Frankfurt Motor Show: 2020 Land Rover Defender Breaks Cover

Marco Green
September 10, 2019

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said, "The new Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it".

After years of anticipation, the new generation Land Rover Defender has finally been shown at the ongoing 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. This shows in the face with the square LED light cluster and the big central air dam.

The new Defender is built upon Land Rover's new purpose-engineered D7x (for extreme) architecture, which is based on a lightweight aluminium monocoque construction to create the stiffest body structure Land Rover has ever produced. Customers will be able to personalise their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover with four Accessory Packs. To begin with, the new Defender will be available in the 110 wheelbase format, followed by the Defender 90. One of the pre-made packages - called Explorer Pack - sweetens the deal with a snorkel, roof rack, and side gear carriers. It supports electrified powertrains and can be equipped with independent air or coil sprung suspension.

Two body styles on offer are: Defender 90 (5/6 seats), and 110 body style with 5/6/5+2 seating.

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The drivetrain is a Permanent all-wheel-drive system which is paired with a twin-speed automatic gearbox, centre differential and optional Active Locking Rear Differential. Notable new offroading tech is the debut of the fully configurable Terrain Response system. Short front and rear overhangs mean it'll be able to tackle steep hills, while ClearView Ground View technology - as used in the new Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport - allow drivers to see the area usually hidden by the bonnet. Its maximum wading depth of 900 mm is supported by a new Wade programme in the Terrain Response 2 system, which ensures drivers can ford deep water with complete confidence.

It is the same story inside, which sports a boxy and rugged design language that is balanced out with various modern bits and controls. If you're wondering, the count of 6 seats come from an optional middle fold-up front seat.The Defender 90 is more like the 3-door Halo version while the 110 is the full-size SUV.

Two diesel and two petrol engines on offer. This takes the D200 to 62mph in 10.3 seconds, while the D240 takes 9.1 seconds. At launch, the petrol line-up comprises a four-cylinder P300 and a powerful six-cylinder P400, featuring efficient Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology. "Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable - a visually compelling 4x4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment".

Land Rover will sell the Defender in 128 countries so expect the SUV to debut in India by next year.

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