Meet the 2020 Defender
Date posted: 11 June 2020
This is the New Land Rover Defender. An icon reimagined for the 21st century, it is clever, capable and safe for all the family, and in a category of its own.
New Defender is built for adventurous hearts and curious minds, for those who know the value of community and strive to make a difference.
Across seven decades of pioneering innovation, Land Rovers have earned a unique place in the hearts of explorers, humanitarian agencies and adventurous families across the world. Proven in the harshest environments on earth, the New Defender maintains this bloodline.
Driven by a passion and respect for the original, New Defender delivers transformational breadth of capability. Advanced all-terrain technologies redefine adventure for the 21st century, remaining true to the pioneering spirit that has been a Land Rover hallmark for 71 years.
Land Rover has defined all-terrain capability and toughness from the conception of its very first 4x4. The Series and Defender models before it, have gone above and beyond for decades, securing iconic status for their ability to help people make more of their world. The New Defender takes these much loved characteristics and reimagines them for the 21st century.
Reinventing a Design Icon
The result is a visually compelling vehicle that couldn’t be anything else but a modern Defender for a world that has changed massively since the original was created.
With its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, the New Defender has toughness at its core while its interior’s rugged modular architecture embraces the spirit of adventure that has been a fundamental part of Land Rover DNA for more than 70 years.
“The New Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it. This is a new Defender for a New Age. Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable – a visually compelling 4x4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment.”
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover
Defender’s characterful front is tough but approachable, emphasised by the geometric forms of its highly technical headlamps which feature the latest adaptive technology, while beautifully sculptured fenders combined with squared wheel arches and strong shoulders all contribute to the vehicle’s sense of solidity and robustness.
At the rear, the geometric forms of the distinctive high-tech lamps harmonise perfectly with the front end design.
The sheerness of the rear vertically maintains the short overhang for a superior departure angle while maximising interior space and accentuating the vehicle’s strong shoulder section.
Every detail of the exterior design has been creatively developed to re-enforce Defender’s DNA; sophisticated, durable and extremely tough, a vehicle design like no other.
“For us designers, nothing comes close to redesigning the last automotive icon. The design of the New Defender is a manifestation of our modernist design philosophy, elemental yet incredibly sophisticated.”Defenders constructivist modular interior architecture communicates its highly functional nature. Underpinned by its practical layout and reductive design. This approach is most evident by the exposed, powder-coated magnesium cross car beam which is integral to the overall strength of the body architecture. This structural die-cast magnesium alloy beam which is available in a range of finishes, features integrated grab handles to aid entry but also for a secure grip when the vehicle is performing serious off-road driving.
Massimo Frascella, Creative Director, Land Rover Design
The main controls, including the central touchscreen, are ergonomically clustered within the magnesium frame to enable the installation of an innovative optional front row centre seat while also allowing for movement across the front of the cabin.
The durable constructivist theme is consistent throughout the interior with visible fixings that retain the structural door casings while partially exposing the painted doors.
This pared-back design philosophy extends to the durable rubberised flooring which combines with flush door sills to provide genuine mop or brush clean functionality. Other details include; cast magnesium features, padded waist rails, grab handles and arm rests.
The innovative Front Row Centre Seat (otherwise known as jump seat) allows three people to travel in the front row. Conceived and designed as an occasional seat, the practical addition means the Defender 110 can be specified with five, six or 5+2 seating while the short-wheelbase Defender 90 can accommodate six occupants in a compact family hatchback length body. When not in use, the seatback folds down to provide a front armrest and oddment stowage, including a pair of additional cupholders.
“Within, we strived to harness Defender’s profound spirit of boundless adventure. A comfortable interior which is at once impeccably handsome for the discerning, shrewd in functionality and prudently qualified in anticipation of any adversity.”
Alan Sheppard, Director, Interior Design, Land Rover
Comfort is also a key part of New Defender, with interior materials focused on retained newness – so even after thousands of miles of adventure the New Defender is sure to look and feel fresh. Customers can choose from three interior colour schemes with scope for personalisation, available by mixing these with different interior finish options.
With a higher tensile tear strength than conventional materials as well as high breathability, wool naturally regulates the climate keeping you warm in the cold and cool in the heat. These fit-for-purpose materials promise to take off-road thrills and on-road spills in their stride.
The Defender has always been a symbol of strength and the new model is the toughest and most capable Land Rover yet, combining a new body structure with world-first technologies and proven hardware to create a Defender that is fit for the 21st century.
