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The new Land Rover Defender brings advanced tech, proper off-roading ability and starting price of £40k

There were dozens of top-line car launches in 2019, but there’s no doubt what the biggest arrival was, based on your feedback and the number of you that visited our pages on autoexpress.co.uk. The reborn Land Rover Defender was clearly our star of 2019. Now, with the 90 and 110 models on sale priced from £40,000, it’s time to see how the new Defender goes down with the people who really matter, the car buying public.

The design and engineering teams at Land Rover had an unenviable task when setting out to create a new Defender. The model had been at the heart of the brand ever since it was the basis for the firm’s creation in 1948. And while production of the ‘original’ Land Rover ended in 2016, Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth called it “the saddest moment of my life”.

As such, the crowds clamoured onto the Land Rover stand at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to witness the return of the iconic nameplate. And at precisely 10.05am on Tuesday 10 September, the music blared, a ramp folded down from the top of the stage and a Defender 110 drove down it. There had been leaks beforehand but even so, the accompanying applause as the covers came off was loud and long.

“I often have conversations with traditionalists and they’ll say, ‘Oh, don’t change it, just make it like it is.’ But it wasn’t relevant any more. That car, great as it was, was designed for a different time. People were smaller and the amount of comfort people expect in their cars has changed. But it’s a fact that this is the toughest and most capable Defender ever made.”

The car in our pictures is a 110, the five-door version of the new model. The three-door 90 is now also on sale and a Defender commercial vehicle variant will follow, if leaked internal documents are to be believed, a longer 130 model with extra load capacity beyond the sixth and seventh seats, is also in the pipeline.

Despite the evolution, the new car’s profile is unmistakably Defender, with the distinctive bonnet and strong roofline, not to mention the spare wheel sited on the side-opening tailgate. This alone presented an engineering challenge, in fact, because the larger wheels being offered on the new model required new structural capabilities.

see original post at: https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/land-rover/defender/19933/new-2020-land-rover-defender-full-details-specs-and-pics

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