The 2020 Land Rover Defender has landed in India, a spy shot posted by Team-BHP forum member DeClutch 4X4 has revealed. The prototype is in the hands of Tata Consultancy Services, which means that it's here just for component testing.
The Land Rover Defender is expected to retain its bare-basic, old-school characteristics post the long overdue full model change. Along with the clearly evident boxy body, it should have a high-set bonnet, squarish windows, plain door design, straight shoulder line and roofline, more pronounced wheel arches, leading to a tough yet utilitarian design. While there will be hints of the previous generation model, the design will be drastically different and way more contemporary, according to Land Rover's Design Director Gerry McGovern. Like the Jeep Wrangler, it should come in 2-door SWB and 4-door LWB versions, and the family may include even a pickup truck at a later stage.
On the inside, expect the new Defender to feature a large infotainment screen, a fully digital instrument cluster and a chunky multifunction steering wheel along with a host of comfort and convenience features offered in other modern-day Land Rovers. Reports say that it shares the D7u platform with the Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. In terms of engine expectations, the new Defender should run on a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel units as well as a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol unit featuring 48-volt mild-hybrid technology - all from the Ingenium family.
The design and development of the all-new Defender have been done at JLR's Gaydon base in the UK. Its production will commence at the company's new £1 billion manufacturing plant in Slovakia in early 2020.
Expect the 2020 Land Rover Defender to be launched in the Indian market by early 2021.
[Source - Team-BHP]