Famous British carmaker Land Rover announced the comeback of its legendary Defender for 2020 season. The off-road beast is already being tested ahead of its release. Well, the JLR is not giving too many official details. The only thing we know is that 2020 Land Rover Defender re-attains its classic boxy shape. Besides that, the vehicle will come to the US to compete with Toyota 4Runner and probably Ford Bronco. Other details are speculations which are yet to be confirmed by the company.
The off-road 4×4 model was very popular during the 80s and 90s. However, the company discontinued it in 2014 because of slow sales. Now, after the short break, Defender is ready for a comeback. The JLR group is serious in this intention. The 2020 Land Rover Defender will take the classic look with modern cues. As boxy as ever, the SUV is there for toughest missions on various terrains.
According to spy photos and a teaser image, the new 2020 Land Rover Defender will be built on the DC100 concept. We could see the preview of this platform back in 2011. Back then, DC was too futuristic. Now, eight years later it brings back the mean off-road SUV. Of course, differences from the concept and reality will be numerous. For now, we can’t claim all the details. But, the teaser photos show that the shape of the production model will be pretty similar to the concept. Well, initial reports said the new DC100 Defender should have arrived in 2015. We can now witness the company didn’t fulfill the expectations.
2020 Land Rover Defender Spy Photos, Teasers
JLR failed to deliver the new Defender back in 2015. But now, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is almost certain. Even the company released an official statement about its production with a teaser image. Also, we can see it is going to use a five-door layout. Furthermore, the camouflage unveils only the hashtag “best 4×4 so far”. We must wait to see what does it mean. Without questions, the Defender will be capable of an off-road drive. But there are also other models to beat to take the title. At first place, it is Toyota 4Runner with TRP package. Also, the new Ford Bronco is the vehicle we don’t know too much. Some reports say it will be 4×4 SUV with Raptor engine.
Well, fans of the Land Rover vehicles are not expecting anything but the best from this company. So, the upcoming Defender has a lot of things to accomplish. The expectations are high, but JLR is rarely missing to deliver. With 2020 Land Rover Defender they can’t fail, especially if they aim to make an off-roader. To be better from the competition, the carmaker must make a stunning move. One thing is sure, the interior of the new Defender is going to be luxurious. Well, the DC100 concept was too futuristic. While some of the exterior details can be useful for the upcoming model, the cockpit will need more of the classic approach. Well, the old-school dashboard in combination with new elements will be a hit.
2020 Land Rover Defender Interior
While the exterior of the DC100 concept could be modern nowadays, the cockpit is still not possible. Large touchscreen dashboard would be too much. The 2020 Land Rover Defender will be more functional. However, we will see the latest features Land Rover is using on its premium models. Advanced voice commands and leather all over the place are certain. As said, the SUV will be a five-seater. Furthermore, since this is an off-road vehicle, the company will have to work on comfort. We will see what will be under the hood of the SUV and if the company can cut the noises in the cabin.
Experts are already weighing options about the possible engines. Of course, JLR is not giving such details. Sadly, there is no a leaking source to give us some clues. The 2020 Land Rover Defender could use a V8 or some turbo V6 engine. Expect high outputs. That is pretty predictable, as well as the premium equipment for the interior. What’s more, the new Defender could take advantage of the PHEV system available for the Range Rover Sport. Surprisingly, this four-cylinder unit is capable to burst out 400 horsepower. Well, we believe the new Defender doesn’t need so much energy.
2020 Land Rover Defender Release Date
The new 2020 Land Rover Defender could come any time. Tests are showing the model that is near the production. Also, the company announced it. So, everything is set for debut. However, it is happening a few months before the Defender enters the salons. First units of the new 4×4 vehicle will roll out late in 2019. The price is going to be hefty. The combination of off-road features and premium equipment will increase the cost, especially if the SUV is going to use a PHEV drivetrain.