Land Rover has published a fresh teaser video showing its new Defender doing a spot of off-roading, with the British brand also confirming the upcoming model will be offered in the United States. The clip follows the first teaser image released in December 2018.
Expect the new Defender to be fully revealed relatively in 2019, with sales set to start in 2020.
From what we can tell from the camouflaged prototype appearing in the video, the reimagined automotive icon will bear a suitably boxy design, although one fairly far removed from that of the original.
Indeed, the Whitley-based firm says while its next generation Defender will “preserve the historic foundation of rugged durability, versatility and capability" of the original, it will feature "a revolutionary design and the latest technologies”.
The new-generation Defender is expected to run on the automaker’s latest all-aluminium platform, ditching the original’s ladder-frame chassis. Late in 2017, Gerry McGovern, the British brand’s design director, promised the new model would retain the original’s off-road capability, but warned it wouldn’t necessarily look much like its predecessor.
While spy photographers have snapped the short-wheelbase Defender 90 and the larger five-door 110 derivative, an earlier report suggested Land Rover would also include a bakkie in the upcoming range, positioned to take on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
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