The all-new Land Rover Defender arrives in showrooms early 2020, with impressive new technology and advanced off-road ability that sets its sights firmly on the future. Get one step ahead with Dick Lovett Land Rover’s essential guide to the eagerly awaited new Defender.
The original Defender was hailed as an icon, so it was always going to be a tough act to follow. That's probably why it’s taken Land Rover so long to reveal a new version, but it’s definitely been worth the wait. More upmarket looking and civilised to drive than its illustrious predecessor, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is also even more capable off road.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender is built to impress
The new Defender features design nods to the iconic original, including the very short front and rear overhangs, squared-off wheel arches and Alpine light windows.
However, underneath it shares more with the Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, but with even more remarkable ground clearance and suspension. The suspension makes light work of softening big impacts, while also staying poised when driving at speed or making sudden changes in direction.
The roll call of the 2020 Land Rover Defender's enhanced capabilities is also outstanding. It includes an eight-speed automatic gearbox, permanent four-wheel drive and hill-start assist.
There's also a Terrain Response system that lets the driver optimise the Defender for different conditions – or let the car do it for them using the automatic setting. Land Rover’s impressive ClearSight Ground View technology displays the area under the bonnet and ahead of the front wheels on a dashboard-mounted screen.
Perfect in any role
A choice of four new design packs allow you to realise the Defender of your dreams:
- Country – for the classic Defender look
- Urban – to add extra flair, such as 22in wheels
- Adventure – to make sure you're ready for anything, with underbody protection and space to carry everything you need in the side-mounted storage boxes
- Explorer – for the truly intrepid, with a roof ladder, roof rack and anti-glare bonnet
There are plenty more (uniquely Land Rover) options, including an electric winch, painted steel wheels, a rooftop tent and a removable body wrap to protect the metallic paint when you’re putting the Defender through its paces off road.
Interior features of the new Land Rover Defender
The minimalist interior confirms the Defender as a true Land Rover at heart, while the plentiful technology and gadgetry puts it ahead of its time.
The 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring and can display a vast amount of useful information to the driver. USB sockets positioned at the back of the front seats enable passengers in the second row to charge devices on the go. Especially handy when using the optional tablet holders.
The dashboard-mounted gear selector creates enough room for an optional extra front seat, enabling the new Defender to carry six people in two rows – a practical benefit not found elsewhere in its class. When this central seat isn’t in use, it folds over to become an armrest and storage area. In fact, the Defender 110 can seat up to seven with the addition of two extra seats in the boot.