The Defender is one of the most iconic off-roading nameplates in the world and our snapper has just caught the upcoming 2020 model being tested on home turf in Solihul, UK — and it appears Land Rover isn’t feeling too shy about parading the rugged favourite which also has a massive hashtag on the camo wrap reading #Best4X4XFar! We doubt too many will argue about that.
Not too much is known about the next-generation off-roader as of yet apart from that it appears as if the traditional boxy shape is being rounded off (but not to the extent that you can’t tell what this is from a mile away...) and that it will feature very short overhangs especially at the front.
Along with a revised exterior, we expect the new Defender to ride on a tougher version of the D7u aluminium platform employed by the Discovery and Ranger Rover — and not a steel ladder frame as before. The old-school running gear will be dropped for a fully independent suspension setup. A low-range transfer case and multiple differential locks should still be present for superior performance when going off-road.
Power will be supplied from JLR’s latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol (and diesel) Ingenium engines, and maybe a 3.0-litre straight-six but it may even get a hybrid variant and a full electric version could also be in the offing. These two drivetrains wouldn’t come as a surprise as this is the direction the industry as a whole is headed but this model, which made its world premiere at the 1948 Amsterdam motor show, has a pretty devoted fan base and they might feel a little differently about it going electric.
A production ready model could well be revealed later this month. Now, that would be a pretty cool Christmas present!