The 2019 Land Rover Defender is a legend, with a design that has hardly separated itself from the box-shaped utilitarian and mechanically impenetrable Land Rover introduced in 1948, the Defender, like its German rival, G-Glass, has a reputation as one of the most capable vehicles on the road. Unfortunately, the off-road icon was phased out in early 2016 due to safety and emissions regulations – after more than three decades of continuous production. The good news is that the successor is coming in 2020, and the prototype has only just been spotted. Thick camouflage gears hide smaller details such as the contours of the hood and roof, as well as the design of the rear canopy.
The prototype refers to the wheelbase, the 5-door Defender, but the wheelbase, a 3-door model is also in the works. Various other body styles are planned, including pickup. The short-wheeled model could end up being a Defender Sport. We have also heard that plug-in hybrid and all-electric Defenders are planned.
2019 Land Rover Defender Design
Redesigning the icons is no easy task, and Land Rover does not intend to go the simple route of simply updating its original design to the latest regulations, as Mercedes-Benz did with its redesigned G-Class. The Land Rover seems to increase the size of the Defender as well as retain some of the proportions of the original while also solidifying the stance. The redesigned Defender was originally scheduled to arrive in 2015, but frequent design changes have led to delays. The 2011 DC100 line of concept vehicles should have hinted at a new, inexpensive Defender designed to target Toyota’s Hilux workforce. Those plans didn’t sit well with Defender devotees, so this was brought back to the design team’s drawing board. The vehicle is now confirmed to be launched in 2020, which means we will probably see it as a 2021 model.
Under the revised plan, the Defender will be positioned as a premium offering, not unlike the G-Class. This led to the decision to build the SUV on a new platform known as the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA), which will be shared with the next-generation versions of Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Discovery. This means fully independent front and rear suspension, with a new rear design seen in the spy photos. The low-range transmission case and multiple differential locks should continue to be present for peak performance when moving off-road.
2019 Land Rover Defender Engine
The powertrains should include a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 as a basic option and the same engine that runs on an electric motor in plug-in hybrid form. Such a setup features plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, where it delivers 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. 6-cylinder turbochargers are also likely, and as mentioned earlier, an electrical option is expected.
2019 Land Rover Defender Safety
2019 Defender’s simple construction and old design mean that mechanical reliability must be almost non-existent. Because they are such beloved vehicles, there are Land Rover experts on the length and breadth of the country available in the event of a problem. The area of concern for the Defender owner is security. Despite its very long production facility of the current generation, Defender has never been independently tested by Euro NCAP. Add to that the fact that there are no standard airbags or seat belt pretensioners and the car starts to look worryingly insecure. In recent years, Land Rover has added traction and electronic stability control to the standard kit, which should at least help you avoid a collision.