At this point, we should start out by saying that we have more questions than answers about the 2020 Land Rover Defender.
But fortunately, we’ve already gotten the answer to the biggest one that was on the mind of Rover fans here in the States. The question, as you might have guessed, is whether we’ll be getting it on our shores — and we’re happy to report the answer is yes. It’s an exciting development, because while the last generation of the venerable off-roader rolled of the assembly line just a few years back, there hasn’t been a new Defender for sale in America for two decades.
That said, we there’s no question that the latest incarnation will be a huge change from the rough and ready versions we’ve seen in the past. So forget about styling elements like exposed hinges and spare tires on the hood, because the new Defender promises to be a fully modern beast. But one thing that won’t change? It’ll be an absolute monster off road. That’s guaranteed.
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.
We should have full details on the latest Land Rover in September. But if you’re looking to score a new Defender, we’d recommend getting on a list at your local AutoNation-affiliated Land Rover dealer. These are sure to be hot tickets when they hit showrooms. Until then, check out the video below to watch it testing in the wilds of Kenya!