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2020 Land Rover Defender: What We Know So Far

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Tough. Capable. Iconic. Three words that sum up the Defender, a timeless SUV loved by Land Rover enthusiasts all over the globe. From the moment the British automaker announced that a New Defender was in production, car lovers have kept their ears close to the ground for the highly anticipated new model.

But why is the Land Rover Defender so loved? What do we know about the New 2020 Defender? And when will it be available to test drive, order and own? We’ve answered all of your questions in our quick, go-to guide…

History of the Land Rover Defender

The Defender is often referred to as the vehicle that started it all in terms of Land Rover’s ever-increasing popularity and affiliation with adventure.

It all began in 1983, when Land Rover produced the One-Ten and Ninety, two coil-sprung 4x4s with four-cylinder engines. These models followed the original Land Rover Station Wagon (1948) and Series II and Series III models in 1950s and 70s.

Land Rover then released these new models in 1990 under a new, exciting name: Defender. Proving popular throughout the next two decades, Land Rover had no choice but to give people what they wanted: an updated edition.

Enter 2007’s major Defender evolution, which featured a major facelift to modernise the fantastic, iconic model that had grown to become synonymous with Land Rover’s rich heritage and rugged capability.

Throughout the 2010s there have been small updates, tweaks and special editions to the Defender before it ended production in 2016, but it was not until recently that a whole new model was announced, causing widespread excitement among SUV fans globally.

2020 Land Rover Defender Testing

As is the case with every new Land Rover, the New Defender is currently going through the toughest, most rigorous tests all over the world.

The new model was recently spotted in Kenya, successfully completing a demanding test that entailed Africa’s lion conservation initiatives.

2020 Land Rover DefenderTowing supplies, tracking wildlife and fording rivers, this was the ultimate test for the 2020 Defender, and it passed with flying colours.

“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,” said Charles Mayhew, Chief Executive of Tusk. “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.”

Discover how the Land Rover Defender fared in Kenya.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender has actually currently travelled 1.2 million kilometres of deserts and cities, completing over 45,000 tests in much of the UK and US.

What else do we know about the 2020 Defender?

Those lucky enough to attend Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 got a fantastic glimpse at the New Defender in action.

New Defender

A camouflaged model was on display at the massive auto event, with visitors to the Jaguar Land Rover stand able to explore it in more detail than ever before as well as watch it on the infamous Hill Climb.

When can I order a New Defender?

The New Defender is set to launch in October 2019, reports Auto Express. For more information on the New Model, get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable, specially trained Land Rover experts or stay informed here.