Finally, A New Land Rover Defender Is Coming To The U.S. And Canada In 2020

After a 21 year hiatus (and sky-rocketing prices of used models), the Defender nameplate is returning to America.

With test prototypes recently snapped on UK roads, Land Rover has officially confirmed that the next-generation Defender will begin testing in North America as well, starting from January 2019.

Testing of camouflaged prototypes on- and off-road will be followed by an official reveal of the all-new Defender later next year. More importantly, the Defender will go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2020.

The first development mules and prototypes have already reached North American shores earlier this month and will start testing next month. Land Rover says it needs to test the Defender in North America given the wide variety of terrain and surfaces available on the continent.

Furthermore, the new model will be subjected “to rigorous test extremes” to make sure it is the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever. According to the carmaker, tests will be performed in temperatures ranging from -40F to +120F, on- and off-road, and at altitudes of more than 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) above sea level.

“On behalf of Land Rover and our retailers, we are proud to announce the voices of American and Canadian customers has been heard: the all-new Defender will be for sale here starting in 2020. This announcement is a holiday gift to our Defender fans in North America and a hint of what’s to come in the New Year,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover North America.

The upcoming Defender will feature an all-new exterior and interior design, as well as the latest driver assistance and connectivity features available. The company also says it will be “a revolutionary product for Land Rover with even broader public appeal.”

Unfortunately, Land Rover isn’t willing to disclose anything else about the new Defender and says all will be revealed in 2019.

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  • Burnermovement

    Now only if these were 20 years reliable like a LC or Patrol

  • ErnieB

    These are gonna be big sellers! I’ll take a 3 Door thank you!

    • EM1

      I wonder if they will sell the 3 door here, hope they do.

  • Emoto

    I wonder what the pricing will be like. It will be fun to see them tested against other offroad-oriented vehicles.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Me too. It’ll be up against the Bronco and Wrangler. If these 3 are successful, than GMC and Toyota will probably enter the market in the next 3 years.

      • Emoto

        I would really like to see the Wrangler get some direct competition. Not sure it is going to happen, though. The LR will almost certainly be VERY expensive; so much so that nobody will cross shop it against Wranglers. I also wonder about offroad capability if it has IFS and IRS.

        • john1168

          Agreed! Don’t forget the HUMVEE had front and rear independent suspension so I’m guessing/hoping it’ll be very capable off road and not a bad ride on the road.

        • MarketAndChurch

          The Range Rover, Discovery, and Range Rover Sport all share this platform, and basing it on that will allow Land Rover to cut costs a lot. Sharing a lot of components with the Discovery will also help to further cut costs. And finally, the Defender has a loyal following that uses the vehicle for the utility it provides, so Land Rover can’t charge too much more than what those consumers are willing to pay, especially since Jeep has a presence in Land Rover’s home market. That being said… I think you might be right. Land Rover could go for volume and price this competitively, against the Jeep Wrangler and the coming Bronco, which would help them to stay popular in places like Africa, Australia, and SE-Asia. But they could also make a G-wagon competitor for those who prefer a modern-retro boxy premium SUV.

  • Emoto

    Rumor is that it will have independent suspension front and rear. I am not a Land Rover expert. Do they manage any sort of locking differentials with their independent suspensions?

    • john1168

      I think I see an independent front and rear suspension in the pics and video. Which I’m very excited about. As for the lockers, I’d have to do some research but I don’t see why they couldn’t do it. They might put a rear locker and a front limited slip diff on it.

  • Merc1

    Can’t wait to see it. They have to get this right. It will sell like nickel beer all over the world.


  • Bo Hanan

    If it arrives with an entry level price starting at $40K it should go back home. Land Rover needs more affordable cars. They need a Wrangler competitor for similar pricing/

    • MarketAndChurch

      I agree. I don’t mind it starting 2 grand more expensive than a Jeep, so $32k for the 2-dr, and $35k for the 4-dr, and being able to option it past $60k, but it needs to start at $35k or below if it wants to be a success in the US.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Exciting times!

  • john1168

    Do I see an independent front and rear suspension???

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