Even though the exterior has a few similarities with the previous generation, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is all business as far as the cabin is concerned. This shows in the face with the square LED light cluster and the big central air dam.
The all-new Land Rover Defender is based on an all-new aluminium-intensive platform called the D7x, and the automaker says that its monocoque construction is the stiffest body structure to be ever produced by the firm. There are many customization options and off-roading kits available as accessories.
The screenshots seem to confirm that the Defender will launch in three-door 90 and five-door 110 body styles like the original Defender it replaces.The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban Packs each give Defender a distinct character with a specially selected range of enhancements. The SUV gets a fully independent air or coil sprung suspension and is supported by an array of electronic systems. The spare wheel is mounted on the tail gate.
With a reported 291 mm (11.45 inches) of ground clearance, a 900 mm (35.43 inches) maximum fording depth (which is five inches more than the JL Wrangler can take), and approach, break-over, and departure angles of 38 degrees, 28 degrees and 40 degrees respectively, the Defender is shaping up to be a tough competitor off road.
It is the same story inside, which sports a boxy and rugged design language that is balanced out with various modern bits and controls. The dash has 3D elements with lost of open areas and the exposed structural elements, the dash-mounted gear lever and more simple placement of the centre console buttons.
On the inside, the new Defender comes with a 4-spoke multi-function steering wheel and a digital instrument cluster. This allows the 90 to be available in five or six-seat combinations and the 110 in five, six or a 5+2 arrangement.
Powertrain options on the new Land Rover Defender will include a range of petrol and diesel engines, while a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) unit will join the range next year. The P300 is powered by 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 300PS and 400Nm while the P400 uses a 3.0-litre inline-six paired with a supercharger and 48V mild-hybrid tech. The diesel versions are the D200 and the D240. "Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable - a visually compelling 4x4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment".
"Wait, what? Nonsense! Land Rover has switched from an off-roader to a luxury SUV with all-terrain capabilities?"