After years of false, clickbait articles from speculative press sources, Land Rover have finally actually announced the release details of the new, very long awaited, Defender.
Land Rover will reveal the new Defender during 2019 and it will be on sale to UK customers in 2020.
Testing of the new vehicle is already underway around the world with the first development mules and prototypes reaching North American shores earlier this month. Testing on the continent provides valuable data to engineers given the wide variety of terrain and surfaces available in America. Engineers will subject the vehicle to rigorous test extremes to make sure the new Defender is the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever; operating in temperatures from -40F to +120F while driving the test vehicles on- and off-road at altitudes of more than 13,000 feet above sea level.
With an all-new exterior and interior design respecting Defender’s unmistakable shape, the next-generation Defender will be a revolutionary product for Land Rover with broad appeal. When it debuts in 2019, the new model will represent 70 years of innovation and improvement; honouring the model’s heritage for rugged durability, while remaining a Defender for the 21st century.
Personally I’m a big Defender fan, still having a 1988 110 in the fleet. I look forward to the new model. I’m sure many of the die hard Defender fans of old won’t be happy with it, but they’re not the people Land Rover are targeting as most of them, like myself, drive older variants. This will be a Defender for a new generation of owners and commercial users. Let’s just hope it delivers the good.