2020 Land Rover Defender price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
March 11, 2019

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a tough off-roader designed for people who need a durable 4×4 – not an SUV that’s all show and no (off road) go. Keep reading for 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

New 2020 Land-Rover Defender price and release date

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is expected to have a price tag of around £35,000 when it goes on sale next year. That might sound expensive for what is a utilitarian SUV but while the Defender will look relatively basic, it’ll be packed full of clever off-road technology that’s designed to keep it going in a variety of conditions.

New 2020 Land-Rover Defender styling

If the prototype cars are anything to go by, you can expect the 2020 Land Rover Defender to keep the chunky appearance of the old model – a similar concept has been employed by the Mercedes G-Class, which has proved a popular replacement for an enduring design classic.

Just like the Mercedes, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is an SUV that really can deal with tough off-roading, something that’s hinted at by its wheel-at-each-corner design. That will help give the car steep approach angles (when driving uphill), tall break over angles (when cresting the top of a hill) and similarly steep departures angles (descending back down a hill) – all of which should stop the car’s body getting damaged when tackling steep gradients.

Up front, the offset badge is a classic design feature that’s carried over from the old Defender – and the rest of the Land Rover range for that matter – but in place of the moulded bumpers you see on the firm’s other cars, the Defender gets simpler bumpers that should be less prone to damage. And cheaper to replace even if they are scraped.

There’s a similar approach around the sides of the car. Out goes the flashy alloy wheels that you might see on a Range Rover and in come smaller wheels that’ll be less likely to be damaged rocks and huge potholes. The small wheels allow for tall profile off-road tyres that’ll offer plenty of offroad traction, but less grip than you might expect on Tarmac. 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. 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.

Improving on 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 a terrible 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

An image showing the interior of the new 2020 Land Rover Defender was 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.

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