Last week, we learned the 25th James Bond movie is titled No Time to Die. And while there are still plenty of mysteries we won’t be privy to until 007 returns to the big screen, one big automotive secret has already been revealed. Because thanks to Instagram user Steven Firth, we now have a picture of the Land Rover Defender without camouflage.
This pic was snapped on the set, and shows the eagerly anticipated SUV in all its beefy glory, complete with rugged tread plates on the upper front fenders. While it’s still considerably rounder and smoother looking than the industrial-grade Defenders we’ve seen in the past, it still retains the square lines which made its elder siblings a striking presence on the road.
Of course, if you could be forgiven if you’re having a hard time recalling how the previous model looked, because it’s been over two decades since you could buy a new Defender on our shores. The last generation was only officially available here for a brief period in the late 1990s, and those of that vintage remain a rare sight on US roads — and command a correspondingly high price on the resale market.
Engine-wise, we’ll likely see 2.0-liter four-cylinder, along with a 3.0-liter V6, both sourced from corporate cousin Jaguar. Both two- and four-door versions will be available, and you can also expect it to have every single bit of off-road electronic trickery in Land Rover’s formidable tool box. The common consensus is that pricing should start around $50,000, though we’d expect the long-wheelbase four doors to command a premium.
Right now, the best intelligence we have says the first version — speculated to be the four-door 110 — of the 2020 Defender will arrive at your local AutoNation-affiliated Land Rover dealer this fall. The two-door Defender 90 is slated to follow in the spring, with the super-size eight-passenger Defender 130 coming toward the end of summer.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, which starts on September 10th. More news when we have it.