Get ready to say hello to the all-new Land Rover Defender soon. If you're as excited as we are to see the next-generation Defender, chances are you've already seen it in several online photos albeit wearing some camouflage. But come September 2019, the camo livery will be peeled off as it will be making its global debut.
According to a senior executive for Jaguar Land Rover Philippines, the global unveiling of the new Defender will supposedly take place on September 5, 2019. This means that there are only three months left before the next-generation SUV is shown in full metal.
We were also told that the Defender will start production in December of this year.
Furthermore, if all goes to plan without delays, the new Defender will make its Philippine debut some time in February or March of 2020. With that in mind, it looks like Land Rover wants to put out all the stops once the Defender makes its official debut.
Exact details about the new Defender remain scarce although Land Rover did say that they have already finished 1.2 million kilometers worth of testing and development. It even recently completed a grueling test delivering supplies in the 14,000 hectare Borana Conservancy in Africa.
In review, the all-new Defender will still have a boxy exterior but now comes with a more rakish windshield. While we have yet to see the Defender without any camouflage hiding its looks, we do see that it has a new set of headlights, some new alloy wheels, as well as a neat pair of taillights at the back. While we're unsure if it will still have the side-hinged opening tailgate from before, the fact that it still has a spare tire carrier at the back means it will most likely still have that signature feature.
What's certain, however, is that it will no longer have a leaf spring rear suspension. Instead, it will have a more modern independent system. This could mean that the SUV will have a slightly better ride comfort than before. As far as engines are concerned, a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine will supposedly be available for the new Defender, as well as a hybrid option.
The new Defender will be built in Slovakia, with production set to supposedly begin at around December 2019.