Murray Scullion
May 3, 2019

Armies, farmers...The Queen. What do they share in common? Their love of the Land Rover Defender of, course. Like Her Maj or having a fight in a kebab shop, the original Defender is a British institute.

This new model, to some, won’t be, as it will be made in Slovakia. After the Discovery, it'll be the second Land Rover to be made here. Luddites are annoyed by the move from Solihull to central Europe, and internet commenters are even more annoyed that the new Defender is moving slightly away from its rudimentary beginnings.

It will slot in the Land Rover Range between the Discovery and Discovery Sport when it goes on sale in 2020 for around £40,000.

Development for the car is well underway, and nearly complete. At the moment, Land Rover is testing Defenders in Kenya with the British Wildlife conservation organisation, Tusk Trust.

2020 Land Rover Defender interior

2020 Land Rover Defender technology

2020 Land Rover Defender design

2020 Land Rover Defender model range

2020 Land Rover Defender engine range

Alternatively, keep scrolling to read the latest news on the car, or take a look at the latest Land Rover discounts for the outgoing model, which are expected to become more generous as the new car comes closer to production.

Highlights include

  • Unparalleled off-roading ability
  • New interior and dashboard touchscreen
  • Long-wheelbase & short-wheelbase variants
  • Latest driver assistance technology

Key facts

2020 Land Rover Defender reveal date Late 2019 (estimated)
2020 Land Rover Defender price from £40,000 (estimated)
2020 Land Rover Defender on sale date Late 2019/Early 2020 (estimated)
2020 Land Rover Defender deliveries 2020 (estimated)

2020 Land Rover Defender interior

Land Rover hasn’t released any interior information yet. However, one prototype cabin picture was leaked on Twitter, although has since been deleted.

That picture showed a digital dashboard, as well as an integrated touchscreen media system. It also showed what the automatic gearbox might look. It does without a lever perched on top of a transmission tunnel. Instead, the gear selector is mounted on the dashboard itself to make more room for passengers.

Stop and go were written on the brake and accelerator pedals in the picture, although it’s unlikely this will make it into production cars.

 

2020 Land Rover Defender technology

This will be the most technologically advanced Defender yet, although admittedly, that isn’t saying much.

Inside, a touchscreen infotainment system will house software tech, but it's the hardware we know most about.

The Slovakian plant where it’s being made specialises in lightweight vehicles, and the Defender will be a relative featherweight due to its aluminium body built on an aluminium chassis.

 

2020 Land Rover Defender design

Official teaser photos, and spy photos of Defenders have been seen by BaC. Short wheelbase versions look compact, but the long wheelbase models look similar in size to the Land Rover Discovery.

Fans of the previous Defender will recognise the same boxy silhouette, especially in the side profile. Although, like the rest of us, the ravages of time have resulted in slightly softer and rounder edges.

The front lights are circular, and the rear are small and rectangular, aping the old car too.

 

2020 Land Rover Defender model range

The Defender range will be split from the very beginning between short (near in picture) and long-wheelbase models (far in picture).

Trim levels are yet to be confirmed, but Land Rover is planning to introduce Defender variations to the lineup. There will likely be three flavours; utility, luxury, and performance.

 

2020 Land Rover Defender engines

With Land Rover’s long history of favouring diesels, it’s expected that the majority of Defender sales will be powered by the black pump.

Land Rover says the Defender will have a “balanced” engine portfolio, and development cars spotted testing in the UK have been powered by a 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines.

Land Rover has also gone on record saying that all of its vehicles will be electrified in some way by 2020. So expect mild-hybrids.

2020 Land Rover Defender review

No one from outside the company has driven one yet, but Land Rover is confident in its ability.

745,645 miles of development testing have already been accrued. On-road dynamics have been honed at a race circuit nestled in the Eifel hills named the Nurburgring. How much that will help while tackling the A14 remains to be seen.

Off-road credibility has been earned via stints in the muddy hills of the UK, the rocky trails of Moab in Utah, and the sand dunes of Dubai.

             

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