Land Rover has published a series of photos of the revived Defender SUV, which will be lauched this year. A prototype was shot in the wilderness of Kenya.
The 4×4 prototype is already less camouflaged than the previous test mules. As we can see, it is used by the Tusk Trust wildlife protection charity. Photos with wild animals are really impressive!
In the process of testing the new 2020 Land Rover Defender has completed 1.2 million km (750 thousand miles) in difficult geographical and climatic conditions.
Like the Land Rover Discovery, the Defender will initially be assembled at the new JLR’s plant in Slovakia. All development work was carried out at the Jaguar Land Rover Gaydon Centre.
In recent months, the Defender has been tested at the Nurburgring, where engineers paid attention to setting the chassis and brakes for various conditions, as well as in North America at altitudes of up to 13,000 feet and at temperatures from -40°C to 48°C.
After the first official ‘spy photos’ of a 5-door ‘110’ version last year, the images of a 3-door short-wheelbased ‘90’ vehicle followed. There are rumors about a ‘130’ modification with a longer wheelbase as well.
A prototype with a rear-mounted spare wheel has been also noticed. The Defender will be offered with electrified powertrains, as well as with petrol (gasoline) and diesel engines.
The carmaker says that they’ve started testing the SUV on public roads. The number of test cars will grow exponentially, soon they can be seen almost everywhere: on the tracks, highways and in extreme conditions.
Prices will vary from £45,000-70,000 (equivalent to $57,000- 88,700 or €50,700-78,900).
The previous Land Rover Defender was discontinued in January 2016, but since then the company has been working on the development of a successor.
The Defender’s ‘parent’, the original Land Rover Series I, was launched over 70 years ago (in 1948).