2020 Land Rover Defender Quirks And Features
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.
2020 Land Rover Defender
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.
The 10 Coolest Accessories Available For the 2020 Land Rover 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.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender Has Arrived with New Tricks and Old-School Looks
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?
The 2020 Land Rover Defender Was Revealed via a Leaked Magazine Article
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.
Thanks to James Bond, We Now Know Exactly What the 2020 Land Rover Defender Looks Like
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.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender’s Interior Leaks Online, Showing a Huge Leap Forward in Design
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.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender Could Be Revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
Land Rover has been working on the Defender project for over five years now, and from an exterior perspective, it seems like a long time for a vehicle to be developed and for that development to not be completed. But the all-new Defender is now in the final stretch, which is why we’ve been teased with a shot of a camouflaged prototype for the first time.
2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX
Land Rover has finally debuted its concept of what the hard-core off-road Discovery SVX will be when it enters production in 2018. The long-rumored SVX version of the new Disco is the latest creation from Land Rover’s in-house skunkworks and customizer, Special Vehicle Operations, otherwise known as SVO. Designed to handle even worse terrain than a standard Discovery, the SVX boasts an upgraded suspension with more flex and ride height, restyled bumpers for improved approach and departure angles, exposed tow hooks, and even a recovery winch mounted in the rear bumper. Naturally, the interior is given a flair of outdoorsy extremism.
The Discovery SVX project takes inspiration from the classic Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, which used to pit man and machine against incredible odds in extended cross-country driving through remote areas with basically no roads. While both off-road events have been dead since 2000 and 2008, respectively, Land Rover has tried to infuse that adventurous spirit into the Discovery SVX. Perhaps one day we’ll see Land Rover organize another G4 Challenge, but until then, let’s check out its new Discovery SVX.
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Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO Unit Comes Through On Its Word With The Discovery SVX
Back at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations boss John Edwards hinted at the possibility of the Land Rover Discovery getting its own SVO treatment. He didn’t dive into any specifics, opting only to say that if SVO did create one, it would be somewhere in the middle “between Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy,” two famed off-road races. I can’t tell if just-unveiled Discovery SXV is capable of competing in both races, but give credit where it’s due: JLR’s SVO unit came through on its word.
The Land Rover Discovery SVX is the result of what happens when a goal is set and that goal is accomplished. On paper, it’s billed as the most powerful version of the Discovery ever created, and the numbers certainly speak for themselves as the Discovery SVX is capable of producing 525 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, thanks in large part to the SUV carrying a much bigger 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine compared to the smaller 3.0-liter V-6 mill that all other Land Rover Discovery SUVs come in. It’s not just about the engine either. SVO understood that for the Discovery SVX to reach its full off-road potential, it needed significant changes to its mechanical and handling faculties. The division did just that, and a whole lot more. Certainly, the results speak for themselves.
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2017 Land Rover Discovery by Startech
Startech may be overshadowed by its parent company, Brabus, in the tuning world, but the tuner has proven itself to be as adept in building kits for a wide range of vehicle brands. One of those brands is Land Rover, and as fate would have it, Startech is presenting its latest program for the Discovery SUV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The program has a more style-over-substance feel to it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially for an SUV like the Discovery, which caters to more than just the off-road adventurers of the world. Those who prefer a proper dress-up for their SUVs are the targets here, hence the lack of an engine upgrade that puts more power to the SUV’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine. It is fitting, too, that with Startech’s kit for the SUV arrived just as the Discovery underwent its biggest stylistic change since 2009. Put all of these elements together and it’s easy to see why Startech wants to be one of the first in the tuning scene to have one in the market. Other tuners like Kahn Design will inevitably have theirs at some point, but for now, the spotlight is squarely on Startech to make a positive impression on owners of the new SUV. Considering its pedigree as a company owned by Brabus, it wouldn’t be hard for Startech to live up to its parent firm’s reputation.
Continue after the jump to learn more about the Land Rover Discovery by Startech
Debuting for the 2016 model year, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport has revived Land Rover’s entry-level segment. Basically replacing the ancient LR2, the Disco Sport brings new life to the brand thanks to shared architecture and a powertrain from the more upscale 2013-2015 Land Rover Range Rover. But things are getting even better. Bowing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux.
