These are the first leaked images of the much anticipated 2020 Land Rover Defender
Just hours away from its global unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the all new Land Rover Defender 2020 is finally shown without any camouflage in a South African specialist 4×4 magazine. Yes, not a British 4×4 magazine, but a South African magazine and one with no web presence. It would seem that the Land Rover company wanted to target its biggest market first, Africa, as the rest of the 4×4 world has so many alternatives to work with.
This all new five-door Defender 110 is thefirst to appear on the market and it is built on a brand new monocoque platformcalled the D7X, which is 95% new. It will include a completely independentsuspension based on regular air cushions and or springs depending of model type.
This new Defender has a ground clearance thatmeasures 291 mm, its approach angle is 38 degrees, the attack angle is 40degrees, and the clearance is 20 degrees. It can run through water crossingswith a height of 900 mm, which betters the Ford Raptor and the new Jeeps.
The off-road functions are looked after using a Terrain Response 2 system configurable with a new Wade function. The all-wheel drive system is a permanent one and works alongside its own two-speed gearbox. A central differential comes standard and an active rear is optional. This new Defender is also equipped with ClearSight Ground View system which allows the driver to see the road “through the hood”.
From launch this new Defender will beoffered with an inline 6-cylinder 3.0-liter petrol engine (version P400) thatdelivers a useable 400hp and 550Nm of torque. There will also be a 2.0-literturbo diesel (D240) with 240hp and 420Nm of torque. The underside of this 4×4SUV is perfectly flat. The declared payload is 900 kg and up to 300 kg can becarried on the roof and its towing capacity is 3,720 kg.
This new Defender debuts with a new multimedia system called Pivi Pro.
This new Defender 110 model will have five or six seats and also a 5 + 2 seating configuration, while the total luggage volume can reach 2,380 liters with the last two folded rows. The Model 90 will have up to six seats, with three in the first row and this is why the gear shifter has been raised up to the dashboard.
Land Rover will offer four accessories packages: Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. More information will be shared in the next few days together with more detailed pictures.