The previous generation of the legendary Land Rover Defender hung up its boots in January 2016. After a hiatus of nearly four years, the nameplate is set to return in early 2020. Earlier this month, Land Rover released images of camouflaged prototypes of new Defender undergoing grueling validation tests.
The same has now been spotted in Bangalore India, by Team BHP member DeClutch 4×4. The test mule was wearing a white number plate of KA53MG0163. As per RTO data, this number is registered to a Range Rover Evoque, owned by Tata Consultancy Services. The variant spotted is a 2 door, short wheelbase variant.
The new Land Rover Defender is currently in advanced stages of development. The prototypes have clocked a combined mileage of over 1.2 million kilometers across the world in harshest possible conditions. The prototypes have been subjected to temperatures as low as -40 degree and as high as 48 degree Celsius. The engineers have also tested the vehicle at an altitude of up to 13,000 ft.
The automaker has also donated one of its prototypes to British NGO Tusk Trust which uses it to tow heavy loads and ferry supplies at a 1.4 lakh sq-m forest reserve in Kenya. This application would give the engineers valuable insight into how the new Defender fares in a real-world operating condition.
Land Rover says that the next generation Defender will offer “biggest breath of ability of any model to wear the badge” and that says a lot given that every Land Rover by default has immense off-road capabilities. We expect the 2020 Defender to come packed with an array of advanced off-road technologies in addition to comprehensive suit of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).
The new model would be significantly lighter than its successor and will be available in two wheelbase configurations. The longer model which carries ‘110’ badge adopts five-door configuration while the shorter one bears ’90’ badge and has three doors. There are reports that a longer ‘130’ variant is also in the works. We expect the Defender to have enough number of variants and trims to suit a wide range of tastes and applications. Only the high-end variants are expected to make it to India.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender is reported to adopt a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. Other technical specifications are scarce as of now.
The prototypes are swathed in camouflage which masks the finer design details but it is obvious that the designers have retained the typical boxy shape. The SUV is expected to make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show towards the end of this year. Below are some of the images shared by Land Rover officially.