1997 was the last year the Land Rover Defender was sold in the US, and after even though sales in the UK carried on until 2016, it’s been over 20 years since Land Rover dealerships here have sold Defenders.
After all this time, the icon is soon to return to the world with an entirely new design and set up. While we won’t know all of the official details until later this year, here’s everything we know about the 2020 Land Rover Defender.
2020 Land Rover Defender Price
First up, I want to talk price. While the video is about everything we know, I want to clear some things up. Right now, we don’t know what the new Defender will be priced out. Looking online, media outlets have a range from $50,000 to $100,000. Really? Who would have though.. A Land Rover in the range of $50,000 to $100,000…
Point is, nobody currently knows where the Defender will be priced. Even based off of their current line up, there’s little room for it to squeeze in there. Personally, I’m thinking the new flagship Land Rover will sit in between the Discovery and Range Rover Sport – roughly around $60,000 for the base model. But again, that’s just my speculation.
The Defender lineup could quickly become complex. Land Rover has the Special Vehicle team that can take a starting price up into the hundreds of thousands – The SVA for example.
So from here, Land Rover can take it two ways.
1) It can go the route of utilitarian. This is what I’m expecting from what we’ve seen. The iconic Defender has always been known for being a very basic machine. Sure, things will be modernized and more tech will be included, but ultimately, I see it competing closely with the Jeep Wrangler.
2) The Mercedes Route. The G Wagon is the symbol of Miami Florida and conquers the Chinese and Russian markets. It’s very possible that the new Defender completes with the G Wagon and forgets it’s routes. I don’t have a huge problem with this, but I think for Land Rover to make the name for the Defender in the US again, the price needs to be a bit closer to the Wrangler.
Jaguar Land Rover Executives have said that this new Defender will be even more capable than the previous Defender off-road, which is why I’m personally expecting the lower starting price rather than a base model price of $100,000; however, only time will tell.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the North American market had a higher price tag while the rest of the world had a more basic version of the Defender at a lower price.
New Land Rover Defender Specs
Now let’s talk some quick stats and changes.
Currently, in the UK, the Defender is being tested with a 2.0-liter diesel setup, but with its lack of popularity in the US, we’ll most certainly see a petrol model in the lineup.
Along with that, expect to see a hybrid setup for the new Defender at launch or soon after. Jaguar Land Rover has already stated that post-2010 models will all have “electrification in some way.” While I’m the biggest fan, it’s good to see they at least are keeping up with the industry shifting towards hybrid setups… I guess.
The new Defender is also on an all-aluminum chassis and body. Hopefully, you’ll be able to drive over a speed bump without flattening it. One downside to purists and fans of the old setup, though, is that the new Defender will utilize an independent rear suspension rather than it’s previous solid rear axle.
While this won’t make a difference to most people, there’s surely going to be disgust from off-road enthusiasts who take their overloading very seriously. For someone buying one for daily use, you won.
As I said, though, Land Rover state the new Defender will be the most capable Land Rover ever, so I don’t see much to worry about in the off-road regard.
Since we’re on the subject of pissing off purists, let’s talk design. Since all we’ve seen for now is the test mule, it’s hard to speculate on what the exact design is. All we’ve seen so far are angles, and there are some huge changes this time around.
The headlight set up is completely new with what appears to be a more rounded grill. The rear of the new Defender also appears to look like a Discovery 4 morphed into a Discovery 5. Nothing too surprising there. The tail light set up does seem to have some resemblance to the glory days of the Defender. We’ll do more videos about the Defender’s design as it’s released, but as for now, this is what we have.
Land Rover Defender Models
Switching gears, let’s talk layout. The Defender has been one of the most utilized vehicles in the world with everything from firetrucks to consumer models. We’ve have the 130 pickup, 110, 90, and so on.
Currently, it looks like the new Defender will start with a 110 and 90 set up; however, I’m not too sure on the naming since the 110, 90, etc was based on the size. However, it’s very possible Land Rover keep the “90” name for the 3 doors and the “110” name for the 5 doors.
There’s no evidence that we’ll be seeing a 130 pickup, though.
It’s more like, though, that we see Special Vehicle versions of the Defender. With the new Discovery, Land Rover announced SVX – essentially the high-end off-road version of the normal Discovery. We’ve also seen the SVR Sport and the SVA full size.
I fully expect to see an SVX version of the new Defender, and if they take the route of competing with the G Wagon, we’ll be seeing an SVR and SVA. Land Rover has already said that they’re “not just launching a car, they’re launching a family of cars.”
So with that, I see a 90, 110, SVA, SVR, SVX, and so on.
And unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the new 2020 Land Rover Defender. Land Rover has been very vague and secretive with the new icon, but I have big plans for the future of this channel to involve a new Defender in some way. So I’ll be keeping up with all of the news and sharing what we know when we know it.
So what are your thoughts on the new Defender, and where do you think the price will start? Let me know. My passion revolves around Land Rover, so let’s start the conversation!