This range-topping version injects more oomph into the baby Disco’s rhythm. Swanky exterior modifications that include gloss black finishings add a sinister appeal to the SUV’s classy appearance. New colors and materials grace the interior, making the cabin a more luxurious place.
What’s more, the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux has upgrades beyond its appearance. Yep, the SUV is debuting a new off-road traction aid that is rolled into Land Rover’s highly regarded Terrain Response system. Called All Terrain Progress Control, the software acts like a low-speed cruise control, helping the driver navigate even the toughest off-road situations.
We’ve seen a similar system on a few Toyota products, namely the 2014 Toyota 4Runner and all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Like Toyota’s Crawl Control, the Discovery’s ATPC holds the vehicle’s speed between 1 and 19 mph, depending on the driver’s settings and the terrain. The system also features a low-traction “launch” function that keeps the tires from breaking loose on slick surfaces like ice or wet grass.
The Land Rover’s heritage might be off-road performance, but the new Dynamic Lux package also brings Active Dynamics with MagneRide dampers. The variable-stiffness dampers give the Disco an uncanny on-road feel and sports car-like handling.
Continue reading to learn more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux.
The Land Rover Range Rover is considered by many to be the best all-around SUV on the market. Not only does it live up to its off-road heritage, the luxury SUV offers spectacular on-road handling and performance not normally found in such a large vehicle. Well Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations has taken the Range Rover one step further. Meet the Range Rover Sentinel – a fully armored SUV with the capability of protecting its four occupants from everything short of a missile strike.
The Sentinel version of the Range Rover standard wheelbase adds a cocoon of protection for the cabin, including multi-laminated bulletproof glass; armored plating in the roof, doors, and floor; and specialized wheel inserts that allow the vehicle to be driven even with flat tires.
Despite all these added features, the Sentinel looks like any regular Range Rover. Upgraded wheels are the only real difference — that is if the driver keeps the emergency lights and siren system turned off. The Range Rover Sentinel is fully customizable though Land Rover’s SVO division, beyond offering the standard battery of interior and exterior color options.
The Sentinel’s armoring is fully certified to VR8 standards, meaning it can withstand .30 caliber, 7.62 mm high velocity armor-piercing incendiary rounds from weapons like the AK-47. It can also withstand blasts of up to 15 kg (33 pounds) of TNT and DM51 grenade explosions.
The vehicle also comes with a driver-training program to teach owners or their chauffeurs how to handle the heavily weighted vehicle in attack situations. Land Rover began taking orders in September, 2015 for customers located in the U.K., Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Continue reading to learn more about the Land Rover Range Rover Sentinel.
It’s hard to confuse the Land Rover defender for a modern-day all-road utility vehicle.
The aesthetics pretty much give it away off the bat. But even with the utilitarian façade, the Defender is still capable of getting a luxury treatment. German tuner, Startech, proved that with its latest program for the Defender, which is headed to the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
The official details have yet to be revealed, but judging by the photos we’re seeing, the Defender definitely looks like its ready to dance at Frankfurt, packed with aesthetic and aero modifications, including a redesigned grille, a new set of LED headlamps and plenty of aluminum accents.
The interior is where the Defender looks to have leveled-up to become a true wonder of luxury. The wooden floors on the rear are a nice touch, as are the premium trims that seem to have been appropriately placed inside the Defender’s cabin.
Plenty of leather and Alcantara were also used inside the Defender, highlighting the contrast in personality the exterior and the interior of this utility vehicle.
More details are set to arrive once the Frankfurt Auto Show opens its doors. But we gotta say, this Startech program really captures our imaginations.
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The fourth-generation Land Rover Discovery — known as the LR4 in the U.S. — was launched in 2009 and since then, it’s remained relatively unchanged. That’s all about to change, as for the 2014 model year the SUV receives a revised exterior look and more importantly, the old gas-burning V-8 engine gets the old heave-ho in favor of the new, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that is more fuel-efficient and delivers nearly the same performance figures.
For the 2014 model year, the Discovery receives a new front fascia that includes new, headlights, "Discovery" badges and bumper. Land Rover continues to offer the Black Design Pack, which updates the exterior look even further and adds new 20-inch alloy wheels.
The new Land Rover Discovery will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will roll into dealerships in mid-November.
