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The iconic SUV returns to the United States after 22 years!

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a brand-new SUV that revives a nameplate that the British firm discontinued in 2016. But not only it marks the Defender’s return after three years, it also marks the nameplate’s return to the U.S. market after 22 years. The 2020 Defender is a familiar sight thanks to its boxy design, but that’s the only feature that reminds of its predecessor. Underneath, the 2020 Defender sports a modern, all-aluminum monocoque architecture and, for the first time, it comes with a mild hybrid drivetrain.

The 2020 Defender also comes into dealerships with a complete engine lineup that includes both gasoline and diesel powerplants. However, the oil burners aren’t available in the United States. The 2020 Defender remains as versatile as its predecessor with various interior layouts available. You can order it as a classic five seater, but you can also opt for a front jump seat and turn it into a six seater. Two addition third-row seats are also available, so the Defender can also become a seven- or eight-seat SUV. What else is new and how does it compare with the iconic Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Let’s find out in the detailed review below.

 

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How Does The New Defender Square Up Against Its Predecessor?

How Does The New Defender Square Up Against Its Predecessor?

Other than their impressive off-road capabilities, almost everything is different between the old and the new Defenders

Following a continuous production run for 67 years, the Defender was discontinued in 2016 due to rising irrelevance and the costly EU emission standards. However, in 2020, Jaguar Land Rover released a new generation that differs significantly from the previous model. The main highlights include the platform it is based on, the overall design, and hybrid powertrain alternatives. The previous generations were also reputed for their spartan cabins and lack of technology. The new Defender adequately embraces technology and gets a new range of modern petrol and diesel engines from across the available range. Both the past and present Defenders were made to be off-roading SUVs, but there is no harm in comparing attributes to see where each excels better than the other.

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Tug Of War: New Land Rover Defender vs Two Old Defenders

Tug Of War: New Land Rover Defender vs Two Old Defenders

The new Defender gets into a tug of war against two old Defenders; one of them converted to an EV

Land Rover introduced the new Defender two years ago around this time. While it seemed rugged and strong on paper and turned out to be a rather sweet package, a lot of purists didn’t find the old-school charm in it anymore, which wasn’t wrong. But, how does it compare to its predecessors in terms of pure strength? Mat Watson from Carwow decided to find the answer by pitting it against two yesteryear Land Rover Defenders in a tug of war. While one of them featured a diesel mill, the other was an electrified version. Which SUV do you think has the edge?

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2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition

2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition

It is offered on either the Defender 90 or 110 and was inspired by the "No Time To Die" movie

What’s the first car that comes to mind when you hear "James Bond?" Aston Martin DB5 is for sure on the top list. In the "Goldfinger" movie it made a perfect team with Sean Connery. But, there are other cars too - maybe not as iconic - that are related to the famous movie. "No time to die" - the last iteration from the James Bond series - is set to premiere at the end of September, 2021. To celebrate its debut, Land Rover announced the special edition Defender V8 Bond Edition. It comes as no surprise, as the new Defender will be a star in "No time to die."

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This Modest-Looking Himalaya HUE 166 Has a Big Surprise Under the Hood

This Modest-Looking Himalaya HUE 166 Has a Big Surprise Under the Hood

The Hue 166 nameplate harks back to 1948 and this new one by Himalaya is a modern interpretation of that vintage SUV

The term "Sleeper" is being used all over the place. An RS6, M5, or even E63 AMG with their large wheels, massive exhausts, "air" intakes, and wide bodywork, are cars that aren’t necessarily sleepers at all anymore. The Himalaya Hue 166, with its big 650 horsepower, V-8 engine based on the Land Rover Defender 110, and understated looks, aims to change that.

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2021 Land Rover Defender 110 by Heritage Customs

2021 Land Rover Defender 110 by Heritage Customs

This all-black Defender 110 isn’t overdone and looks hot on the inside and out

Netherlands-based Heritage Customs is known for its Land Rover Defender builds. The aftermarket company has created many bespoke editions of the yesteryear and the new Defender models. The company has again created a bespoke model for a TV celebrity, Winston Gerschtanowitz, based on the new Defender 110 called the Valiance.

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Land Rover Defender SVR To Feature A 600-Horsepower BMW-Sourced V-8 Under The Hood!

Land Rover Defender SVR To Feature A 600-Horsepower BMW-Sourced V-8 Under The Hood!

A BMW-powered Land Rover Defender SVR might just give the Mercedes-AMG G63 a run for its money

As far as SUVs go, the Land Rover Defender has been the talk of talks in recent times. That is a big achievement, given the variety of SUVs. Not to mention the crazy demand. We already know that, for 2022, the Defender will get a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 525 horsepower (391 kilowatts) and 461 pound-feet (625 Nm). We expect this to be the familiar from Jaguar 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. However, this will not be the top version for long, as something bigger is coming. This, of course, being the Defender SVR, which will reportedly put out in excess of 600 horsepower, from a BMW engine.

