The Legend has returned with the release of the 2020 Land Rover Defender. The next-generation Land Rover Defender is back in both two-door 90 and four-door 110 variants. The Defender is basically a little Range Rover with a cool retro flare.
This Defender is a modern upgrade from its boxy predecessor. The simple two-box shape has softer edges, but still is clunky. The front headlights have round elements inside a squared-off shape. The contrasting roof, small skylights at the back, and the vertical tail still reflect the original shape and design. Like previous variants, the rear tailgate swings open on a vertical hinge, plus a full-size spare tire can still be mounted on it. A modern design is the thin grille with a single bar across the middle.
The Defender 90 is about a foot longer than the Jeep Wrangler. The Defender 110 is almost ten inches longer than the Wrangler Unlimited. Both are a few inches wider and taller than the Wrangler. The Defender runs an all-aluminum chassis called the D7x platform. Land Rover claims this is the stiffest SUV they have ever created. There is also an entire line of 170 accessories ready for owners to modify their new Defenders. Some options include a roof rack, bumper guard, an intake snorkel or winch.
On the interior, the Defender looks rugged by still stylish. The dashboard is simple and upright featuring a large amount of shelf space for storage, plus an integrated grab handles. It also has some wood trim in the center console and doors with exposed bolts for the utilitarian concept of the Defender. The shifter is now located on the center stack with the climate controls, mainly to accommodate the bench seating style and deleted center console. The Defender 110 will have a third row option, but only with the front bucket-seat setup for a maximum occupancy of seven. The Defender 90 has a max capacity of six with the bench seat up front.
Much like the Range Rover, the Defender has an independent suspension at all four corners, in addition to full-time four-wheel-drive system with low and high ranges paired with an active locking rear differential and manually locking center differential. The suspension is electronically adjustable from the standard 8.5 inches of ground clearance to 11.5 inches. The Defender 110 has a standard turbocharged inline-four engine producing 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It does 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 119 mph. There is an option fo the 49-volt mild-hybrid turbocharged inline-six that produces 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. This engine is the standard variant in the Defender 90. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF. Both the Defender 90 and 110 have a tow capacity of 8,200 pounds.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender will be available Spring 2020 in the United States. The four-door Defender 110 will be the first variant available. The two-door Defender 90 will be a late model in 2020. The Defender 110 pricing will start at $50,925 with the four-cylinder, and $63,275 with the six-cylinder. No pricing for the Defender 90 has been released yet.