Testing of the new Defender is already underway around the world with the first development mules and prototypes reaching North American shores earlier this month. Testing on the continent provides valuable data to engineers given the wide variety of terrain and surfaces available in America. Engineers will subject the vehicle to rigorous test extremes to make sure the new Defender is the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever; operating in temperatures from -40F to +120F while driving the test vehicles on- and off-road at altitudes of more than 13,000 feet above sea level.
Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director said: “We are enormously excited to be revealing the first member of the Defender family during 2019 with UK customers taking delivery in 2020.
“The Defender nameplate stands for durability and alongside Range Rover delivering ultimate luxury and Discovery offering the best versatility in the market, we will have an SUV for every customer requirement.”
With an all-new exterior and interior design respecting Defender’s unmistakable shape, the next-generation Defender will be a revolutionary product for Land Rover with broad appeal. When it debuts in 2019, the new model will represent 70 years of innovation and improvement; honouring the model’s heritage for rugged durability, while remaining a Defender for the 21st century.