Last year, Land Rover introduced what is possibly their most important vehicle yet – the all-new 2020 Defender. Deliveries scheduled this year are either delayed or have been put on hold with the company suspending assembly plant operations as the world continues to battle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The automaker has also decided to postpone its upcoming global media drive of the new Defender. Instead, press fleet units are now being sent to the front lines to help defend the world against the coronavirus. The British marque officially announced that the Defender fleet intended for the drive will now be deployed on a new mission to assist the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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A total of 143 Defenders will be lent out worldwide, with 105 vehicles being supplied to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Furthermore, they announced that 57 units of the Defender will be lent out to the British Red Cross to assist their efforts for Queen and country.

“We’ve quickly redeployed the Defender press fleet to support our partners at the Red Cross to help communities across the UK,” said Richard Agnew, Land Rover's communications director.

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The Defender SUV's versatility will definitely help emergency services as they rush to help patients, especially those in hard to reach places. Could we possibly see some of these Land Rover Defender units help get our local front liners to and from their destinations, as well?