2020 Land Rover Defender Caught Undisguised In The Flesh

Land Rover can’t seem to catch a break as a new picture of the 2020 Defender has surfaced on Instagram.

Noticed by Autoweek.nl, the undisguised model gives us our first revealing look at the SUV’s front fascia. While the hood on this particular model has been removed, the Defender has a slender single bar grille that is flanked by squared off headlight covers which house circular lighting units. Further below, we can see a wide lower intake with a contrasting silver insert.

Elsewhere, the Defender has plastic body cladding and pronounced fender flares that are integrated into the design of the vehicle. We can also see a prominent shoulder line that appears to encircle the entire model.

There isn’t much else to see, but the Defender has front fender vents and a contrasting white roof. There’s also a sweptback windscreen and black accents on the A-pillars.

While photo doesn’t show the rear of the Defender, the model’s digital instrument cluster already revealed it will have relatively flat roof with what appears to be a skylight on the 110 variant. The SUV also sports a nearly vertical rear end with a rear-mounted spare tire.

The unique styling will continue in the cabin as the Defender will have a unique dashboard, a small infotainment system and a protruding center stack. The latter is home to a stubby gear selector, dual-zone climate controls and dedicated buttons for things such as the ride height and window defoggers.

Also Read: This Is What The 2020 Land Rover Defender Looks Like

Land Rover hasn’t said much about engine options, but the automaker recently confirmed the Defender will be launched with conventional and mild-hybrid powertrains. That isn’t much to go on, but the model could offer an assortment of four-cylinder engines sourced from the Discovery Sport and Evoque.

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  • Matt

    The idea to have all the bumpers and guards flush with the bodywork won’t impress those wanting to use this Defender for rugged farm duties, as having sacrificial and easily-replaceable mouldings are far more practical. However I know this would have been done to improve aerodynamics and meet pedestrian impact legislation. There will probably be accessories to protect bodywork.

    • Bo Hanan

      Damn, you read my thoughts and posted right before me.
      Pretty design that will not hold up well to off-roading either. And all the (British) electrics make me nervous.

      • ME

        The plastics will get busted and broken as soon as it leaves the lot. This is a reflection of the “soft-weakness” England has become.

    • KareKakk

      As if a real Defender should be in any need of aerodynamics. Looks more like a show-off café racer now.

      • Joff

        But Café Racers only have two wheels

  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    i thought it was made out of lego..

  • Leconte Dave

    Poor man’s G wagon?

  • john1168

    Is this a concept vehicle? Where is the side marker lights? On some of the camouflaged ones we see a front side marker light on the front top corner of the front wheel well.

  • Ben

    I didn’t have hopes that Land Rover would display the heritage of the Defender in this new generation, but…I am so disappointed. Like…beyond words type disappointed.

  • Don’tBeSoStupid

    Looks very 2000 to me.

    • Noah Milne

      Yes. Looks like any other concept off-roader that LR could have put out in 2000…

    • Joe E

      +1000. I was going to comment that it reminds me of the toy-like concepts (and some production models, especially Mercury) that Ford was putting out in the early 2000s, all plastic and “satin nickel” silver plastic. Those enormous headlamp housings are also very 2000s.

      • Don’tBeSoStupid

        So funny because I know their history around that time but Ford is the first thing that popped in my head when I seen it. I know it’s only one angle in a bad light but the headlight drives me nuts. Especially that ring around the light and the glass over the light. Most likely the lighting and angle or of being a prototype photo, let’s hope at least.

  • MJ Coffey

    Welp, they seem to have ‘urbanized’ the design and therefore ruined the whole car and what the Defender had stood for.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • Rahul Mandala

      Wrong. Your thinking is why we can’t have nice things. The new Defender’s design had to be modernized due to regulations. Besides the 80’s model was based off the 50’s platform, hence why it was dubbed unsafe. I really love the old defender, but to hell with nostalgia on this one, I want the new one and I feel like it will become a sales success.

  • ErnieB

    They took everything that gave the defender character and made it look like a toy car. What a shame. I don’t think it’ll be ugly, but it won’t look rugged and cool like the defender of old.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      This should have been the Discovery. This has no business calling itself a Defender.

      • The Discovery was my favourite family friendly 4×4, then they made the new one.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This isn’t a Defender. It looks like a Discovery. AND IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A DISCOVERY. Land Rover has let us down once again. This is soft.

    • Even Jimny may chuckle a bit..

    • it’s missing the higuer roof in the back with the small windows. but yes this looks like a Discovery.

  • klowik

    I like the previous concept more. It was more authentic.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Plastic body cladding = toy.

  • Bash

    It’s cool. But it’s not gonna defend anything or even stay real to it’s origins and heritage.

  • Jason Turner

    Land Rover can’t catch a break? This has been an inspired marketing campaign with their teaser ‘Leaked images’ over the past year. They have garnered many millions of dollars in free publicity through their campaign. It has been a work of genius, watching them play the media.

    • donald seymour

      My thoughts exactly. Like for real everyone knows that the company does inside leaks.

      • Matt

        They haven’t actually ‘leaked anything’ though. All the previous teasers were of camouflaged prototypes, a ‘leak’ is when the real car is shown ahead of LR’s release schedule. In this case this image is really the only ‘leak’ of the new Defender and it’s such an unflattering photo that I am 100% sure it’s not a PR stunt.

  • Frase

    From what I can tell it’s not outright awful, but it is bland and decidedly “un-rugged” compared to its dad. They would have done better of they just stuck with the DC100 instead.

  • Thunderbolt

    Land Rover should keep its design like what Jeep does with its Wrangler. Just improve the engine, trans, drivetrain, suspension, tech…etc.

  • cbATL

    This make my “front” feel funny.

  • StrangerGP

    What’s the point of the A pillar not being black, but having two black bars instead?

    • Matt

      It’s to make it look as though the A-pillar is ‘floating’ and it matches the same effect on the C-pillar (see the second image).

    • Howfarr

      Emulates panel gaps from the original

  • Bob

    That front end looks exactly like I expected it to. I hoped I was wrong.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    definitely this is not the G-Class for the middle class…

  • jason mcknight

    I’m afraid this is legit. What are the chances the piano black accent on the A-pillar matches exactly to the infotainment leak of the defender last week? They both corroborate and my hope is running out.

  • JqC

    These guys win the Nobel for “Design of the Least Aerodynamic SUV”.

    • 1) it’s not a brick look closer
      2) you probably need to read about aerodynamism
      3) maybe you made a joke in that case sorry

      • JqC

        Didn’t really make a joke but maybe understand why you’d see it differently. Don’t know a great deal about aerodynamics. But very much appreciate your politeness.

        Please tell me how this is reasonably aerodynamic. And, being honest, I understand that this is JLR design language. I just feel that, in an age where we need to start pricing efficiency a little over branding, it’s not the best direction. Thoughts?

  • i dont know why the world criticised the landrover DC100 concept, look what we have now, i really liked the DC100

  • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/55fb67d20a88cf2ebcdfc4aea0fc990692839dbd07e0a7d5bf8bea8ad971cc81.jpg this would have made a great Defender replacement, but people wailed and wailed, now look what we have a joke of a replacement

    • Fabián Montiel

      This concept looks so much better. I don’t get why they didn’t just stay with this design.

      • Because this had the front of an old Freelander/LR2 ? Or just maybe they looked at the market… People who really want to go offroad buy Wranglers… “let’s target buyers of the G wagen!”.

  • I was hoping for a British Wrangler. I don’t get this front bumper with the body going so low.

  • 14nm+++++++…+

    And in English?

    • Puddingpopper

      How about concept poopy bucket?

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