New Land Rover Defender Preview

November 13th, 2018 by

Land Rover Defender parked in desert landscape

We couldn’t be more excited that a new Land Rover Defender has been announced for the 2020 model year, and Land Rover has been generating buzz for this new model with the clever #BEST4X4XFAR campaign. While its release date is still a ways off, find out what we know so far about the resurrection of this classic Land Rover legacy at Land Rover West Chester near Philadelphia, and reach out with any questions!

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What Will the 2020 Land Rover Defender Look like?

This new model is anticipated to have independent suspension, and will possibly offer a two-door version in addition to the four-door style. Based on the most recent spy shots of the new Defender prototype, it will have a fairly even balance of the original Defender style and modern Land Rover design.

Throwback Defender Design

The first Defender (then called the Land Rover One Ten) was originally released in 1983 with a classically 80’s angular design and rounded headlights. Some similarities that the new Defender shares with the original at the current stage in its development include:

  • Boxy design and thick roof
  • Sharp corners and 90-degree angles
  • Flat hood and sides
  • Short front and rear overhang for better off-roading on steep angles
  • Split rear hatch, with top swinging up and bottom swinging to the side

Many speculate that this split hatch is designed to accommodate a spare tire like would see on a Jeep Wrangler–another classically-styled adventure vehicle.

Modern Design Elements

  • Curved windshield and curved front grille and bumper
  • Less pronounced A-pillar separation
  • Grille design and rectangular headlights similar to current Range Rover
  • Side panels transition with seamless curving into the fender flares

Land Rover Defender News

An Engineering Feat

This October, the Land Rover Classic team demonstrated their prowess by fully assembling a one-of-a-kind soft-top Land Rover Defender over just four days. This all happened in a display window of the Selfridges on Oxford Street in London, in full view of shoppers, and the Defender is now a centerpiece in the store. Selfridges department store is famous for its elaborate and show-stopping window displays, so it was a fitting stage for the assembly of a Defender.


The best way for Land Rover fans to get the latest Land Rover Defender news and updates is to follow the #BEST4X4XFAR hashtag on social media like Instagram and Twitter. 2020 might seem far away, but you can satisfy your curiosity in the meantime!

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Learn more about the Land Rover brand at Land Rover West Chester, and browse the current Land Rover models for sale to find one to take home to Exton or Chester Springs.


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