Next month, we expect next-generation Land Rover Defender to finally make its official debut, and it certainly has a lot to live up to considering its predecessor was in production for more than three decades (and almost four decades prior as the 90 and 110).

This is probably why the British marque is making sure that the new Defender will be as properly rugged and reliable as the old one. In fact, Land Rover recently pushed the new Defender to its limits in the sand dunes of Dubai together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

During the test, the IFRC fleet experts personally drove the new Defender prototypes hard by driving through multiple terrain including steep sand dunes, long highways, and twisty tarmac mountain roads. The vehicles needed to be rugged enough so that the Red Cross can get to the most remote places and comfortable as they often drive for hours and hours on end.

New Land Rover Defender punished in extreme desert testing image

This isn't the first time Land Rover has partnered with the IFRC either. The two have a relationship that dates back 65 years when the first adapted Land Rover entered service in the region as a mobile dispensary. During the Dubai test of the new Defender, Land Rover renewed their partnership with the IFRC and will support disaster preparedness and response initiatives in various locations around the world.

New Land Rover Defender punished in extreme desert testing image

According to Land Rover, the new Defender has already completed more than 1.2 million kilometers of testing, ensuring its properly lives up to the Defender name. Moreso, the British marque already claims it to be “the most capable Land Rover ever made”.