Recently we saw a Land Rover Discovery trying out the Nurburgring F1 circuit and now The NEW Land Rover Defender has been spotted testing there – could it be trying to beat the Discoveries time?
You may be surprised to see JLR testing the next Defender on the world’s most notorious racetrack but Jaguar Land Rover actually has an engineering centre near to the circuit.
While the new images don’t reveal much more about the car’s styling, the amount of body roll shown in the images suggests that flat-out driving will probably remain fairly low down in the car’s priorities.
These latest images follow on from an official teaser photo which shows a prototype of the all-new Defender undergoing off-road testing in North America as part of a grueling development cycle – BEST4x4xFAR
Both a short wheelbase Defender ‘90’ and a long-wheelbase Defender ‘110’ has been seen in the testing phase and on the road the latter of the two looks vastly similar in stature to the current Land Rover Discovery.
Will it look like a Defender as we know it?
While it will display similarities with the old car, it is clear Land Rover doesn’t want to create a replica of the original. Speaking from the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief marketing officer Felix Bräutigam said: “The new Defender will not simply be a copy-cat, something retro. It will be something that moves the game on for Land Rover.”
Mules have been powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine according to the registration information held by the DVLA, while other prototypes have been running a petrol engine. With Land Rover has already confirmed that all its models post 2020 will be electrified in some way. It is expected that each powertrain will feature at least a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Jaguar Land Rover insists the Defender will need a “balanced engine portfolio” in order to succeed in all global markets, however. A look under the rear of the car also appears to reveal an independent suspension set-up.
Prices are yet to be confirmed for the new Defender, but the shorter Defender 90 could start from somewhere in the region of £40,000 and the first customers should take delivery in 2020. It’s not yet clear where the new Land Rover Defender will be built, but JLR UK however, the prototype vehicles are being assembled at the company’s aging Brown’s Lane facility.
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