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2022 Land Rover Defender Trophy Edition

2022 Land Rover Defender Trophy Edition

This special Defender pays tribute to the iconic 4x4’s long-standing expedition legacy and was inspired by the Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy

Land Rover set out to tell a story with its latest special edition – The Defender Trophy Edition. It’s designed specifically to pay tribute to the Defender’s long-standing expedition legacy. It’s inspired by the Land Rover Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy and is based on the 2022 Defender 110 P400 X-Dynamic SE (boy that’s a mouthful.) Production will be capped at 220 units, some of which will undoubtedly be equipped with the Extended Black Exterior Pack that you see on the model in these images.

As you’d expect from Land Rover, the Defender Trophy Edition comes standard will all kinds of extra all-terrain equipment including a roof rack, front under shield, deployable ladder, winch installation kit, air compressor, an deep-sided floormats. The list continues with a tow hitch receiver, ClearSight RearView, and Air Suspension. This limited edition will be available from August 2021, and will be priced at $90,000. If you’re in Europe, I’m sorry to break your heart, but this is a U.S. only affair.

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Ineos Grenadier – The Old-School Defender That Land Rover Doesn't Make Anymore

Ineos Grenadier – The Old-School Defender That Land Rover Doesn’t Make Anymore

If you enjoy the charm and persona of the erstwhile Defender, the Ineos Grenadier will make you drool

There are high chances you would’ve heard of the name ‘Ineos’. It is a U.K.-based petrochemicals group. You must have even seen the name across the Mercedes F1 cars, America’s Cup team boats, and also ‘Ineos Grenadiers’, a cycling team previously known as Sky.

Now, Ineos has dipped its toes into the automotive segment and has come up with an SUV called Ineos Grenadier. The SUV is heavily inspired by the yesteryear Land Rover Defender. While it may look the part, is it as hardcore as the original model? Carfection finds out.

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The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit

The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit

Manhart just exercised the Land Rover Defender LR 110 P400 for more power

Since the mid-80s the Land Rover’s Defender’s name has stood for one of the most original and indestructible off-road vehicles in automotive history. Over the past 70 years, the model known solely by its brand name has only bee discreetly improved - until incompatibilities with pedestrian protection ultimately sealed its fate in early 2016.

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This Land Rover Defender From the ‘80s Has Been Completely Revamped

This Land Rover Defender From the ‘80s Has Been Completely Revamped

This Defender 110 now makes 500 horses from its V-8 engine, and comes with new axles, exhaust, and shocks

The 20th century Land Rover Defenders are a hot commodity today. A lot of tuners and aftermarket companies undertake restomod operations and give the erstwhile model a modern twist. AutotopiaLA has uploaded a video of a project done by Fusion Motorsport wherein a 30-year old red Land Rover Defender went under the knife. It came out with fresh skin, a new look, and even a new heart. Neat job, huh?

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Land Rover Defender 110 Is The Support Vehicle At The 2021 Red Bull X-Alps Adventure Race

Land Rover Defender 110 Is The Support Vehicle At The 2021 Red Bull X-Alps Adventure Race

The Defender will be used to carry around vital supplies and equipment, and serve as a resting place for the athletes

Land Rover Defender is one of the toughest SUVs that money can buy you. The automaker reminded people of the same when it decided to send a fleet of Defenders to the Alps as support vehicles for the Red Bulls X-Alps adventure race. The Defender will be used to ferry people and supplies around, and will also act as recovery vehicles for the athletes.

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2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Trio By ECD Automotive Design

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Trio By ECD Automotive Design

ECD has come up with three, bespoke Land Rover Defender 90s, and each of them is are unique as it gets

E.C.D Automotive Design is famous for its highly customized Land Rover Defender rebuilds. This time, the aftermarket company has taken things up a notch by working on three identical Defender 90s one after the other, but each one is contrastingly different from the other. The rebuild on all the three SUVs involves extensive work inside out and even feature different V-8s under the hood. The company hasn’t revealed the exact prices of these builds, but the D90s start at $180,000.

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Land Rover May Try to Compete With The Mercedes-AMG G63

Land Rover May Try to Compete With The Mercedes-AMG G63

The automaker acquired Bowler Motors last year and could develop a Bowler-spec Defender V-8 to take on the luxurious German off-roader

It seems like Land Rover is done testing the waters with the new Defender and gauging the customers’ opinions. The automaker recently unveiled the V-8 engine on the Defender, will be rolling out the Defender 130 within a couple of years, and has plans to develop a Defender-based pickup truck. As if Land Rover didn’t have a lot on its plate already, it plans to take on the Mercedes-AMG G63 with another iteration of the Defender that will most likely be built under the guidance of its recent acquisition, Bowler Motors.

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2022 Land Rover Defender Debuts With A V-8 Engine

2022 Land Rover Defender Debuts With A V-8 Engine

It also comes with new special models and trims, tech upgrades, and exterior enhancements

Land Rover resurrected the Defender moniker in a brand new avatar in 2019 after a three-year hiatus. It didn’t look as rugged and boxy as its predecessor, but it came loaded to the brim in terms of features and gizmos. Although it had everything that one would want from a premium off-roader, there was one glaring omission – the V-8 engine. Perhaps Land Rover was just testing waters when it launched the new Defender and wanted to keep something for later, or realized that the market is too competitive.

