2020 Land Rover Defender price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
February 14, 2019

An image has leaked online showing the interior of the 2020 Land Rover Defender. We have all the latest on the car’s price, specs and release date.

  • 2020 Land Rover Defender

    interior image leaks online

  • Specs include

    four-wheel drive and formidable off-road ability

  • Price & release date

    £35,000 estimated; on sale in 2020

An image showing the interior of the new 2020 Land Rover Defender has leaked onto Twitter – showing the seismic leap its cabin has taken compared to the agricultural old model.

While getting an infotainment screen in the old Defender would have been tantamount to finding a WW2 era wireless kitted out with DAB digital radio, in the 2020 Land Rover you’ll get two of them – one in the centre of the dash and another that sits behind the steering wheel in place of conventional dials. You’ll use them to control pretty much all of the car’s systems – from the stereo to the four-wheel drive. What they’ll also likely do is visualise the car’s four-wheel drive system allowing you to set up the car perfectly for the kind of off-road conditions it has been built for. The 2020 Land Rover Defender will also get the Clear Sight Ground View system fitted to the Evoque which provides you an augmented view of the ground below the front of the car – allowing you to steer its wheels around obstacles.

If the infotainment screens don’t stand out to you then the jump in build quality will do. Even from this single pic, it is clear that the 2020 Land Rover Defender will shy away from the brittle plastics that the old model was famed for. And – if the green tinge of this car is anything to go by – you should also be able to choose from a range of colour finishes.

What else can you take from this pic? Well if the ‘stop’ and ‘go’ pedals are anything to go by it’s clear someone at Land Rover has a sense of humour and its also interesting to note the 7,000rpm on the rev-counter – indicating that the Defender will be offered with a high-revving petrol engine.

Keep reading for all the updates we have made to this story over the past few months.

2020 Land Rover Defender updated 31/1/19

Land Rover has released a video of the 2020 Land Rover Defender wearing full camouflage while tackling tough terrain that would leave most SUVs stuck.

The clear message is that the 2020 Land Rover Defender will be just as capable off-road as the super-tough old model that went out of production in 2016. That much is clear 40 seconds in where the car is seen tackling two-feet deep mud, showcasing its lofty ground clearance and immense traction. The latter presumably coming about thanks to a clever four-wheel-drive system that can send power to specific wheels to drag you out of trouble in pretty much any conditions. Tellingly, it’s not a seasoned off-road driver at the wheel, but the company’s US Marketing VP, Kim McCullough, an indication that you don’t need to be an expert off-roader to access the Defender’s full potential.

And that counts for the full catalogue of terrains as McCullough guides the 2020 Land Rover Defender over rock gardens, down steep inclines and through deep water.  What’s different about this latest model is that it is also shown in the city – suggesting that it’ll be a car that can cope with town driving, somewhere the old model, with its un-yielding clutch pedal and ponderous steering, never felt entirely comfortable.

One thing that doesn’t look set to change in the 2020 Land Rover Defender is the boot-mounted spare wheel. It’s seen for the first time in this video and while it has its downsides – it makes the boot lid heavy to open and is vulnerable to thieves – it’s also readily accessible. Handy, if you puncture a tyre on the trail because you won’t have to empty the entire contents of the boot just to access its replacement.

New 2020 Land-Rover Defender price and release date

We’re a while away from the reveal of the 2020 Land Rover Defender so prices won’t be confirmed just yet. That said, a price tag of around £35-40,000 would keep the car in the same ballpark as the more utilitarian old model and won’t price it out of the reach of people those who’ll use the Defender as a working vehicle.

New 2020 Land-Rover Defender styling

These prototype pics give us our first idea how the 2020 Land Rover Defender will look and the word that best describes it is… ‘chunky’. This seems like a wise move when you look at the reincarnations of alternative utilitarian SUVs like the tiny Suzuki Jimny and the latest version of the hulking great Mercedes G-Class – both of which play on the boxy styling of the cars they replace.

And cars don’t come much more utilitarian than the Land Rover Defender. Like the Suzuki and the Mercedes, this is an SUV that really does need to work 0ff-road and the wheel-at-each-corner look of this prototype model means it’ll be able to tackle gradients that would beach a Nissan Qashqai. The off-set badge on the grille of the car in these pictures mirrors the design seen in Land-Rover’s latest models but those square, flat bumpers should be much cheaper to replaces than the more bulbaceous trims you get on a trendier car such as the Land Rover Discovery.

Around the side, the huge, easily damaged wheels you get with a top-of-the-range Range Rover are out and in their place we can see smaller rims, with high profile, grippy tyres that’ll be much better suited to finding their way across a variety of terrains. The significant cornering lean shown by this car also seems to indicate that the new Defender will get massive axle articulation allowing it to keep its tyres on the ground even over extremely uneven surfaces – giving you loads of traction.

Take in the back of the car and again you’ll see simple flat panels that’ll be cheap to replace along with a small rear bumper that’s huge clearance should prevent it getting ripped of when you’re tackling tough terrain. Perhaps the best news, however, is that the Defender dodges the ugly offset number plate that’s proved so unpopular on the new Discovery.

New 2020 Land-Rover Defender specs

Every part of the new Land-Rover Defender will be developed with tough off-roading in mind. That’ll start from the ground up with a solid ladder chassis that’ll make the Defender heavy but also allow it to bounce of boulders that would cripple a regular family SUV like a Nissan Qashqai. A ladder chassis would also make the Defender strong enough to pull huge loads – the old car was loved by the UK’s police because it could haul a stranded articulated lorry off the motorway even if it was fully loaded.

The Defender will also be styled to take a hard life in its stride. Minimal front and rear overhangs will help it scale ridiculously steep gradients, while easily removed body panels will keep repair costs cheap when you pick up inevitable bumps, scrapes and scratches. It should look a lot more modern than the original model, though, with a less fussy, smooth body and tight panel gaps, while you can expect it to come equipped with power-saving LED front and rear tail lights. Bettering the old model’s off-road ability is a tall order, but making it more accessible to amateur off-roaders shouldn’t be a problem. Expect the old car’s confusing combination of manually selected differentials and low-range gears to be swapped for a straightforward Terrain Response selector that’ll set the car up for a variety of off-road conditions – such as sand, snow and mud –automatically.

New 2020 Land-Rover Defender engines and driving

Jaguar Land-Rover’s latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and petrol Ingenium engines are likely to find a new home in the Defender, and both manual and automatic gearbox options should be available. It’ll be far more refined than the old model, which isn’t saying much. A hybrid is also expected, it’ll use a petrol engine alongside an electric motor. It is likely to offer 31 miles of electric-only power. The old Land-Rover Defender was at best terrible and at times a dangerous road car, especially if you had just stepped out of a modern family car with safe and predictable road handling. The new model should be a huge improvement with suspensions that’ll not suffer from horrendous body roll in bends and sophisticated stability control systems that’ll stop you from losing control of the car even during evasive manoeuvres.

New 2020 Land-Rover Defender interior

Not too much is known about the Defender’s interior yet, but expect it to be a more inviting place to sit than the old model’s which had all the warm and welcoming qualities of a prison cell. Expect to see some soft-touch plastics and equipment like leather seats and climate control, although rubber mats and seat covers will be options worth investing in if you plan to use your new Defender as its maker intends.