All-New Land Rover Defender Launching In September, Deliveries Start In Early 2020

A brand new Land Rover Defender is currently in the works, with several prototypes having been spotted in recent months.

Now, however, we also know when the British automaker plans on unveiling the off-roader, following a CarAdvice interview with JLR communications boss Tim Krieger. And it appears that we are less than 6 months away from a full unveiling, with sales set to commence next year.

“You’ve got Defender coming up later in the year which will be huge… the car will be revealed around September, but we won’t see customer deliveries until early next year,” stated Krieger during a media event in Saint Tropez for the updated Jaguar XE.

“There will be something around Frankfurt [which takes place in September]. Whether it’s at the motor show or whether it’s an out of show event, we’re sorting that out at the moment, with Australia in early 2020.”

When asked about Australian interest in the Defender, Krieger commented that this is “one of the few markets that continued to sell the old Defender right up to the end. So in a sense, the brand name is probably stronger in Australia because we haven’t had this hiatus like some of the other markets who haven’t sold it in a number of years.”

“So that’s a positive. The interest that new cars kind of command is just huge. So if you look at that you’ve got these two new cars that we’ve got and then there’s the two Range Rovers, it’s a pretty good year coming up I think,” he concluded.

Until the camouflage comes off, we’ll undoubtedly spot more prototypes undergoing tests in the coming months. Back in February, we even caught a glimpse of the all-new Defender’s interior, which appears to feature an utilitarian design, mixing plastics with leather.

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  • Ben

    Please tell me the pedals really won’t go into production with “stop” and “go” printed on them…please.

    • alex.remsen

      it would be quite useful for some people (cough* Mustang drivers! *cough)

  • ErnieB

    Any guess what the price will be?

  • Harry_Wild

    Even with the camouflage on, you can see it resemble the LR4!

    • ErnieB

      My thoughts exactly.. this should have been badged as an LR5 Discovery or something.. made the new discovery something else..

    • Matt

      Actually a lot of the camouflage is fake body panelling (roof and bonnet/hood are fake), so it’s hard to say it will look like an LR4.

  • Alx

    as long as it’s a capable off roader for 4×4 enthusiasts it will be a massive hit, because the travel-vlogger-hipsters will buy it regardless.

  • surfshop

    Looks far from how I imagined the new defender to look.

  • Howfarr

    Is that 3 seats in the front row, or just a huge armrest?

    • donald seymour

      That is a great question.

    • Matt

      It’s hard to imagine they’d make it three-across in the front (not enough space for one) and then fit a big plastic console where the middle passenger’s legs would go. It is still possible, but I’m going to say unlikely.

  • Bash

    I will not like that dash.

    • john1168

      Me too. LOTS of plastic in there!

  • Emoto

    I cannot help but think that Land Rover has strayed too far from its roots. There does not even appear to be a tiny hint of the great Land Rovers of the past that established the iconic look that they had while rolling across the African plains.

    These look like just another bland and boxy British thing for the wealthy. Maybe that is their market, I dunno.

  • Phillip Jones

    Let’s hope it doesn’t have the throttle delay issue that plagues the current Discovery.

  • john1168

    I love how the brake pedal is labeled “STOP”…

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