The New Land Rover Defender
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The 2020 Land Rover Defender can become one of the best off-road vehicles on the planet, just like its historic predecessor. Warren Henry Landrover of Miami allows that the new generation of Defender is more comfortable and appealing than the original with an interior that is more in line with today’s more modern SUVs. For the 2020 model year, there are a ton of creature comforts to go along with its rugged appearance. There is a choice of two wheelbases, two available engines, and six trim levels with numerous customizable options to match all your possible desires. We also would like to point out that the Defender is quite a bit larger than it appears in photos.
With the arrival of the 2020 Defender, Land Rover’s extensive lineup grows even larger. The more substantial Defender 110 will go on sale during the spring while the 90 version will be available later in the model year. The variants are named for the earlier models that referenced the wheelbases in terms of inches. The 2020 versions of the Defender have wheelbases that are approximately 10 inches longer than the originals but still will retain the 90 and 110 names for historical context. The styling of the Defender is more rounded and smoothed over with short overhangs which allow for a 38-degree maximum approach angle and a 40-degree departure angle.
Two engine options are available for the 2020 Defender. The 110 version comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque which can get the SUV to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds or less. Consumers can opt for a mild hybrid that provides you with 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque that comes out of a 3.0-liter six-cylinder and pairs with a 48-volt electrical system fed with lithium-ion battery packs. The engine allows the Defender to go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The Defender 90 comes standard with this engine. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a two-speed transfer case, and a permanent four-wheel-drive system. Optional features include a locking center and rear differentials as well as the latest configurable Terrain Response system. The Defender can tow up to an impressive 8,201 pounds.
The Defender will come in six different trim levels which provide it with a wide range of features and options. Highlights across all trims include 18-inch wheels, a full-size spare tire mounted to the tailgate, LED exterior lighting, an air suspension, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a navigation system, frontal collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, trailer stability assist, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Five passenger seating is standard for the 110 and the optional front center seat allows three people to sit in the front row. Cargo capacity for the vehicle maxes out at 78.8 cubic feet.
Land Rovers are automotive icons due to their aggressive design and off-road capabilities. For a moment in the 1990s, Land Rover sold the Defender in the United States which elevated the SUV to a cult-like status among SUV owners. Because of its rarity, the Defender is known as forbidden fruit for off-road enthusiasts. The complete redesign gives the Defender a lot more reach, but only time will tell if the redesigns that Land Rover has made will please fans of the original.