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Land Rover (sort of) reveals all-new 2020 Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender

Since the Land Rover Defender was ripped from American showrooms in 1997, it has grown significantly in popularity. The last of the North American spec units now regularly change hands for $80,000—more than double the original window sticker MSRP.

Land Rover has been promising a new Defender for sometime. After a failed—and widely hated—concept from 2011, dubbed the DC100, Land Rover designers literally went back to the drawing board. The results, you can see here … well, sorta.

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Defender

While Land Rover might have posted these, the first real images of the forthcoming Defender, to its media site, they’re not a full reveal. After all, the thing is still wearing camouflage. The full reveal is promised in 2019.

Regardless of its camo, we can still see some promising features. First of all, it’s far boxier than a lot of the current Land Rovers, which is good—and in keeping with the Defender’s design heritage.

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Defender

It also appears—even with its road tires—to be a pretty good off-roader, at least from these pictures. Then again, it better. After all, Land Rover is nothing if not an off-road 4×4 brand. And the Defender is its most iconic model. So if it doesn’t demolish the competition off-road, it’ll have missed the mark completely.

Now, in terms of what will propel it off-road, we have some pretty good guesses. Likely, it’ll be powered by Land Rover’s four-cylinder engine. And if it’s anything like the Evoque that was just revealed, it could be powered by a 48-volt 296-hp mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain.

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Defender

As for the drivetrain, while the first Defender had solid front and rear axles and rode on a body-on-frame architecture, there’s little chance the 2020 Defender will, too. Land Rover has been investing heavily in both unibody construction and electronic off-road wizardry rather than heavy, brutish driveline bits.

But we’ll have to wait and see. Land Rover could surprise us. I mean, it’s not likely, but it still could. So stay tuned for more official info on the Defender in 2019.

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Defender

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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