All-new 2020 Land Rover Defender will debut next year

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Much of the vehicle's off-road ability will be delivered via a suite of the latest technologies to make the Land Rover Defender unrivalled when the going gets tough, yet equally at home on city streets. Think of them as "a holiday gift...and a hint of what's to come in the New Year".

Test vehicles will operate in temperatures as low as -40 Celsius and as high as 48 Celsius and at altitudes of 13,000 feet above sea level. We believe that it will be the same story on the inside with a mix of old school design and new Land Rover tech.

There's little to go about right now but we know this much that the vehicle will sport a mix of the classic Defender lines as well as the latest design philosophy from Land Rover.

Land Rover has confirmed that its new long-awaited next-generation Defender model will be fully revealed during 2019 with first customer deliveries from 2020. The Defender lasted in series production until 2016.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender will be the company's most capable off-roader yet officials say
The 2020 Land Rover Defender will be the company's most capable off-roader yet officials say

It was actually a fairly badly-kept secret, but now Land Rover has made it official: The British automaker will bring the Defender nameplate back to the North American market after an absence of just over 20 years.

As the rugged new 4X4 continues its testing phase - already seen on United Kingdom roads under camouflaged disguise - the British manufacturer said prototypes have arrived on U.S. soil in the New Year as part of the off-roader's world-wide extreme capability testing. "It will be something that moves the game on for Land Rover". That includes familiar design cues like the squared-off body seen here, with round headlights and the rear-mounted full-size spare tire. The New York International Auto Show is in April, so we're counting down the months.

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