2020 Land Rover Defender 90 With Three-Doors And Short-Wheelbase Spied

The all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender will carry on the tradition of offering two wheelbase configurations.

Some say it will even bring a third wheelbase labeled “130” but we’ll believe that when we see it.

Following the first spy shots of the upcoming Defender that showed the five-door, long-wheelbase 110 version, we can now bring you the three-door, short-wheelbase 90 model.

Shorter-wheelbase equals more fun off-road

Here it is spotted for the first time near Jaguar Land Rover’s headquarters as testing has begun in the United Kingdom. As you can see, the Defender 90 is significantly shorter than the 110, making it even more suitable for extreme off-roading thanks to its vastly superior break-over angle.

As with its longer sibling, it is completely covered in camouflage and disguise material but those can’t hide the boxy shape of the bodywork. Unlike the Defender 110, however, this particular prototype doesn’t feature a spare tire mounted on the side-hinged rear door. That likely means the full-size spare wheel will be an optional feature.

Everything else looks just like the five-door prototype we saw two days ago — including the camouflage pattern with the cheeky #BEST4X4XFAR hashtag.

New MLA platform will help improve ride quality significantly

Despite the styling link to its predecessor, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is very much a modern vehicle and the technology on board will reflect that. Unfortunately, not much is known about the rugged off-roader’s underpinnings.

However, the 2020 Defender could be the first vehicle built on Jaguar Land Rover’s new flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). This platform is expected to equip most of the carmaker’s vehicles by 2025. JLR previously said in an investor presentation that the first model to use the architecture will arrive in 2020.

Given that the Defender is expected to go on sale in 2020, it’s likely the vehicle that will debut MLA. The new platform is capable of accommodating ICEs, mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric drivetrains.

Base models to get turbocharged four-cylinder engines

Besides obvious gains when it comes to weight saving and stiffness, the new platform is also expected to deliver a much more comfortable ride, thanks in part to an independent rear suspension. Engine options are yet to be confirmed, but entry-level models should use turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines. Six-cylinder units are likely to be available too.

Expect to all-new Land Rover Defender to debut towards the end of 2019, with the first vehicles to be shipped from the new plant in Slovakia in dealerships worldwide starting in 2020.

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

  • Dennis Scipio

    Okay, the end of 2019 considering this looks like to still be in prototype.

    • Matt

      It’s probably 90% production-ready right now. The camouflage is to disguise its shape, not because the design isn’t finished yet.

      Most of the testing now will be things like final suspension tuning, gearbox ECU calibration etc.

  • Bash

    Can’t make my mind to like it or not yet. It’s too early to make that decision anyway. We’ll have to wait and see.

  • EM1

    Now we’re talking

  • Zandit75

    “As with its longer sibling, it is completely covered in camouflage and disguise material but those can’t hide the boxy shape of the bodywork.”

    Ummm, Actually, that’s exactly what the camouflage is doing.

  • TheAmerican

    Does it say on the side…
    Best 4×4 XFAR
    Best 4x 4x far

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      4×4 also known as 4 by 4.

      Best 4 by 4 by far.

      • TheAmerican

        ahhhh that makes sense. I usually read 4×4 as “4 wheel drive” so it didn’t make sense

        • phuzz

          It’s an old advertising slogan of Landrover’s.

  • ErnieB

    A grown up Jimny .. how cute:p

  • Galaxium

    Does the Defender have brand cachet like the G-Class (or Jeep Wrangler)? I’m fairly certain that the Defender name doesn’t, at least in the US.

    Otherwise, I can’t really see a retro design working

  • FordMopar

    My god, what is Ford doing with the Bronco?? I haven’t seen one single spy pic of the Bronco. This nice Defender is out testing around town and the Wrangler was caught for many months before being revealed.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    i don’t know why but it seems to me that the jimny is more off-road capable

  • SteersUright

    Nothing looks right about this. Not the proportions, tires, wheels, hood, etc.

    • exeptor

      I don’t agree about proportions. Other stuff are still camouflage. Probably it will be the current LR design language but with a big utilitarian (these days this word has a really stretchy meaning) influences. I believe it will be a nice one.

    • Jay

      I think it’s due to body cladding making it look more boxy and bigger than what it really is.

    • phuzz

      They’re definitely trying to hide what it will look like. If you look at the top of the windscreen you can see they’ve basically put a box on the entire roof so we can’t see what shape it will be.

  • Kaido Alex
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