Either way, the good news is that the 2022 Defender has been introduced with eight-cylinders under the hood. Apart from this, it also comes with a few other tweaks here and there that have smoothened out some wrinkles.

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2021 Land Rover Defender 130 "Project Mule" by ECD Automotive Design

2021 Land Rover Defender 130 "Project Mule" by ECD Automotive Design

This yesteryear Defender 130 comes with a unique interior and performance upgrades looks ranch-ready!

E.C.D. Automotive Design is known for Land Rover rebuilds. The company has worked on many unique projects in the past and is here with another one based on the Defender 130 pickup truck. Called the Project Mule, it comes with a plethora of changes inside out. It features a Chevy LS3 engine under the hood, an off-road suspension with a lift kit, teakwood bed, sheepskin and cowhide interior, and so on.

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2021 Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy

2021 Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy

This build by Land Rover Classic comes with Camel Trophy Livery and will be limited to just 25 examples

The previous-gen Defender is one of the most sought-after vehicles in the market. Aftermarket companies acquire it and give it its own unique twists, each one a lot different than the other. Land Rover has jumped on the wagon, too, and come up with a limited-production Defender Works V8 Trophy. The SUV will come with classic looks and a V-8 engine under the hood. The automaker will build just 25 examples, but none of them are earmarked for the U.S. market. The price? A little over quarter-million dollars!

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2021 Ares Design Defender Spec 1.2

2021 Ares Design Defender Spec 1.2

The aftermarket company has beefed up its looks, added premium material inside the cabin, and plonked in a V-8 mill under the hood

Land Rover Defender is one of the most popular choices for tuners and aftermarket companies to show off their skills and creativity. This time, it’s Ares Designs’ turn to show off what it could make of this butch SUV. Called the Defender Spec 1.2, it comes with changes inside out. The exterior includes stuff like carbon fiber bodywork and a panoramic roof and the interior benefits from some luxurious touches. Even the four-cylinder engine is swapped in favor of a V-8 engine for that extra grunt and roar.

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2020 Land Rover Defender - Driven

2020 Land Rover Defender - Driven

An SUV with a premium interior, powerful engine, and numerous gizmos that make off-roading a walk in the park

The Land Rover Defender needs no introduction. After a long run, the company sent it on a hiatus in 2016, only for it to return in a freshed, modern avatar to keep up with the competition. It came out looking a little less old-school, but still as rugged as ever.

This time, it wasn’t just the sturdy build that made it a compelling off-roader, but also the modern gadgets and gizmos that could put the other off-roaders out there to shame. The top trim is dangerously close to the six-digit price territory, but will that stop people from buying it? Or will customers look at other cheaper alternatives, like the Toyota 4Runner and to an extent, the Jeep Grand Cherokee?

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Land Rover Defender by Bowler - A Continuation of the Iconic Original

Land Rover Defender by Bowler - A Continuation of the Iconic Original

The off-roader will be built in very small quantities and will come with a sticker price of a quarter-million dollars

The new Land Rover Defender is a very capable vehicle, but purists surely miss the old one. The old Defender had a different aura and charm, something that the new one will probably never be able to match it. Although numerous aftermarket companies are restoring and rebuilding it, the fact is that the same models are in circulation. But, that’s about to change now.

Aftermarket specialist Bowler has been granted the license to use the iconic Defender shape in the next phase of development for all-terrain performance cars and rally raid vehicles. In case you have apprehensions about another company building the classic Defender, let me tell you that Land Rover purchased Bowler last year. So this is as good as Land Rover building it.

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2020 Land Rover Defender By Himalaya

2020 Land Rover Defender By Himalaya

Himalaya is back with another Defender build, this time as part of the flagship Summit Series

Himalaya is known to create builds of timeless vehicles. One of them is the Defender, with which the aftermarket company has had a love affair for a long time. Last year, Himalaya worked on the new Defender to create a special edition called Spectre. Now, the company has laid its hand on the renowned moniker to build a 650-horsepower beast that inducts itself into Himalaya’s flagship Summit Series.

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Amazing Car for Sale: 1990 Land Rover 110

Amazing Car for Sale: 1990 Land Rover 110

This globetrotter comes with a host of add-ons that make it a perfect overlanding vehicle

Before the SUV received its moniker, the Land Rover Defender was simply called Land Rover 90 or 110, based on the model’s wheelbase. It was almost a decade after its launch that Land Rover decided to call it the Defender. So, on sale here is a 1990 Land Rover 110 that has been all around the globe. It was first exported from the U.K. to Italy and then overhauled bycThe Landrovers in the Netherlands five years back. In 2016, it finally reached U.S. shores and it has been here ever since. Now the current owner has put this three-decade-old model on Bring-a-Trailer.

At the time of writing, the current bid stands at $45,000 and there’s a week left before the auction closes. Has this piqued your interest?

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2020 Land Rover Defender Yachting Edition by Carlex Design

2020 Land Rover Defender Yachting Edition by Carlex Design

This nautical-themed off-roader by the Polish aftermarket company looks exquisite

Carlex is known for its out-of-the-box themes and designs. A couple of months back, the aftermarket company came up with a Yachting Edition of the Mercedes-AMG G63, which was designed for a customer in Dubai. It looks like the design pleased the enthusiasts as well as the folks at Carlex because it has now come up with another Yachting Edition, but this time it is based on the Land Rover Defender. In all honesty, it looks as sweet as the G 63 itself and comes with a lot of new stuff inside, on the outside, and none under the hood.

