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Un-camoflaged new Land Rover Defender maybe spied shooting next 'James Bond'

If the internet is good for anything, it’s for giving us sneak peeks at new cars long before they go on sale. The latest leak that’s causing consternation at a PR office? The new – and hotly-anticipated – 2020 Land Rover Defender.

Spied on the set of a new James Bond flick is what appears to be a completely undisguised copy of the upcoming British 4×4.

It has a lantern jaw harkening back to Defenders of old, along with what is certainly chequerplate on the flanks of its hood. This latter detail is a great throwback to the Defender 90 and 110.

Its front fascia is understandably not as squared-off as the old Defender, thanks largely to pedestrian safety standards and the fact that automakers no longer design their cars to look like barn doors.

Round headlights set into rectangular buckets are a nice touch but, at least from this angle, appear to have the top quarter of those lamps tucked out of sight. This gives it a sleepy appearance, as if it just consumed a dime bag. Perhaps other angles will be better.

The windshield is fairly upright, as one would expect, and various rugged off-road design cues pepper the exterior. There is a huge wheelwell gap, suggesting this version might be equipped with an air suspension jacked to its highest setting. Or, it may simply have metal coils modified for movie use. Appropriately knobby tires are present and accounted for.

With the world clamoring for SUVs of all types, it’s a sensible time for Land Rover to reintroduce this well-loved nameplate. Defender fans are, um, ardent (to put it mildly) so the design will surely be criticized no matter what the final production versions looks like. Three- and five-door variants are expected when it goes on sale for the 2020 model year.