US publication Motor Trend snapped these shots of the Defender test mules on the iconic slopes of Moab, Utah, riding alongside some of the best off-roaders currently in the business: a Wrangler Rubicon and a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen.
Both the two-door and four-door Defenders were in attendance on Moab’s slick rock, with the spy snaps providing a look at the test vehicle’s underbody componentry.
From the shots it’s clear the Defender will run an independent front and rear air suspension as found under the current Discovery. It’ll be interesting to see how much that affects the Defender’s off-road abilities when we get a chance to drive it.
Much like the current full-sized Discovery and Range Rover models, the Defender will be built on the same aluminium monocoque architecture.
Land Rover strategically leaked ‘spy shots’ of the Defender late last year, where it was revealed, much to the pleasure of Land Rover purists, that the iconic boxy shape of the Defender would remain.
The all-new Defender is expected to arrive in 2020. More information will come to light as we near the off-roader’s debut next year, so stay tuned.