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Have You Ever Wondered What A Land Rover Defender Would Look Like As A Pickup Truck?

Have You Ever Wondered What A Land Rover Defender Would Look Like As A Pickup Truck?

A tough nut like this could give the existing truck manufacturers a run for their money

The Land Rover Defender is a capable off-roader with a lot of off-road tech and equipment fused with a conventional, boxy design. Even though it has all the characteristics to shine as a pickup truck, don’t expect it to happen any time soon.

However, that doesn’t mean that enthusiasts can’t imagine what it looks like. A rendering artist, Andrew Alewine, uploaded an image of the Defender imagined as a full-size pickup truck. Do you think it looks the part to take on the likes of the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado?

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Watch the Old Land Rover Defender Keep Up with the New Defender and Jeep Gladiator

Watch the Old Land Rover Defender Keep Up with the New Defender and Jeep Gladiator

The old Defender has still got it and completed this trail without any major hiccups

Land Rover brought back the 2020 Defender after a four-year hiatus and it is quite impressive. But, the new body and feel gave it more of an urban vibe than the classic off-roader pizzazz that the Defender is generally known for. So, to see how it weighs in the present scenario, the folks at TFL decided to take it off-roading along with the old Defender and the rugged Jeep Gladiator. Can it match its rivals as an off-roader, or has the new Defender become an urban commuter with a just little off-roading DNA left in it?

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Throttle House Says the Land Rover Defender is a $75,000 Ford Bronco Fighter

Throttle House Says the Land Rover Defender is a $75,000 Ford Bronco Fighter

Is the $75,000 Land Rover Defender Really a Ford Bronco Fighter?

Brands bringing back past-glory monikers is the norm these days and with no signs of this trend slowing down, reviews such as TH’s latest video are bound to pop up on the internet sooner or later.

Now, the video argues that the 2020 Land Rover Defender is a Bronco fighter, which is actually very debatable, for a variety of reasons - however, the two cars are quite similar to some extent.

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There's a Good Chance That This Land Rover Defender Is Testing a New V-8

There’s a Good Chance That This Land Rover Defender Is Testing a New V-8

The Land Rover Defender could borrow a twin-turbo V-8 engine from BMW

The iconic Land Rover Defender returned in 2019 after a three-year hiatus. It continues to be a rugged-style, boxy SUV with solid off-road capability, but it’s now infused with state-of-the-art technology and premium features. Land Rover offers a range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, including a mild hybrid drivetrain, but a V-8 engine is still missing. That’s about to change though, as our paparazzi just spotted a new prototype that seems to feature such a powertrain.

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2020 Ineos Grenadier

2020 Ineos Grenadier

An up and coming British automaker’s attempt at an old-school off-road SUV inspired by the old Defender

When folks like us are obsessed with a car, we draw it on papers, doodle about it, and all of that. But, if you have billions of pounds in your bank account, you just build a fully-functional vehicle from scratch. This is how the Ineos Grenadier came to life.

Ineos is a British petrochemicals group founded by Sir Jim Ratcliffe which now has an automotive division in its portfolio. Such was his love for the classic Defender that he tried to purchase the rights from Land Rover. When denied, he went on to build an SUV from the ground up that takes heavy inspiration from the old Defender. Although it looks the part, is the Ineos Grenadier as tough as the classic Land Rover?

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2020 Land Rover Defender 110 "Project Rowdy" by ECD Automotive Design

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 "Project Rowdy" by ECD Automotive Design

How can you go wrong with a Corvette-powered Defender?

Land Rover redefined the way off-roaders are perceived. The automaker brought class and finesse to many off-roaders and launched many monikers that are fondly remembered even today. The Defender is one of them. The badge came to life in the 1980s, before which it was known as the Land Rover Ninety and One Ten. The automaker pulled the plug on it in 2016, but brought it back again last year. In 2018, Land Rover rolled out a special edition of the Defender called the Defender Works V-8.

A lot of aftermarket companies have customized it over the years, but one company called ECD Automotive Design has taken a special liking towards it. The company specializes in customizing Land Rover SUVs in unimaginable ways. This time around, it has worked on the old-school Defender 110 which it calls the ‘Project Rowdy’. Project Rowdy is tough on the outside, plush on the inside, and powerful under the hood. The highlight of this project is the Corvette engine that sits under the hood! What more would you like from a customized SUV?

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender Takes a Bashing In James Bond No Time To Die Rehearsals

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Takes a Bashing In James Bond No Time To Die Rehearsals

And by bashing we mean hitting trees, drifting, and performing crazy jumps

We knew for some time that the new 2020 Land Rover Defender will play a big role in the upcoming No Time to Die 007 movie, but the only proof we had was an all-black prototype photographed on the set.

This time around, Land Rover provides a glimpse into what we should expect from the movie when it comes to the Defender’s part, and boy, you won’t be disappointed, we can tell you that much.