Redefining Breadth of Capability
The lightweight all-aluminium monocoque construction of the new D7x architecture delivers the stiffest Land Rover body ever created, with a torsional rigidity of 29kNm/Degree – making it three times more rigid than traditional body-on-frame designs. These strong foundations provide the perfect basis for the all-independent suspension, twin-speed transfer box and permanent all-wheel drive.
Configurable Terrain Response makes its debut in New Defender, allowing drivers to fine-tune the set-up of the vehicle to suit the precise off-road conditions like never before. The Terrain Response 2 system also includes a new Wade programme to provide the ultimate reassurance when driving through water by optimising all of the vehicle systems accordingly.
“We've embraced Defender's stunning capability and minimalistic, functional interior to reinvent the icon for the 21st century. New Defender gives us the licence to do things differently, to push the boundaries and do the unthinkable, without ever losing the character and authenticity of the original. From the start we had an absolute obsession with functionality beneath the skin, from choosing the right materials through to state-of-the-art connectivity. The result is not only the most capable Land Rover ever made, but also a truly comfortable, modern vehicle that people will love to drive."
Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
Delivering transformational breadth of capability and on-road handling, Defender is in a category of its own.
Strong and tough body structureTo retain the famous Defender silhouette, accommodate a family of body designs and support the latest range of electrified powertrains, Land Rover developed the new all-aluminium D7x platform. It has the unique combination of practicality, flexibility and capability expected from a 4x4 wearing the Defender name and doesn’t share a single body-in-white panel with another Land Rover model.
Raising the position of the body by 20mm compared to Land Rover’s existing range of large SUVs and relocating elements including the battery and cooling circuits, has enabled Land Rover’s engineers to deliver ultra-short front and rear overhangs, which guarantee impressive approach and departure angles of 38 and 40 degrees respectively. With a wheelbase of 3,022mm (99mm longer than a Discovery) the 110 has a breakover angle of 28 degrees (31 degrees for the 90) ensuring excellent off-road geometry.
The short rear overhang, the same for both body designs, is made possible by mounting the spare wheel externally, rather than under the rear floor, where it is readily accessible off-road, and the trademark side-hinged rear door is engineered to accommodate any of the available wheel and tyre combinations.
Sophisticated chassisThe monocoque body construction developed for New Defender is the stiffest aluminium body Land Rover has ever produced and able to withstand 6.5 tonnes snatch load through the recovery points. This strong, stiff structure provides the perfect foundations for the 4x4’s advanced all-independent chassis. The sophisticated double wishbone front and integral link rear suspension optimises off-road performance while delivering excellent handling dynamics and comes with a choice of passive coil or Electronic Air Suspension.
The familiar suspension layout uses all-new components to deliver world-class durability with new steel subframes and uprated ball joints and bushes that are designed to withstand severe off-road impacts – the wheels can withstand up to seven tonnes of vertical load into the body.*
As a result, the New Defender delivers an unmatched breadth of capability, combining long-haul cruising comfort and rewarding handling characteristics with immediate responses and peerless off-road performance.
Adaptive Dynamics is available with Electronic Air Suspension, allowing customers to fine-tune the driving characteristics. The system’s adaptive dampers monitor body movements up to 500 times per second and respond almost instantaneously to optimise control and comfort.
The introduction of air suspension helps to transform the 4x4’s on-road handling and supports its all-terrain capability, providing an off-road ride height lift of 75mm and supreme ride comfort across all surfaces. An additional 70mm of lift means the air system can raise the body by a maximum of 145mm when needed, while Elegant Arrival automatically lowers the body by 40mm to aid access.
The confidence-inspiring and sure-footed New Defender excels off-road, where its maximum suspension articulation of 500mm comes into its own. It can tackle 45-degree side slopes and inclines of 45 degrees with customary composure, but the biggest transformation comes on the road, where the New Defender is engaging and agile.
“We wanted to maintain the analogue, connected driving experience of the past and introduce modern handling and comfort. The old Defender was fun to drive, but flawed. New Defender is fun, but without the flaws. The result is a 4x4 that will put a smile on your face on any terrain and leave you feeling refreshed after a long drive, yet tow up to 3,500kg, carry a dynamic roofload of up to 168kg and wade through water up to 900mm deep.”
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Land Rover
A transformational breadth of capability sets New Defender apart. Permanent all-wheel drive and a twin-speed automatic gearbox, centre differential and optional Active Locking Rear Differential ensure it has all the hardware required to excel in the soft sand of the desert, the freezing tundra of the arctic and everywhere in between.
Configurable Terrain ResponseLand Rover has introduced a series of technologies to help deliver the capability customers expect from a Defender, including the latest generation of its patented Terrain Response system. Configurable Terrain Response technology allows drivers to use the touchscreen of the new Pivi Pro infotainment to fine-tune every aspect of the vehicle to suit its precise surroundings.
