2020 Land Rover Defender: All New Model Looks Like A Bank Vault On Wheels

The Land Rover Defender is easily one of the most highly anticipated new SUVs and spy photographers have snapped a heavily camouflaged prototype undergoing testing on British roads.

Looking far more modern than its predecessor, the all-new Defender features a squared off front fascia with gentle curves. The model also has a slender single bar grille which is flanked by relatively large headlights that are partially obscured by camouflage.

Further below, we can see a central air intake and two mesh screens which cover additional intakes on the sides. The outside edges of the bumper continue downward and there appears to be a cutout for a front skid plate.

Moving further back, we can see a relatively flat hood and curved fenders with pronounced wheel arches. The latter reside in front of vertical vents which are located near the base of the A-pillar.

Speaking of the latter, the Defender has a rakish windscreen which meets a relatively flat roof. The model also has a compact greenhouse and flat sides that taper inwards towards the top.

Out back, the Defender has a rear-mounted spare tire which will undoubtedly impact rearward visibility. Of course, this issue won’t be too much of a problem as the model should have a rearview camera and parking sensors.

Besides the rear tire, we can see a more traditional bumper than the one used on its predecessor. The Defender also sports a side-opening rear door with a prominent handle.

Land Rover has been relatively tight-lipped about the Defender, but it is expected to debut in 2020 and ride on the company’s new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Teased earlier this year, the platform has designed to accommodate a handful of different powertrains including internal combustion engines, mild and plug-in hybrids as well as full battery electric models.

The new architecture is expected to be lighter and stiffer than the previous platform and Jaguar Land Rover has already said it will deliver a more comfortable ride. While the model will come with an independent rear suspension, previous reports have suggested the company will offer an assortment of axle, suspension and tire choices to ensure the Defender can tackle everything from a day of shopping to hardcore off-roading.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but entry-level models are expected to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which is available in both petrol and diesel guise. Fans can also expect an assortment of six-cylinder options.

Several different body styles are expected to be available and Land Rover could eventually introduce a pickup variant. There have also been rumors about a Defender Sport which could be positioned as a lifestyle vehicle with more focus on street performance.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    That looks awfully like a Disco and not a Defender.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      I disagree, but I guess we’ll just have to wait to see it when the cladding comes off.

  • TheAmerican

    Looks like a Scion XB

  • Zandit75

    Ummm, does the writer of this story realise that the hood and roof are fake panels??>

    • Mark Hawthorne

      I couldn’t roll my eyes any more than I did reading the description of the car. Yes, we have yes. We see the pictures. Unlike the writer we also see huge slabs of GRP disguise panels.

    • Knotmyrealname

      I agree. It beggars belief when the readers know more than the ‘professional’ reporter.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Up front and sides are very reminiscent of the LR3 but in what seems a smaller package. At back there is a mix of 1st & 2nd Gen Disco with LR3. I’m not getting much Defender here, but then again the current Discovery model has no ties it to its predecessors other than the name.

    • ErnieB

      This is what I saw as well.. not seeing any semblance to a Defender which is very unfortunate. Only hope is that it’s covered in fake panels.. so we might be pleseantly surprised in the end..

      • Subi-Rubicon1

        It’s what I’m hoping for, but given LR/RR’s recent past, its looking dim to me. I think they are more interested in succumbing to the masses rather than the enthusiasts.

  • Mike anonymous

    I understand it’s a shot in the dark (as Land Rover stated a year or so back they wouldn’t be creating this defender with the looks of the DC100 & DC100-Sport), But I really do hope that at the very least a number of stylistic elements make it over to this next generation Defender.

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    Ever since I had first seen the DC100 back in 2011, it was the ‘Defender’ (at least) I had been waiting for. Hopefully what we are getting will be better (as I am sure it will), But (again) I would love to still see elements of the DC100 show up in this next generation Defender.

    Who knows, maybe under all of that body cladding is a vehicle not to distant from the DC100 shown in the top left picture. Maybe not. Either way, it’s a vehicle I, am still hoping will be great, and am looking forwards to seeing in not too distant future.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not sure yet what I think. Is it just square to be square? I’ll need to see more.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Looks more like a Jeep Wrangler wannabe

    • Chris Owen

      Why would anyone want to be a Wrangler?

      • dumblikeyou2

        Chris Owen: “Why would anyone want to be a Wrangler?”
        I guess if you liked wearing cowboys hats and horses maybe?
        But back to that wannabe Jeep Defender.

  • Kaido Alex

    Looks like an old Discovery.

  • ZYGIUS

    Very bad proportions, it had to be wide and low, not like a Discovery from 2005.
    Look at the new G class LR

  • StrangerGP

    I really hope it’ll have a unique front and not the same like every other LR.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    The first-generation Freelander test mule fooled everyone. I’ll wait for the unveiling before making my mind up about Land Rover’s plan.

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  • Axel Cortez

    IRS and IFS is killing the defender…

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