Land Rover Defender News: Fan Reactions

February 21st, 2019 by

camouflaged 2020 defender parked by river in big city

At the Land Rover 70th anniversary last year, it was announced that the company would be bringing back the Land Rover Defender, and the buzz of excitement began to grow. The 1955 Land Rover Defender remains a fan favorite to this day, and many people were hopeful that the 2020 Land Rover Defender would echo its design. Learn more about fan reactions to the upcoming off-road-ready SUV, and contact us keep up with the latest Jaguar Land Rover news in Rockville Centre!

2020 Land Rover Defender Design

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern is a self-proclaimed modernist, so it’s no surprise that the newest teaser photos of the camouflaged 2020 Defender revealed an aggressive and modern profile with dramatic lines and sharp angles. However, some Defender fans were disappointed that it wasn’t more of a callback to the older Defender body styles.

While brainstorming designs for the Defender concept car, there were many challenges to address in order to honor the Defender legacy while excelling in a modern automotive market:

  • The new model must be watertight to contend with off-road vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, and other competitors.
  • It must meet modern emissions requirements and be relatively fuel-efficient (to avoid going the way of the Hummer).
  • It must appeal to consumers globally and be priced to ensure the continued success of the model. (The previous model was mostly hand-built and not very lucrative for Land Rover.)
  • It must have advanced safety technology and driver-assistance features that will protect both passengers and pedestrians.
  • The 2020 Land Rover Defender interior must be packed with function while also having the premium design and comfort worthy of the Land Rover name.

While die-hard enthusiasts of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 and Defender 110 models might not be on board with the most recent design news, we would suggest reserving judgment for when the Defender is officially released. Once off-roaders see what the Defender can do with features like Terrain Response® and even more advanced technology, they might be changing their tune.

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