Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender was certainly the most loved model within the entire Land Rover line and enjoyed a 65-year production lifespan until its final version launched in 2016 … but then, the resurrection! Land Rover thrilled enthusiasts with the announcement that a new 2020 model of the classic would be forthcoming – and that it would even be able in North America.
Historically speaking, the Land Rover Defender was an evolutionary step from the original Land Rovers built way back in 1948. The Defender debuted in the UK, US and Europe in 1983, but went by make and model number, i.e. the Land Rover 110. For 1991, however, Land Rover introduced a new model replete with spiffy new turbodiesel engine – and a proper brand mame: the Land Rover Discovery.
Thus was the traditional Land Rover rebranded as the Land Rover Defender. In classic rose-by-any-other-name fashion, the Defender remained Land Rover’s top-selling model and stayed in production until the last to come off the assembly line, with the 2016 model the final old Defender.
Given the outstanding popularity of Land Rovers on both sides of the Atlantic, the decision to resurrect the model soon after the line’s demise in late 2019 was hardly surprising. The special edition 2020 Land Rover Defender goes by the model number L663, as opposed to the old series now called the L316s. The good news for aficionados in North America is that the 2020 model has been approved for sale in the U.S. and Canada, thus becoming the first Land Rover to be available in these countries since the late 1990s.
The touts: High-tech freedom of choice
Company PR is pushing the durability aspect of the new Defenders first and foremost, which is a good gambit in two ways: Appeal to the off-road adventurer and defiance of critics who cannot realistically test the durability of a single vehicle in a review which presumably carries a deadline. No matter; let’s just hope the promises are valid here.
To further expand upon the immediate appeal of the Defender, dealers are offering four “expansion packs” comprised of technology specific to the sub-model: Defenders may be outfitted with the “Adventure”, “County”, “Explorer” and “Urban” “packs.”
“All-terrain response” is something as a catchphrase among the vehicles Land Rover has inspired over 70 years, but the new Defender applies high-tech to the standard with an innovative “configurable terrain response” which allows the driver to ready the Defender’s systems for the upcoming route – a kind of heads-up for the ’Rover.
The 2020 Defender: Instant classic or generic SUV?
Early reviews on the 2020 Defender have been positive to enthusiastic, particularly on the U.S. side, where a new Land Rover hasn’t been seen commercially for 25 years. Motor Trend gushed about “the beautifully executed surfacing and carefully considered detailing … means the new Defender looks stunningly contemporary yet endearingly timeless, an instant design classic.”
By contrast, Jalopnik recalled Land Rover’s experiment of 2008, the DC100, a sort of combination SUV/convertible roadster. While denying that the 2020 Defender is merely an update of the 10-year-old concept car, the reviewer did opine that “it suffers from the same forgettability that dogs the current Discovery. Without stickers and ladders and roof racks bolted to it, it’s not going to be hard to mistake it for Any Other SUV. It’s sleek, sure, but, it really leans on accessories to advertise its character…”
To read more takes on the 2020 Land Rover Defender and its potential follow-up models plus lots more news, views and commentary, stay tuned to this page of mediaLandRover.com!
Jaguar Land Rover has had a long-standing collaboration with American tyre manufacturer Goodyear, so it comes as no surprise that the new Land Rover Defender will be using GoodyearSource: motorverso.com
Web traffic to Jaguar Land Rover’s website and customer reservations for used cars rocketed during lockdown, the British brand has reportedSource: cardealermagazine.co.uk
Land Rover's new Defender will do it all--scramble over rocks, ford streams and even fly through the airSource: msn.com
Land Rover has traded the British countryside for the Nurburgring for the development of the all-new Defender V8, as the range-topping variant of the SUV was recently snappedSource: carscoops.com
The all-new Land Rover Defender launched globally late last year to much excitementSource: stuff.co.nz
Unlike the Merc, though, it looks nothing like its predecessor on the outside, as everything has been soften up to better fall in line with the British automaker’s modernSource: carscoops.com
If you thought there was no possible way the old Land Rover Defenders could possibly get more expensive to buy now that '90s Defenders are freely importable, one company hasSource: msn.com
If you’re keen on a diesel version of the new Land Rover Defender 110 or any type of Defender 90 two-door then you’re in for a longSource: motoring.com.au
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) customers will be able to swap models when it suits them as part of the premium car manufacturer’s new Pivotal car subscription serviceSource: am-online.com
Ineos will unwrap its hotly anticipated Grenadier off-roader on Wednesday 1 July, just days after a production-spec prototype was spotted for the first timeSource: autocar.co.uk
Land Rover hopes to mute the critics who claim moving the Defender upmarket alienates commercial users by launching an entry-level model named Hard TopSource: autoblog.com
New Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 detailed: Could this SUV workhorse replace your Toyota HiLux dual-cab ute?
Land Rover will resurrect the Hard Top nameplate for its new Defender off-roader, denoting a workhorse-orientated variant for both the three-door 90 and five-door 110 bodySource: carsguide.com.au
Jaguar grabbed an armful of features from the JLR corporate store to improve the 2021 I-Pace, including bits from Land Rover and more technology from the brand's FormulaSource: autoblog.com
Land Rover has revealed a new roof-top tent option for its long-wheelbase Defender 110Source: motoring.com.au
Land Rover has revealed a bespoke roof tent for its new Defender 110, described to be “as tough and capable as the vehicle for which it was created”Source: autocar.co.uk
Fancy a holiday at home this summer, but are nervous about the thought of staying in a socially-distant hotel? Well, good news! Land Rover and Autohome have teamed upSource: completecar.ie
Land Rover and Autohome have developed a bespoke roof tent for the new Defender 110 that enables owners to explore the great outdoors without worrying about hotel reservationsSource: carscoops.com
The new Land Rover Defender is officially here. It’s on sale and ready for pretty much any kind of an adventure you want to throw its waySource: autoblog.com
Over almost 60 years of production, we’ve seen the Series I, II and III models of the original Land Rover, followed by the legendary Defender version in 1983Source: carbuyer.co.uk
A number of tuners have already had their way with the new generation Land Rover Defender, including Kahn’s Chelsea Truck Company with their dedicated customization kit, but it’sSource: carscoops.com
Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to cut 1,100 jobs in a bid to cope with the financial hit from the Covid-19 pandemicSource: carscoops.com
While the new Land Rover Defender is loaded with advanced technology that promises to make off-roading easier than ever before, this 1993 Defender recently restored and modified by OspreySource: carscoops.com
Those in the U.S. have two different powertrains to choose from at the moment. Sitting at the base of the range is the Defender P300 that features a 2Source: carscoops.com
I sat with Jaguar Land Rover North America Product Planning Director Rob Filipovic at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show (remember those?) to talk about the reborn DefenderSource: thetruthaboutcars.com
After a wait of (checks notes) some 72 years, we finally have a second generation of Land Rover's Defender, and it's just gone on sale in IrelandSource: completecar.ie