Ahead of it going on sale in 2020, Land Rover Defender has been spied testing on public roads for the first time. The vehicle was spotted testing under camouflage on the roads near the Jaguar Land Rover factory. According to the company, the interested customers can expect delivery of the fresh off-roader within the next two years. The first four test vehicles on test will be followed by more pilot build cars to participate in a series of tests in different weather and road conditions before launch.
Speaking about the upcoming Land Rover Defender, Felix Bräutigam, Jaguar Land Rover's chief marketing officer said, “These are what we call Pilot build cars and testing will increase on public roads from now. The first four cars are ready, and now the line is running you can expect the number of test cars to grow exponentially. In time, as you’d expect, the Defender will go through all the usual test routines, from cold weather testing in Arjeplog in Sweden to extreme hot weather testing in Death Valley in the USA. It’s exciting for us to be able to now be one step closer to bringing the car to market, of course. We are talking about the rebirth of an icon and not just as a single car, but as a whole family. Our brand is about passion, and it is icons that drive that passion. The truth is the world doesn’t need another premium brand doing what all the others do. These icons are what separate us; at Land Rover we are rooted in our heritage and that’s what makes us different.”
Though, Land Rover Defender has been an iconic model for the automaker but it went off sale in 2016. A derivative of the Land Rover Series I introduced 70 years ago in 1948, now the carmaker is preparing for the re-launch of the car to offer it with various power units including electric, petrol & diesel. The automaker has also promised the vehicle not to be a “copycat of what has gone before and it will be a car for the modern world.” The vehicle in spy shots is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel motor and the off-road features of the luxurious SUV are also promised to be “sensational”.
He further added, “If we had wanted to recreate the existing car then we could have moved quicker, but it is our view that for an icon to remain an icon it cannot only look backwards, but must move forwards too. The new Defender will move the game on again, and having the benefit for some perspective in order to achieve that should be to our advantage. The one thing I can promise you is that the new Defender will do all that our customers expect of it, without being a copycat of what has gone before. It is a car for the modern world, and that means that it must move the game on if it is to be relevant.”
Currently, Land Rover is developing two variants- a short-wheelbase 90 and a larger 110 one. Both the variants will be available in a number of trims from base level to top- spec models. Also, the manufacturer has confirmed that the Land Rover Defender will be unveiled in 2019. However according to the reports going on in the market, the carmaker will launch the 2020 Land Rover Defender in late summer 2019 and bring it to market in early 2020 and the pricing is expected to cost from £40,000 to 70,000 (INR 33.9 lakh to INR 59.33 lakh). Also, the new Defender codenamed L663, has previously been spied conducting off-road cold weather testing but the new spy shots are the first time it has been seen on public roads. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the 2020 Land Rover Defender.