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Land Rover recently unveiled the new-generation Range Rover, but we haven’t heard anything about the more powerful Range Rover Sport. Well, the model is now back into the picture, as our spy photographers managed to catch it during its cold-weather testing in the Arctic Circle.
To help you differentiate it from the standard Range Rover, Land Rover made the Sport version slightly wider and lower, with a more sloped roofline.
Under the hood, Land Rover will borrow its engine lineup from Jaguar, meaning we will see a choice of both diesel and gasoline engines, with the 510-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine from the Jaguar XK-R at the top of the lineup. Land Rover also announced it will use lots of aluminum in the Range Rover Sport’s construction, making it a lot lighter than the current version.
Expect the new Land Rover Range Rover Sport to be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The iconic Land Rover Defender is still, along with the venerable Mercedes-Benz G-Class, one of the few remaining old-school off-roaders, both cars representing an era that will soon become just a romantic memory inside the minds of 4x4 purists everywhere around the world.
When Tata-owned Land Rover launched its two latest concepts during the Frankfurt Auto Show, the DC100 and the DC100 Sport, its marketing people were probably gunning for the children of the very same 4x4 purists mentioned earlier.
Unfortunately, according to the purest definition of the word “purist”, those Land Rover fans will probably be the ones completely saddened by the launch of the aforementioned concept cars. Why, you ask? Well, both the Land Rover DC100 and the DC100 Sport preserve almost nothing from the tradition of the old and trusted Defender model, which has been manufactured in more or less the same form since 1983, while being based on the original Land Rover, the Series.
Thankfully for the die-hard fans, the DC100 and DC100 Sport represent just the start in a four year journey of reinterpreting the Defender in a modern, twenty first century form. They are both like a pilot episode for a new show, if you wish.
Interested in every detail of the Defender Concept 100? Hit the jump and you’ll find out.
UPDATE 01/05/12: Land Rover’s decision to skip the 2012 NAIAS has cast a few raised eyebrows in the industry. Apparently, their new Indian ownership - Tata Motors - decided to bring Land Rover and Jaguar to their home auto show at the Delhi Auto Expo. In the case of the former, it meant that the Land Rover DC100 Concept would be in attendance dressed in a fancy Firenze Red paint finish. In so many words, this version of the DC100 Concept is all sorts of hot! Check out the new photos in the gallery!
The second concept car - next to the DC100 Concept - Land Rover has unveiled in Frankfurt is the sportier version, the DC100 Sport. The second concept is basically a roof-less version of the DC100 with a more aggressive appearance. It takes its inspiration from the early canvas-roofed Defenders with their fold-down windscreens, but has been redesigned as a performance concept for the 21st century.
The DC100 Sport features a wraparound aero screen and cut-down side
windows, and is painted in a special yellow inspired by the vibrant ochre hues found in Africa. On the interior, the seats are trimmed in leather with a lightweight, breathable mesh insert in a bold Tribal Tech pattern. The same pattern is repeated on the floor of the DC100 Sport where floor mats
are made of Ombrae, a sculptural medium used in art installations and modern architecture.
The DC100 Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine
with hybrid compatibility mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with Intelligent Stop/Start and a transfer case.
UPDATE 01/06/12: Land Rover trooped to the 2012 Auto Delhi Expo and brought their two new Land Rover Defender Concepts dressed in a fiery Firenze Red finish. We gotta say, these new digs are all sorts of smokin’ in our eyes! Agree? Check out the gallery!
The now Indian owned Land Rover brand will unveil the limited edition Range Rover Sport Autobiography at the Frankfurt Motor Show. With a scheduled production of only 500 units, the new limited edition Land Rover will feature interior upgrades like a two tone premium leather as well as a few unique exterior design cues like the mesh grill and matching fender vents and a set of 20 inch diamond finished alloy wheels to complete the exterior.
The Autobiography edition Land Rover is based on the 3.6 liter TDV8 and Supercharged versions of the go anywhere all terrain vehicles and will be available with the world class Logic 7 1200W Harman Kardon High Dynamics audio system that features up to 15 independent channels of clean crisp sound being delivered through 19 premium quality speakers.
Press release after the jump.
It seems that Frankfurt’s didn’t end. Land Rover will unveil a new Concept Car today. As you can see from the image the company released is about a two-door SUV, and if it is to believe the Land Rover’s Frankfurt media kit is about a concept in which the company will unveil a new technology that will cut CO2 emissions.