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News 2020 Land Rover Defender Inching Closer to Production

2020 Land Rover Defender Inching Closer to Production

The new Land Rover Defender is a highly anticipated luxury SUV expected later this year.

The redesigned 2020 Land Rover Defender is set to debut in 2019 but we don’t have an exact date yet. That said, development seems to be coming to an end as the Defender reached a significant milestone this week when it surpassed 1.2 million kilometers of testing. The milestone comes on World Land Rover Day. Yup, that’s a thing.

The 2020 Defender will now begin its latest round of testing with Land Rover’s preservation partner, Tusk Trust. The Defender will join Tusk Trust in the wilderness of Kenya for the last round of tuning and testing before it returns to the market. Land Rover Defender prototypes will be used to tow and carry supplies across the 14,000-hectare reserves rugged terrain and winding rivers. In other words, it will be the perfect place to test de Defender.

So far Land Rover’s next SUV has been tested in a range of extreme environments including the desert where it faced 50-degree heat and sub 40-degree whether in the Arctic. The Defender also climbed the Rocky Mountains. When you think about the Land Rover Defender, you think of a boxy SUV that can go anywhere, a sort of bridge between a Jeep Wrangler and a Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It certainly appears that it’s testing to make sure the new generation keeps its off-road reputation.

2020 Land Rover Defender
2020 Land Rover Defender | Photo: Land Rover

2020 Land Rover Defender
2020 Land Rover Defender | Photo: Land Rover

2020 Land Rover Defender
2020 Land Rover Defender | Photo: Land Rover

2020 Land Rover Defender
2020 Land Rover Defender | Photo: Land Rover

2020 Land Rover Defender
2020 Land Rover Defender | Photo: Land Rover

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