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Land Rover Showcases world-first dual-modem infotainment system at CES

Land Rover Showcases world-first dual-modem infotainment system at CES

Quicker updates, seamless functionality

Unveiled in September 2019, the new-generation Land Rover Defender was showcased at a couple of auto shows last year. Come 2020 and Land Rover is showing off the vehicle’s advanced infotainment system at the Consumer Electronics Show. Why is this important? Well, Land Rover claims that the Defender features the world’s first dual-modem, dual eSIM technology, which enhances connectivity and helps the infotainment system work quicker even when operating system updates.

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The Mercedes-AMG G 63 Will Have a New BMW-Powered Competitor in the Land Rover Defender SVR

The Mercedes-AMG G 63 Will Have a New BMW-Powered Competitor in the Land Rover Defender SVR

That’s right, a Land Rover Defender SVR is coming

Hear this out: Jaguar Land Rover is hiding a high-performance prototype based on the new Defender which will ultimately make it to production under the SVR badge. The model is currently developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division and when it finally hatches, the Defender SVR will use a 4.4-liter BMW-sourced engine in its attempt to give the Mercedes-AMG G 63 a run for its money.

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2020 Land Rover Defender Quirks And Features

2020 Land Rover Defender Quirks And Features

These Are Cool, Surprising, Almost Strange and Bizarre Facts About The New Land Rover Defender

I am in love with the new Land Rover Defender. But at first, I was not. I was disappointed with its move towards an unibody chassis, and I have resented all the "soft-touches" Land Rover prepped for it. But I have changed my mind.

True, it is a mommy automobile, and a kids-to-school mover, but it is the best mommy automobile and kids transportation device I have ever seen. It’s tough, robust, well-engineered, rugged, and seriously capable. Plus, Land Rover offers it with 170 accessories, like roof racks, tow hitches, steel wheels, a rinse system, an armrest cooler, and a front bench-style seat. Find me another car that offers all of that. There’s no way you can. But!

There is a big "but" here. The 2020 Land Rover Defender is seriously expensive. It starts at $50,925 (plus destination charges) in the U.S. That’s huge. That is the price of the base BMW X4 xDrive30i. Take a deep dive in the configurator and you can spec it out at more than 100 grand. That is absurd.

In 2012, the Land Rover Defender started at $22,000 in Australia. Then again, the only thing that’s left from the old Defender on the new one is the name. Nothing else. This is a wholly new car. I only hope that Land Rover invested heavily in quality control. If it manages to ace reliability and dependability surveys with the new Defender, I’d say that the price may even be justified.

Here are several cool quirks and features that set this Defender apart from any other car in the world.

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2019 Land Rover Defender 6x6 Black Mamba by Classic Overland

2019 Land Rover Defender 6x6 Black Mamba by Classic Overland

It cannot get any more exclusive than this

The 2020 Land Rover Defender was recently launched, and it was well-received by world. The Defender is one of the toughest off-roaders we have seen even in the past. So much so, in fact, that aftermarket companies took it in as their guinea pig and worked on it in various different ways. Here’s one such company called Classic Overland that turned this beast into something extraordinary. The 6x6 Defender is the ultimate off-roader that will conquer anything and everything in its path. But, where will you take this?

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Land Rover Is Working On Some Seriously Pointless Tech

Land Rover Is Working On Some Seriously Pointless Tech

Land Rover Wants You To Off-Road Via Remote Control

Part of the beauty of owning a vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford F-150 Raptor, Toyota 4Runner, or even the new Land Rover Defender is the ability to play off-road. By that, we mean hitting rough terrain, climbing over obstacles, and going places cars like the Porsche 911 or Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can’t go. Doing this, however, requires a certain amount of driver skill – your everyday driver doesn’t just know how to approach and climb over rocky terrain or climb excessive steep grades. But, that’s part of the fun of off-roading; you learn how to approach different obstacles and enjoy the challenge. Now, however, it looks like a company known for its off-roading prowess, Land Rover, has lost touch with that entire concept as it works to developer remote control technology for the 2020 Defender.

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2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender

The iconic SUV returns to the United States after 22 years!

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a brand-new SUV that revives a nameplate that the British firm discontinued in 2016. But not only it marks the Defender’s return after three years, it also marks the nameplate’s return to the U.S. market after 22 years. The 2020 Defender is a familiar sight thanks to its boxy design, but that’s the only feature that reminds of its predecessor. Underneath, the 2020 Defender sports a modern, all-aluminum monocoque architecture and, for the first time, it comes with a mild hybrid drivetrain.

The 2020 Defender also comes into dealerships with a complete engine lineup that includes both gasoline and diesel powerplants. However, the oil burners aren’t available in the United States. The 2020 Defender remains as versatile as its predecessor with various interior layouts available. You can order it as a classic five seater, but you can also opt for a front jump seat and turn it into a six seater. Two addition third-row seats are also available, so the Defender can also become a seven- or eight-seat SUV. What else is new and how does it compare with the iconic Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Let’s find out in the detailed review below.

