The all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender is one of the most anticipated SUVs in recent memory. Here we have images and specs that are leaked just about two days before the new Defender’s official debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show.
This leak (images and information) comes from a South African magazine SA 4×4, and the engine and pricing spec refer to the South African market. Still, we can clearly see the Defender design, all the optional equipment, and get the off-road specs.
2020 Land Rover Defender
According to the leaked story, the new Defender will be available in two variants – a two-door 90 Series and a four-door 110 Series. There are some images of both model here.
You can be the judge of the new Defender styling. It combines some retro-inspired features with a modern rugged look that should be very appealing to the overland enthusiasts and SUV lovers everywhere.
What about the off-road specs? The story lists the following.
- Ground clearance: 291 mm or 11.45 inches
- Water fording depth: 900 mm or 35.4 inches (nearly 3 feet)
Approach, departure, and breaker angles are very respectable.
- Approach angle: 38 deg
- Departure angle: 40 deg
- Breakover angle: 28 deg
The new Defender is said to have permanent AWD system with a 2-speed transfer case (low range). The center differential comes standard, and an active locking rear differential is optional. The Defender will naturally be equipped with a Terrain Response system that can adjust the AWD, transmission, and engine power mapping to various terrain conditions and surfaces.
Any great off-road rig should have plentiful payload capacity to bring people and camping gear along. The new Defender delivers with 1,984 lbs of maximum payload capacity (900 kg) according to the leak.
That’s not all. The optional roof rack (that can also be equipped with a small ladder) is said to handle 661 lbs (300 kg). This should be plenty for a large rooftop tent for two or three people to sleep up there.
Maximum towing is set at 8,200 lbs for the South African configuration. Please keep in mind that a North American version of the Defender may have different power trains and suspension components. The maximum payload and towing capacities will vary.
Interior & Trims
The short-wheelbase 90-Series is said to be able to carry six people with a small “jump seat” that pops up between the two front row seats. The larger 110-Series will have 5, 6, or 5+2 (3-row) seating configurations.
The Defender will be reportedly be available in the following grades: S, SE, HSE, and Defender X. There will four additional accessory packs: Explorer, Adventurer, Country, and Urban.
Under the Hood
The South African version will have at two engine options. They are a 3.0-liter straight six gasoline engine or a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel.
3.0-liter gas I6: 394 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque
2.0-liter diesel I4: 237 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque
South African pricing will start around $56,000 for the smaller 90-Series and $61,400 for the 110-Series when converted to U.S. dollars.
Of course, actual U.S.-spec pricing can vary greatly depending on many factors and available equipment.