The 2020 Land Rover Defender is coming to America and the brand just pulled the sheet from the SUV for the first time on US soil.
Revealed at the 2019 LA Auto Show, the Defender will come to the US with two different body styles and two different powertrains. First, the four-door Defender 110 will launch, eventually followed by the Defender 90 two-door model.
For engines, Americans will be able to choose between a turbocharged four-cylinder, badged the P300, or a larger turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine mated to a mild hybrid system, called the P400. Total output of the base engine is 296 horsepower, while the larger six-cylinder engine make 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The jump from 0 to 60 mph will take 7.7 seconds in the P300 and 5.8 second in the P400.
Air suspension comes standard on the Defender and offers 3 inches of total extra lift, bringing body ground clearance up to 11.5 inches. When fully raised the approach, departure and breakover are improved as well, up to 38 degrees, 28 degrees and 40 degrees respectively. Unlike Defenders of old, this new SUV does use a unibody design, falling in line with the rest of the current LR lineup.
Water fording was a focus on the new Defender which is capable to driving through up to 35.4 inches of the wet stuff. Best of all, the new Wade Sensing system will know when you’re in deep water and adjust the throttle response, ride height and even make sure the cabin air is set to recirculate. Electronically controlled off-road drive modes are also here in the Defender, ready to tackle deep ruts, heavy snow, slick rocks and more.
Tow rating for the Defender is pegged at 8,200 pounds, proving that this SUV is here for hard work as well as off-road fun.
Land Rover says that the Defender 110 carries a base price of about $51,000, though it can be fully loaded up to over $100,000 if you’d like. Good news is most of that extra cash is for the luxury bits, as even the base models get AWD, a transfer case, Terrain Response, hill descent control and more. You can even get a set of simple steel wheels on the new Defender so you won’t have to worry about scratching them up off-road. Once the Defender 90 gets here, that base price will actually also drop a bit.
The Defender is lined up to compete with the Wrangler Rubicon and Mercedes G-Class, both on off-road equipment and luxurious features. You’ll have to stay tuned to TFLOffroad to find out exactly how good this Land Rover truly is. Land Rover says that the Defender will be in US showrooms by spring of 2020.