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Here's Why The Land Rover Defender Won't Have a Manual Transmission

Here’s Why The Land Rover Defender Won’t Have a Manual Transmission

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is finally here after what seemed like a lifetime of waiting. While it was well-received, for the most part, there are a couple of things that has rubbed everyone the wrong way. The first “issue” is that the new Defender won’t be offered in a pickup truck guise, despite its history as a pickup in various markets around the world. One could argue that, with the popularity of pickups as daily drivers and family vehicles, a Defender pickup could prosper. But, Land Rover says no way. So, what’s the other big letdown? Well, despite the fact that the original defender was available on the market from 1948 to 2016 as a manual (there wasn’t even the option for an automatic, by the way), Land Rover is choosing to offer this generation with an automatic transmission only – no hope for three pedals and no hope in you changing Land Rovers Mind. The reason why this is the case, however, falls on you and the government….

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2019 Land Rover Defender Spectre by Himalaya

2019 Land Rover Defender Spectre by Himalaya

This is what happens when a good SUV goes rogue… and we like it!

Land Rover launched the all-new 2020 Defender a couple of days back, and the SUV has it has been the talk of the internet ever since. In fact, the hype is so extensive that even aftermarket company. If you remember, the new Defender was spotted without clothes for the first time on the movie set of the upcoming James Bond movie “No Time To Die” just about a week before the official launch. As it turns out, South Carolina based Himalaya decided to customize this Defender, taking inspiration from another previous Bond movie, Spectre, and even gave it the same name. Does it look exciting? Well, you tell us.

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A 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck? We Say “Yes, Please, With Sugar on Top”

A 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck? We Say “Yes, Please, With Sugar on Top”

Despite the desire, Land Rover just won’t make the Defender Pickup

Now that the new 2020 Land Rover Defender has graced this pretty planet of ours after a three-year hiatus, all is right once again. So far, we’ve seen the Defender 90 and 110, but the rumor mill has churned out word that the Defender range will be expanding to include at least a 130 model that rival the Mercedes G-550 – at least in terms of pricing, anyway. A lot of interest has been expressed in a Defender pickup truck and, we’re not going to lie, it would probably get a lot of attention. Land Rover has come right out and said it isn’t going to happen despite the fact that the old Defender was offered as a pickup in various global markets. The rendering you see here, though, we hope, will change Land Rover’s mind because it’s certainly something we would like to see.

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2020 Land Rover Defender looks a lot like the 2011 Land Rover DC100 concept

2020 Land Rover Defender looks a lot like the 2011 Land Rover DC100 concept

But the concept was ill-received, so Land Rover operated some important changes to its formula

Land Rover announced that it was working on an all-new Defender way back in 2011, when it revealed the DC100 concept. At the time, the design study made many traditional fans of the Defender exclaim that it didn’t preview a vehicle they’d be interested in buying, so Land Rover actually made a second concept in 2016, called LR1, but it didn’t show it to the public - it was an evolution of the DC100 and it actually was the basis for the recently unveiled production Defender.

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Lego Technic Land Rover Defender Set - Not Your Typical Desk Queen

Lego Technic Land Rover Defender Set - Not Your Typical Desk Queen

This set looks ready to take on the elements, just like the real car it’s inspired from

We’ve all seen the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender take a bow in Frankfurt, but that’s not the only surprise the Brits had in store for us. Thanks to a very inspired collaboration with Lego, you can own a miniature plastic-brick Land Rover Defender fitted with all the bells and whistles of the real thing. Well, some of them, anyway, but the level of detail is quite impressive. Stay with us to find out more.

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The 10 Coolest Accessories Available For the 2020 Land Rover Defender

The 10 Coolest Accessories Available For the 2020 Land Rover Defender

Land Rover has offered a lot of accessories for you to choose from for the new Defender

Land Rover finally revealed the new Defender at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Defender was one of the most hardcore off-roaders before people started perceiving it as a premium SUV and not as a pure off-roader. It disappeared into oblivion in 2016 only to return three years later, reinvigorated. The new Defender is a lot more tough and back on track to being a true off-roader once again.

However, Land Rover has introduced it with all bells and whistles one can ask for and a lot of accessories to customize it as per you need. In fact, the accessories on offer have created a lot of buzz and they will be available right from the launch of the SUV. Just to be clear, there are 170 accessories and theme packs available for the Defender. We’ve chosen our pick and here are 10 accessories we found super cool and useful that you must consider if you plan on buying a Defender when it launches. Also note that we’re not going to mention the four default theme packs that Land Rover already has on offer.

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender Has Arrived with New Tricks and Old-School Looks

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Has Arrived with New Tricks and Old-School Looks

Seeing the production model, the wait for this new Defender has been absolutely worth it

Many automakers today are reviving old monikers, and Land Rover is one of them too. The automaker is finally bringing back the Defender as a 2020 model. The rugged SUV was in production from 1983 to 2016, after which it went on a short exile for a few years. The company teased it a few times and it was even seen in a documentary and on a movie set. But, finally, the wait was over and the SUV made its public debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Does it still feel as hardcore as the previous iterations?

