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Land Rover's Mike Cross Puts The New Defender Through High-Speed Tests

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is here and at the hands of chief engineer Mike Cross, can cross (pun intended…) some difficult terrain with very little fuss.

In this 3-minute long video that shows Cross behind the wheel of the all-new Defender, we’re offered the chance to see it driven along a gravel track as if it were a rally car. Even more impressively, Cross sends the Defender roaring down a narrow stretch of pavement, hitting approximately 140 km/h (87 mph) and flying over a pair of big jumps. Neither of them unsettle the off-roader in the slightest.

Land Rover unveiled the latest-generation Defender on the eve of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in early September. It is underpinned by the company’s all-aluminum D7x platform and will initially be sold in five-door 110 guise and later offered in short-wheelbase, two-door Defender 90 guise as well.

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Customers in the United States will have two powertrains available. The first is Jaguar Land Rover’s P300 turbocharged four-cylinder delivering 296 HP while the second is a 3.0-liter inline-six petrol coupled with a 48-volt electric supercharger making for an impressive 395 HP and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque.

The cabin of the new Defender is a radical departure from the old one. It features a digital instrument cluster, a large central touchscreen, and a head-up display all using the latest Land Rover Electronic Vehicle Architecture that supports Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates.

Sales of the new Land Rover Defender will commence in early 2020.