Spy Shots: All-new Land Rover Defender

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The all-new Land Rover Defender is due to be launched globally in 2020 and our spy photographers have spotted a pre-production unit undergoing winter testing.

Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

What you can see here may look like an extreme short-wheelbase Range Rover Sport, but it's actually the all-new Land Rover Defender undergoing chassis testing in the harsh winter conditions of Northern Europe. The all-new Land Rover Defender is expected to be launched globally in 2020 and just as before, will be available in various wheelbases. Being a Land Rover Defender, it'll be exceptionally capable over all terrain and will likely find favour in commercial applications as well as lifestyle customers.

On the back of this new Land Rover Defender being spotted, comes news that Land Rover has made a V8-powered Defender to celebrate the vehicle's 70th anniversary. It is powered by a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 engine with 298 kW and 515 Nm, making it the most powerful Defender that Land Rover has built. It'll be fast too, with a claimed 0-100 kph time of 5.6 seconds. Only 150 units will be produced at a price of £150 000 apiece. Alas, it's unlikely that we'll see any of those make their way to South Africa. 


A 5.0-litre V8 with 298 kW and 515 Nm is the highlight of the Land Rover Defender 70th Anniversary edition.

Further Reading

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