A sneak peek at the 2020 Land Rover De­fender

Highly an­tic­i­pated off-roader makes its ap­pear­ance in heavy cam­ou­flage near com­pany head­quar­ters in the U.K.

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - FRONT PAGE - Neil Vo­rano

While these spy shots may look like some­one was sneak­ing around in wait for the lat­est Land Rover, the truth is these pics were sup­plied by the com­pany it­self. None­the­less, they give us a first look — al­beit a very lim­ited one — at the new Land Rover De­fender un­der de­vel­op­ment go­ing for a joyride near the com­pany’s factory in Soli­hull, U.K.

Afi­ciona­dos be­moaned the can­cel­la­tion of one of the world’s most leg­endary off-road­ers when Land Rover pulled the plug on the De­fender in 2016. But fear not, world trav­ellers, over­lan­ders and, yes, those of you pick­ing up the kids at school, it’s com­ing back. And if you need fur­ther as­sur­ance, a com­ment from Land Rover Canada says“We can con­firm that cus­tomers around the world will be tak­ing de­liv­ery of and en­joy­ing De­fender again from 2020.” So, not far off.

This heavy cam­ou­flage makes it look like the last-gen­er­a­tion LR4/Dis­cov­ery, so it’s dif­fi­cult to make any as­sump­tions of what the new De­fender will re­ally look like. But you can see this is a four-door model with LED tail lights, some sort of elec­tron­ics rack at the top of the wind­shield and in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion. If you squint, you can see el­e­ments and the shape of the DC100 Ex­pe­di­tion con­cept that Land Rover de­buted in 2011 at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show.

Ex­pect to see more of the new De­fender as it slowly drops its ex­tra clothes in the months to come. And if it’s true that they’ll be on sale by 2020, chances are we will see a full de­but some­time next year.

Land Rover

Dis­guised shots of the 2020 Land Rover De­fender.

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