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender Was Revealed via a Leaked Magazine Article

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Was Revealed via a Leaked Magazine Article

We get our first look at the all-new Land Rover Defender just before its official Frankfurt motor show debut

Hype buildup around the launch of the new generation Land Rover Defender has been immense. It was announced a few years ago, but since then the automaker has remained exceedingly quiet on the matter. The new Defender was teased on a number of occasions, though, and it was even shown in full camouflage at major motoring venues like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, thanks to this latest lear, we finally get to lay eyes on the real thing.

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Thanks to James Bond, We Now Know Exactly What the 2020 Land Rover Defender Looks Like

Thanks to James Bond, We Now Know Exactly What the 2020 Land Rover Defender Looks Like

It looks just as boxy as its iconic predecessor

It’s been three years since Land Rover discontinued the iconic Defender and the boxy SUV is about to make a comeback through a new generation. Land Rover has already confirmed that the new Defender will debut in September 2019, but we have yet to see it without camouflage. Until today, when someone spotted the SUV on the movie set of the upcoming James Bond movie "No Time To Die" and posted a photo on Instagram. The SUV is camo-free and shows the new design in all its glory.

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At $170,000, Would You Buy Arkonik's So-Cal 1989 Defender 90?

At $170,000, Would You Buy Arkonik’s So-Cal 1989 Defender 90?

We would

As the new 2020 Land Rover Defender is rapidly heading towards its debut, we can’t help but look back at the Defenders of old. With the new one already promising a lot of high-tech gear and all the whatnot that will make life easier for modern drivers once they run out of asphalt, we cannot think at what would happen with all those rusty Defenders retired in barns or simply left to bear the mark of time in God knows what junkyard. Land Rover’s thinking about that too, in case you missed the news. The company is now offering a set of packages and upgrades through its Classic arm. They’re inspired by the Defender Works V8 70th Edition and give owners a chance to breathe new (also fancy) life into their beloved Defenders. But that’s not the reason we brought you here. In fact, we think there’s a better alternative to look after your Defender: getting it to a restomodding specialist and let the experts work their magic.

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Can The 2020 Land Rover Defender Tackle The Harsh Desert in Dubai?

Can The 2020 Land Rover Defender Tackle The Harsh Desert in Dubai?

The company is very focused on making this the most capable Land Rover of all time, so our answer is a resounding yes

Land Rover is finally bringing back the Defender as a 2020 model. The rugged SUV was in production from 1983 to 2016, after which it went on a short exile for a few years. The company has teased the new Defender a few times, and this time, it decided to put out a video that shows the SUV doing test runs in some extreme conditions. The new Defender prototype was taken to Sharjah and handed over to the Red Cross Experts to test on the mighty sand dunes in the desert. Is the 2020 Defender still as tough as its previous iterations?

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Land Rover Defender by ECD Auto Design

Land Rover Defender by ECD Auto Design

Not often do we come across such elegantly customized trucks

Land Rover Defender is not a new name. The off-road compact SUV came to life with this moniker in the 1980s, before which it was known as the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten. This vehicle went off the production line in 2016, but such was the craze that the automaker had to cave into the customers’ demands, so it rolled out a special edition of the Defender called the Defender Works V-8 in 2018. The Defender, as is with any off-road truck, has been at the mercy of its owners and we have seen many customized versions of the same. But this one particular company called ECD Automotive Design specializes in customizing Defenders. It recently experimented with a customer Defender 130 and the results have made our day.

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Your Old Land Rover Defender Will Thank You for These Upgrades

Your Old Land Rover Defender Will Thank You for These Upgrades

They’re carmaker-produced and certified, just waiting to freshen-up your oldie Defender

As far as iconic 4x4s go, whenever we hear the words off-roading there are two imagines that flash into the back of our heads. One’s the G-Class, while the other is the Defender. The former is itself a story, but we’ll leave that for another time. Now, the latter, on the one hand, has recently been part of a year-long hype because Land Rover is gearing up to reveal its reinterpreted 2020 Defender. Pre-production tests are nearing an end and with a bit of luck, we’ll be seeing the new Defender in a couple of months. That aside, here’s one for you: what will happen to the old Defenders out there? Well, some of them will still be left to rust on back alleys but those owned by sane enthusiasts get another chance at greatness thanks to a rather unexpected move from Land Rover Classic. By move, we really mean the release of a handful of packages that upgrade older Defenders and build on their genuine charm.

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ECD Project NEO Land Rover Defender 110

ECD Project NEO Land Rover Defender 110

Jeep Gladiator who now?

To those of you looking for a fleshed out Land Rover Defender that looks equally in its element in front of the opera or on a muddy trail, we can honestly say that there’s no lack of options. In fact, you’ve probably familiar with the work of tuning outlets such as Arkonik Chelsea Truck Design - with the latter being our absolute favorites when it comes to classy Defenders that look ready do withstand a zombie apocalypse. However, the guys over at Florida-based E.C.D. Automotive Design have caught our eye with their latest chef d’oeuvre, dubbed Project NEO. Hey, we know that look on your face. That’s the tell me more facial expression, so we’ll oblige right away.