In the original Defender, drivers could lock the central differential manually using the high-to-low range gear selector. In the New Defender, drivers can prevent cross-axle slip using the Centre Slip Limited and Centre and Rear Slip Limited options on the central touchscreen controller. In addition, there is a choice of three settings for the throttle and gearbox response, steering and traction control, allowing experienced off-roaders and all-terrain novices to tailor the vehicle set-up to suit their requirements. The system allows four individual profiles to be saved, so different drivers can quickly activate their preferred settings.
Alternatively, the intelligent Auto functionality of Terrain Response 2 can recognise the surface and configure the vehicle appropriately with no input from the driver.
The Defender is also the first Land Rover to feature a Wade programme within the Terrain Response 2 menu. The new setting automatically softens the throttle response, sets the heating and ventilation to recirculate cabin air, locks the driveline and adjusts the ride height to its off-road setting while activating the Wade Sensing screen on the infotainment system. This allows drivers to see the depth of surrounding water and provides ultimate confidence when fording deep water – allowing drivers to take full advantage of New Defender’s world-class maximum wading depth of 900mm.
Land Rover’s advanced All-Terrain Progress Control and ClearSight Ground View technologies also support drivers in extreme off-road situations, removing the stress of maintaining a low crawl speed and showing the hidden area directly in front of the vehicle using the central touchscreen.
Towing and carryingThe Defender’s strong body architecture helps customers make more of their world, whether they want to tow heavy loads or carry them, with a comprehensive range of roof racks and tow bar systems, and a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg. State-of-the-art technologies include Advanced Tow Assist, which takes the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres by letting drivers steer trailers with their fingertips using a rotary controller on the central console. New for Defender, the intelligent set-up works with 3D visualisation on the central touchscreen.
The ultra-strong body is ready for overland adventures, with a maximum roof load of 168kg making it perfectly suited to both camping trips and visits to the hardware store. The 300kg maximum static roof load allows adventurous souls to make use of the expedition-ready pop-up roof tent accessory, turning Defender into an all-terrain home from home.
Versatile loadspaceThe rear loadspace delivers customary Defender practicality with the 110 providing up to 1,075-litres when using the full height. Folding the row-two seats provides a generous maximum load volume of up to 2,380-litres and, with a maximum payload of up to 900kg (110 P400), the New Defender lives up to the practical heritage of its iconic predecessors.*
|Loadspace volumes||110, five-seat||110, 5+2 seat|
|Max. load capacity, behind row three (to the roofline)||n/a||231 litres|
|Max. load capacity, behind row two (to the waistline)||646 litres||464 litres|
|Max. load capacity, behind row two (to the roofline)||1,075 litres||916 litres|
|Max. load capacity to the roofline (row two seats folded)||2,380 litres||2,233 litres|
Defender has always been the perfect companion for outdoor adventures and the new model is no different. The clip-in loadspace cover is designed to double as a ground mat for picnics or when changing mucky footwear on wet surfaces. The hose-clean and machine washable material is another example of Defender’s rugged and practical design.
Reinventing and updating the hose-clean interior of old Series and Defender models, New Defender also features a durable rubber floor with flush fitting sills, allowing customers to brush or wipe the interior clean after muddy or dusty adventures. Customers can specify carpet inserts for a more premium look and feel, but these are easily removed to reveal the durable flooring beneath when necessary.
Next generation braking performanceNew Defender is the first Land Rover to introduce next-generation braking technology which provides quicker and quieter responses than conventional systems, improving safety and enhancing the driving experience. An actuator-controlled piston operated by the foot pedal applies braking effort, delivering much finer control.
The system comes into its own during low-speed off-road manoeuvres and, when the Traction Control and Autonomous Emergency Braking systems are triggered, it can lock a wheel within only 150 milliseconds – versus 300 milliseconds with a conventional set-up.
In everyday use, the benefits include Hill Launch Assist with Enhanced Hill Hold, so the vehicle is prevented from rolling back on inclines – leaving the driver to focus solely on pulling away and negotiating objects ahead – with a smoother transition from the brakes to power in all environments.
Defender 110 capability in numbers
|Length||4,758mm (5,018mm with spare wheel)|
|Width||2,008mm (door mirrors folded)|
|Wheelbase||3,022mm (2,587mm for 90)|
|Rear overhang||891mm (1,151 including spare wheel)|
|Approach angle||38 deg|
|Departure angle||40 deg|
|Breakover angle||28 deg (31 deg for 90)|
|Maximum wading depth||900mm|
|Maximum roof load||168kg / 300kg (dynamic / static)|
|Maximum towing weight||3,500kg|
|Maximum payload||900kg (110 P400)|
Over seven decades of pioneering innovation, Land Rover has been at the forefront of all-terrain capability and adventure. The New Defender is fit for the 21st century, using the latest technologies to provide new levels of connectivity, capability and convenience.
