Land Rover Defender 2020: The iconic wagon gets a fresh update for this year
There aren't many cars that one can easily identify upon first glance — the Land Rover Defender happens to fall into this category. Incorporating its design from a British WWII Willis Jeep, the Land Rover Defender is a British four-wheel drive off road vehicle that first caught the eyes of the public way back at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948. Spanning a legacy of 67 years, production finally ended on the legendary Land Rover Defender on 29 January 2016 after two million units sold — or so we thought.
The all-new Land Rover Defender made its global debut in September 2019 and it has now made its way to our shores. However, many questions were raised from the get go. Can the new Defender be worthy enough to both uphold a legacy of its predecessors and provide justifiable upgrades in drive and comfort? Land Rover's designers and engineers had a tall order in front of them – and they've certainly delivered.
Upon first glance, the Defender definitely lives up to its name. The bodywork is boxy enough to evoke sentimental memories of previous editions. Adopting a relatively minimalistic apporach, its modern silhouette is equally as iconic. The Defender still retains certain details – Alpine light windows in the roof, a side-hinged rear tailgate and externally-mounted spare wheel. This is a nod to their new D7x architecture, with a lightweight aluminium monocoque construction, laying the perfect foundation for a fully independent air suspension and state-of-the-art electric powertrains.
The stripped-back personality of the original Defender has been embraced on the interior. Structural elements and fixings usually hidden from view have been exposed — shifting the emphasis to simplicity and practicality. Innovative features include a dash-mounted gear shifter to accommodate an optional centre front ‘jump’ seat, as well as a full-length folding fabric roof to provide a safari-esque open top experience.
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