In a well-staged ‘leak’, Land Rover has given the world its best look yet and what the replacement for the iconic Land Rover Defender will look like as this heavily camouflaged prototype was photographed outside the company’s premises.
No details on the new car are available yet but we do know that it will be built on the same aluminium monocoque architecture with four-wheel independent suspension used for the current full-size Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover models.
While that may not please Defender purists, the boxy shape of the five-door bodyshell should. This vehicle looks similar to the body of the Discovery 3 and 4 variants, which will be wider and lower than the traditional Defender’s tall and narrow proportions.
This is expected to create a much more appealing cabin to a wider audience of buyers, whereas the independent suspension will improve the ride comfort at the expense of off road ability.
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Like the current Discovery and Rangies, we expect the new Defender to host a full swag of electronics to aid with traction and off road performance in lieu of the traditional axle articulation and high ground clearance. The next Defender is expected to arrive in 2020 and we’re sure we’ll see more of it as it sheds its disguise in the lead up to its debut.