A 21st Century Defender
Land Rover’s next-generation Electronic Vehicle Architecture, dubbed EVA 2.0, underpins the digital revolution, supporting Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates that ensure New Defender will get better with age and enabling Land Rover’s fast and intuitive new Pivi Pro infotainment system.
“The New Defender is a future-proofed 4x4 for the 21st century, using the latest technologies to optimise efficiency, enhance capability and revolutionise connectivity. With plug-in hybrid electric powertrains, software updates that are sent over the air and next-generation always-on touchscreen infotainment, New Defender is every bit as pioneering today as the original Land Rover was in 1948.”
Alex Heslop, Director of Electrical Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
Just as the Defender’s breadth of dynamic capability is underpinned by a new body architecture, its connected technologies are enabled by a new state-of-the-art scalable EVA 2.0, which supports the next-generation of driver assistance and customer convenience systems. In total, 85 individual ECUs work in harmony to turn the New Defender into an all-terrain super-computer capable of handling 21,000 network messages at any one time – up from 13,000.
Software-Over-The-AirThe future-proof 5G-ready network takes SOTA technology to the next level, ensuring New Defender is always operating on the latest software available. Up to 14 onboard electronic control modules, more than any previous Jaguar Land Rover vehicle, can receive updates, without the need to visit a Land Rover retailer. In this way, New Defender will get better with age and even the most adventurous customers can use the technology – all that’s required is a data connection. In isolated locations a satellite-phone could download data for installation.
Within the lifetime of the New Defender, the embedded diagnostics system will be able to alert customers to issues and either prevent or resolve them automatically as a data connection replaces a traditional toolkit.
Software updates are sent to the vehicle and downloaded in the background using the vehicle’s built-in data plan. Once ready, a notification will alert customers to the availability of an update, allowing the installation to be scheduled for a convenient time.
Inspired by the latest mobile devices, New Defender employs state-of-the-art consumer technology including high performance Snapdragon processors and advanced QNX operating systems to deliver its connected features.
Pivi Pro InfotainmentCustomer technology has also driven the development of Jaguar Land Rover’s fastest and most intuitive infotainment system, which makes its debut in the New Defender. The next-generation Pivi Pro software is inspired by the latest smartphones and accessed through the central 10-inch touchscreen with an always-on design that provides instant responses, even when starting the vehicle for the first time.
Supported by a built-in back-up battery, navigation initialisation will take just seconds while an easy-to-follow menu structure ensures customers can carry out the most common tasks directly from the home screen, reducing driver distraction. The easily customised and redesigned layouts reduce the number of steps by an average of 50 per cent versus previous systems and incorporates wireless device charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for intuitive smartphone integration. Its Bluetooth technology can even connect to two smartphones simultaneously.
The new navigation system uses self-learning algorithms and dynamic guidance to optimise routing, while Smart Voice Guidance even knows to cancel audio instructions when drivers are travelling in familiar surroundings. Maps will always be up-to-date thanks to SOTA technology. In combination with the 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display, the advanced system provides high-definition 3D mapping within the instrumentation, leaving the central touchscreen free to control other applications.
The high-resolution digital instruments can be configured to show a pair of conventional dials, full-screen 3D navigation guidance or a combination of the two, allowing drivers to optimise the display to suit the circumstances and their individual preference.
Customers can even keep tabs on the New Defender from afar, using Land Rover's Remote tracking technology, which allows owners to monitor its location, fuel level, lock and unlock the vehicle and even initiate the climate control to heat or cool the cabin before setting off.
Driver distractions are kept to the absolute minimum with Land Rover’s Generation 2 Head-up Display (HUD). The full-colour backlit TFT set-up provides key information to the driver, while its new video capability can replicate displays from the central touchscreen – including articulation graphics to assist the driver in off-road environments.
Land Rover’s new Electrical Vehicle Architecture, state-of-the-art forward-facing digital camera, advanced ultrasonic sensors and powerful 3Gbit/s onboard network support a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technologies, with the cameras and sensors governed by a single integrated processor, or domain controller, for optimised security.
These include a 3D Surround Camera that goes above and beyond, providing both 360-degree plan and new 3D exterior perspective views of the surrounding area, both off and on road. The advanced system provides enhanced augmented on-screen visualisation when using Tow Sensing, Wade Sensing and Land Rover’s ClearSight Ground View transparent bonnet technology, to improve visibility of the vehicle’s surroundings.
