The 2020 Land Rover Defender is being delayed to customers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Automotive News reported the long-awaited SUV would be in short supply through this summer.
It is understandable: the British automaker builds Defenders at the Nitra plant, Slovakia. This facility has just resumed manufacture after the shutdown during 8 weeks.
Land Rover managed to hand over several hundred Defenders to dealers. Now these vehicles are being delivered to the customers from a waiting list, which paid for a car.
Land Rover promises that each of 188 U.S. dealers will receive at least one Defender this month.
Those who want a test drive, can face the lack of Defenders too. Even though the company launched a program of rotation of the fleet between dealerships, this plan stalled because of a stay-at-home ordering policy introduced by local and state authorities.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender for the United States starts at $49,900, plus a $1,025 destination charge.
Two engines are available, both with AWD and an 8-speed automatics: a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 296 hp (221 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm), and a mild-hybrid one with displacement of 3.0 liters. This unit produces 395 hp (295 kW) and 406 lb-ft (551 Nm) of torque.
One of plenty goodies of the newcomer is a Pivi Pro infotainment system with a 10” screen.