The 2020 Land Rover Defender is coming to America

2020 Land Rover Defender returns to the US, and that's awesome as hell

2020 Land Rover Defender returns to the US, and that's awesome as hell

With each successive design - from the Series 1, 2, and 3 Land Rover vehicles, to the later "Defender" branded vehicles - changes were largely evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.

It's been almost three years since the last Land Rover Defender rolled off the assembly line at the automaker's plant in Solihull, England, and more than two decades since the last of the go-absolutely-anywhere utes made it into the U.S. But the long drought is coming to an end.

The new Land Rover Defender is expected to arrive riding on a derivative of the aluminium monocoque platform that now underpins the full-size Range Rover and Discovery models.

Land Rover's boxiest, foxiest SUV - has been forbidden fruit for the U.S. for the last two decades or so. Seemingly assuaging fears that the new Defender's unibody platform and independent front and rear suspension will hamper it off-road when compared to its go-anywhere predecessor, the company insists that the new Defender will be "the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever". In other words, the off-road SUV shares its underpinnings with the next generations of the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Land Rover Discovery.

Like all new Land Rover models, the 2020 Defender will be available as a luxury vehicle, but we are expecting a range of variants in both the SWB and LWB bodies that will also include more off-road focused models and special off-road SVX editions. "This announcement is a holiday gift to our Defender fans in North America and a hint of what's to come in the New Year", said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover North America.

While it will be offered in both three-door and five-door avatars like the Defender has always been, we suspect the new-gen auto will go the Discovery way. A Range Rover-aping clamshell hood replaces the old Defender's separate bonnet. A mild hybrid system is believed to be in development and could be used on some, perhaps all, versions of the new SUV. The New York International Auto Show is in April, so we're counting down the months.

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