Get ready to welcome the new 2020 Land Rover Defender to town. Land Rover released a teaser showing the boxy machine in camouflage making its way into a transport truck, in anticipation of a 2019 unveiling. With the sighting of the camo-clad car, Land Rover will hopefully do the unveiling prior to the end of the auto show season. The auto show seasons ends in New York this April, but Land Rover has announced more information will be released December 27th.
Like in previous models, the 2020 Land Rover Defender will have a boxy shape with straight lines and sharp corners. The front bumper will be slightly rounded. To increase aerodynamics, the windshield has an aggressive angle. It will be available in both two-door Defender 90 and four-door Defender 110 variations. The Defender 90 has a shorter wheelbase, which will be great for off-reading. It uses fully independent suspension front and rear axles. It will probably have a standard existing Jaguar-Land Rover engine, with gas and diesel turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines options and with possibly a V6 option, like the 3.0-liter supercharged. The Defender will have the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. There is the possibility of a plug-in hybrid or all-electric version. To help with off-roading, the Defender will have advanced traction control, terrain management and four-wheel-drive technology. According to patents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Defender might have a central tire-inflation system to adjust air pressure based on the drive mode.
The Defender will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new plant in Nitra, Slovakia. Enthusiasts are hoping for a truck version, like with the past Defender 130. This is only speculation and dependent on how well the Jeep Gladiator does. If it is a success, options will most likely be considered.
Written by: Andee Oehm
Image Credit: Land Rover