Land Rover teases new Defender again as development reaches a 'milestone'

Oscar PerryMay 02, 2019

The tests will ensure the new Defender is "the toughest and most capable Land Rover ever made", Engineering Director Nick Rogers said Tuesday in a statement.

Defenders will next be deployed to Kenya, where they'll assist the Tusk Trust's operations at the Borana Conservancy nature reserve, towing heavy loads, wading through rivers and carrying supplies across unforgiving terrain in a series of real-world trials at the 14,000-hectare reserve.

Here the new Defender spends some time in the sand.

As Land Rover opened up registrations of interest in the new Defender that date can't be too far away; the auto maker simply says the official launch will be "later this year".

Whether you knew about it or not, Monday marked World Land Rover Day, and to celebrate the occasion, Land Rover saw fit to bring us an update on the development of the next-generation Land Rover Defender. These include 50-degree heat of the desert, the sub 40-degree cold of the Arctic, as well as altitudes of up to 10,000 feet at the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

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The company also confirmed that while the new Defender (set to run on an all-aluminium platform, thus ditching the original's ladder-frame chassis) has been "designed and developed" in the United Kingdom, it will be built at a recently opened manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

On-road dynamics have been tested at the Nurburgring in Germany while all-terrain prowess has been honed at Land Rover's traditional test base at Eastnor, UK. Today, the Indian-owned firm said it would restart production in its new £1bn Slovakian plant, where it already builds the Land Rover Discovery.

It is understood that the new Defender will copy its predecessor with short (90-inch) and long (110-inch) wheelbases and will be the basis for a range of vehicles with different specialties. Mild and plug-in hybrid variants will also be on offer.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said the new vehicle will be designed and engineered in the United Kingdom, and will be unveiled later this year.

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