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Leaked LEGO Technic Kit Gives Us Our First Glimpse at the 2020 Land Rover Defender

Leaked LEGO Technic Kit Gives Us Our First Glimpse at the 2020 Land Rover Defender

I never wanted a pile of bricks so bad in my life

The Land Rover Defender is coming to the U.S. after an absence spanning more than two decades. But before the 2020 Defender hits our shores, it could be pre-empted by a smaller, but no less awesome, version. This, folks, is LEGO’s latest masterpiece: a 2,573-piece LEGO Technic replica of the iconic Land Rover Defender, complete with a working steering mechanism, a four-speed sequential gearbox, a chassis with three differentials, an independent suspension, and a winch that actually works. Mind you, this is a LEGO Technic version of the OG Land Rover Defender, though, with the specs, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the real deal. The LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender is scheduled to come out in October, one month after the actual 2020 Defender debuts, presumably at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2020 Land Rover Defender reveals a bit more skin in new photos and video

2020 Land Rover Defender reveals a bit more skin in new photos and video

All-new Land Rover Defender helped protect elephants in Kenya for testing purposes

Production of the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender is reportedly ramping up at the company’s plant in Nitra, Slovakia. We’re still a few months away from seeing the finished product, though, and many details surrounding it are still not very clear.

We have had our best look at it so far, courtesy of an official video (and photo gallery) that highlighted the fact that pre-production prototype Defenders were actually used by park rangers in Kenya. The video is meant to evoke the Defender’s outdoorsy spirit and its capability in the toughest conditions in the world, but what we were more interested in was to get a better glimpse of of the car itself - and we did, even though the video doesn’t really have any clear closeups of the car.

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Land Rover Is Working on a Defender SVR and Here's the Proof

Land Rover Is Working on a Defender SVR and Here’s the Proof

The march of the performance SUVs is set to leak into one of the greatest off-road nameplates in the biz

For decades, the Land Rover Defender made a name for itself as a go-anywhere off-roader with the right stuff to conquer any obstacle in its way. Now, it looks like the nameplate will challenge a new landscape - the racetrack, as evidenced by this spy video showing what appears to be a Defender SVR testing at the Nürburgring.

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All-New Land Rover Defender Debuts This September, Goes On Sale In 2020

All-New Land Rover Defender Debuts This September, Goes On Sale In 2020

New information on the much-anticipated completely redesigned 2020 Land Rover Defender

After years of working on it, Land Rover is going to reveal an all-new Defender this year. The old Defender was phased out in 2016 mainly due to the fact that it did not meet safety standards for both occupants and pedestrians - they couldn’t even equip the old one with airbags, so a ground-up redesign was decided.

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender's Interior Leaks Online, Showing a Huge Leap Forward in Design

The 2020 Land Rover Defender’s Interior Leaks Online, Showing a Huge Leap Forward in Design

The shroud of secrecy around the new Defender is beginning to lift

Land Rover has been very secretive about its ground-up new 2020 Defender (in the works for over five years now) that will probably make its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Now, for the first time, we’ve found a photo of the 2020 Defender’s interior, and we’re pretty sure Land Rover is not too keen on it having been shared.

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender is Aimed at the Heart of North America

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is Aimed at the Heart of North America

The new Land Rover Defender is officially coming to America, folks

The Land Rover Defender and its boxy appearance won over enthusiasts thanks to its timeless styling and off-road capabilities. The last model, which was largely unchanged since it hit the market in 1983 was discontinued in 2016, and there has been a cry for a new generation ever since. Recently, Land Rover decided to show off one image of the new Defender, and everyone was drooling. But, not as much as you’re going to drool today as Land Rover not only released a handful of official spy shots but has finally confirmed its debut in 2019 as a 2020 model. The best part is that it’s coming to America!

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If you just glance over Land Rover Defender history, you’ll see that the Defender hit the market in 1983 and stayed there, only taking on mild changes, until 2016. However, if you look a little deeper, you’ll realize that the Defender actually traces its roots back to 1948 when the first Series Land Rover made its debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show in April of that year. These defenders that were, oddly, quite similar to the model from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s (with a retro vibe to them, of course) but they were actually built by the Rover Company from 1948 to 1967 and then by British Leyland from 1968 to 1983.

1983 marked the end of the Series Land Rover and, from that point on, the vehicle would be known as the Defender and marketed under the Land Rover name. The Defender as we knew it in 1983 was produced until 2016 when, after a total of 67 years in continuous production, the Defender was discontinued. In the U.S. Market, however, you couldn’t buy a new defender after 1997 as it couldn’t keep up with safety regulations at the time. For 2020, Land Rover (or Jaguar Land Rover, rather) introduced an all-new Defender that isn’t quite as boxy as the model it replaced but holds true to the tradition of a true, go-anywhere SUV.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender starts at nearly $51,000 in base form and can cruise to north of $100,000 for higher trim level models with added accessories. At the time of launch, the new defender is offered in 90 and 110 form (in regard to its wheelbase) and with four different engines depending on the market. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder will deliver between 200 and 240 horsepower while a six-cylinder is offered with up to 400 horsepower thanks to a mild-hybrid system that provides a little extra power and better fuel economy. A plug-in hybrid and larger 130-wheelbase model is expected to hit the market at some point, but as of 2020, there’s no official word on either model.