We finally get a good look at the 2020 Land Rover Defender, courtesy of an official video. The video shows the new car being tested in its natural habitat as a part of Tusk program in Kenya. The new Defender was also spotted testing in India the last month for the first time. It will make its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
2020 Land Rover Defender design
Coming to the car itself, it is covered with a unique camouflage. But no amount of camouflage can hide the extremely boxy and squared off look of the 2020 Defender. It is in all sense a serious designed to tackle the roughest of terrains car. It can also be seen with a raised air intake to allow it to waddle through deep water puddles. The front is as minimalist and practical as it can get. Being an off-road machine, it also has excellent approach and descent angles.
The rear of the car also screams function over form. There is no taper or curve in sight. It is just a flat square rear section which also houses the spare tire. The wheel arches are also big enough to allow a wide range of wheel articulation. The 2020 Defender also gets a fully-independent rear suspension. This will, in theory, make it much better to drive off-road compared to its predecessor.
The new Defender will also get a four-wheel drive system as standard. This is obvious considering Land Rover says this is the best 4×4 yet. It is also expected to arrive in two variants – a five-door version with a longer wheelbase and a shorter three-door version. Both will be powered by 2.0-liter petrol or diesel engines.
In the testing, the SUV was put through a multitude of real-life tests. This includes forded rivers, pulled heavily loaded trailers and extremely tough terrain. Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “‘We are now in the advanced stages of the new Defender’s testing and development phase. Working with our partners at Tusk in Kenya enabled us to gather valuable performance data. The Borana reserve features a wide range of challenging environments, making it a perfect place to test to the extreme the all-terrain attributes of the new Defender.”