Land Rover will launch the new generation Defender in both short- and long-wheelbase versions, and both were recently spied testing at the Nurburgring.
With LR having declared that the new Defender will retain the original’s character and be one of the best off-roaders in the segment, pushing it at the Nordschleife might seem a bit odd. However, in this day and age, customers won’t settle for just 4×4 prowess but it must also have impeccable on-road manners as well, especially if it wants a piece of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
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The SWB model will be aimed at those who want to conquer arduous terrains without the need of the extra space, whereas the four-door, LWB variant will be a versatile SUV for the entire family. Equipment levels are expected to be common and, depending on spec, will include a new infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control and the mandatory controls for adjusting the drive mode and ride height.
The exterior design of the 2020 Defender is still hidden away beneath the plastic cladding and vinyl stickers. However, it’s not that hard to discern its boxy shape and, with the unveiling date set for the end of the year, we should see it shed some camo and reveal more details in the following months.
Underpinned by the new MLA platform, which supports mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains, the 2020 Defender will likely get hybrid tech in addition to the petrol and diesel engines, though a battery-electric version seems unlikely, at least at this point.