As we inch closer to Land Rover Defender production, more and more images are emerging of the vehicle undergoing testing. Here the Land Rover Defender has been spotted on the Nurburgring.
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While the Nurburgring doesn't seem to be the most appropriate place for a Land Rover Defender, suspension, chassis and brakes still need to be evaluated and assessed in harsh conditions. The previous Defender didn't have a stellar reputation for on-road manners, which makes this appearance at the Nurburgring interesting. If the new-gen Defender is to be a success, it will have to drive like a premium JLR offering and be comfortable on the tarmac, without impacting its iconic go-anywhere capability.
From what we know, the body-on-frame structure has been replaced by a monocoque made out of aluminium and there'll be an independent rear suspension. This new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) is smart in that it allows for different configurations such as petrol, diesel, hybrid and all-electric.
We're still some way away from seeing a production-ready Land Rover Defender, so fans of this iconic vehicle will have to wait.