To maintain rearward visibility, all new Defenders fitted with the front jump seat also feature ClearSight Rear View technology. At the touch of a button, the frameless interior mirror switches from a conventional mirror to a digital screen showing a feed provided by a high-definition rear-facing camera mounted high at the back of the vehicle.
The clever technology effectively makes the rear pillars and spare wheel invisible, while also providing a 50-degree wider field of vision to eliminate rear blindspots. The 1.7-megapixel camera also provides superior clarity in low light conditions and has a hydrophobic coating to maintain performance in wet and muddy conditions.
A Driver Assist Pack includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Pre-Collision Monitor, which alerts following drivers who are failing to slow down by automatically flashing the hazard lights, as well as Blind Spot Assist, Rear Traffic Monitor and Clear Exit Monitor.
The comprehensive list of driver assistance technologies includes Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter functions, a Driver Condition Monitor and front and rear Parking Aids, while the advanced chassis control features are supported by an ultra-fast Flexray network. Customers can also choose from six speaker, and 10 and 14-speaker (both plus subwoofer) MeridianTM sound systems delivering 180W, 400W or 700W of amplifier power, providing rich sound quality for all occupants.
Personal experiences and adventures are part of the Land Rover landscape and New Defender maintains this rich heritage, allowing customers to personalise their vehicle to fit their lives with more choice than ever before.
Make more of your world with the most accessorised and personalised Land Rover
The most accessorised and personalised Land Rover ever produced will be available in 90 and 110 body designs and Defender, S, SE, HSE and Defender X trim levels, while customers can choose from a range of four Accessory Packs to give the rugged new 4x4 a unique character.
A choice of 170 individual accessories means the chances of finding two identical Defenders is remote while Land Rover’s new Above and Beyond Collection of outdoor performance apparel and equipment delivers the same durability and toughness as New Defender.
The full range of official accessories is available individually, but four Accessory Packs help customers to tailor New Defender to suit their lifestyle:
Explorer PackConquer unmapped extremes with a Raised Air Intake, lightweight 26kg Expedition Roof Rack and an Exterior Side-mounted Gear Carrier. Front and Rear Classic Mud Flaps, Wheel Arch Protection and a Spare Wheel Cover provide extra ruggedness while a Matte Black bonnet decal, featuring 90 or 110 cut-out detailing, completes the Explorer Pack’s head-turning appearance.
Customers can also upgrade the Explorer Pack with Fixed Side Steps and a Deployable Roof Ladder, while the Front Expedition Protection System adds a Front Undershield and ‘A’-Frame Protection Bar with raised corners to improve the front approach angle.
Adventure PackA Portable Rinse System with a 6.5-litre pressurised water reservoir, boot-mounted Integrated Air Compressor and Exterior Side-mounted Gear Carrier equip New Defender for time spent in the wilds. Protection is enhanced by Front and Rear Mud Flaps, a Spare Wheel Cover and a Bright Rear Scuff Plate, to guard the rear bumper against scrapes and scratches when loading and unloading, while a practical 20-litre Seat Backpack, which you can take with you when you leave the vehicle, completes the interior.
Country PackDesigned for time spent off the beaten track, the Country Pack features rugged Wheel Arch Protection, a Bright Rear Scuff Plate to protect the top of the rear bumper and Front and Rear Classic Mud Flaps. A Portable Rinse System and Full-Height Loadspace Partition equip the interior for everyday adventures.
Urban PackTo stand out in the concrete jungle, the Urban Pack adds a Bright Rear Scuff Plate, Spare Wheel Cover and Front Undershield while Bright Metal Pedals add to the robust interior. Customers can then opt for a range of alloy wheel upgrades including a distinctive 22-inch five-spoke design.
A selection of Side Tubes and both Fixed or Deployable Side Steps are available across all four Accessory Packs alongside a full range of durable deep-sided rubber mats to protect the interior.
The comprehensive range of accessories can also be purchased separately including the innovative Exterior Side-mounted Gear Carrier, which aligns with the Defender’s distinctive floating pillars and is perfect for holding mucky equipment. The lockable stowage pod has been aerodynamically tested to minimise wind noise and withstand extreme conditions and its 24-litre capacity can support up to 17kg, making it perfect for storing muddy boots or soggy wetsuits, without soiling the interior.
Contact your nearest Lloyd Land Rover retailer to order yours.
* All figures for five-seat configuration. When optional third row seats are fitted, 231-litres, 916-litres and 2,233-litres respectively