The Land Rover Defender is quite possibly one of the most iconic vehicles ever built. Its boxy design, off-road capability, and durability became symbols of British engineering all over the world. The British off-roader was so popular that Land Rover only stopped production of the model in 2016.
Throughout its 67-year production, the Defender and Series models were built in only one factory – Land Rover’s Solihull factory near Birmingham in the UK. However, the next-generation Defender will no longer be built at Solihull. In fact, the next-generation Defender won’t be built in the UK at all. Instead, Land Rover has announced that they will be building the upcoming Defender at its new ‘state-of-the-art manufacturing facility’ in Nitra, Slovakia.
Despite being built in Eastern Europe, Land Rover says that the new Defender has been designed and developed in the UK, specifically at Gaydon, home of the brand’s design, engineering, and testing facilities.
Aside from being built in Slovakia, Land Rover announced that the Defender has already reached a total of 1.2 million kilometer test and development milestone. The British marque has also released new photos of the next-generation model. This gives us a better look at the Defender despite it still covered in camouflage.
From the new photos, we see that the upcoming Defender loses its box-shaped design and now features more rounded angles all over the body. One model also appears to have a sunroof. Safe to say that the new Defender no longer looks like its predecessor, and instead, looks more like a previous-generation Discovery. We also know that the new Defender will get some luxurious features such a digital gauge cluster and floating infotainment screen, unlike the previous barebones Defender.
There is still no word as to when the all-new Land Rover Defender will debut. However, expect it to see on the roads soon as the all-new model has already completed numerous testings all-over the world.