2020 LAND ROVER DEFENDER

– FS

SPY’ PHOTOS of the new Defender are popping up everywhere ahead of its European debut in late 2019. From the pics we know it will come in short and long wheelbases with a traditional square’ 4x4 body rather than a more aerodynamically sculptured body like the new Discovery. Reportedly the styling cues have been taken from the Discovery II. It will also be built off a version of Land Rover’ premium platform as per the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery. This means a monocoque fabricated largely from aluminium that is both notably light and structural rigid and rides on long-travel fully independent suspension with height-adjustable air springs.

There will be at least two 2.0-litre four-cylinders diesels, most likely the 132kW (single turbo) and 177kW (bi-turbo) engines from the Discovery, but perhaps also an entry-level 110kW diesel. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine anywhere in the 180-200kW range will also be offered, as will a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). There are no plans at this stage for a fully electric Defender. There’ no reason to suggest Land Rover will depart from the dual-range full-time 4x4 system, complete with its self-locking centre diff and optional rear self-locker

– FS