Land Rover has been putting its new off-roader through its paces on the Green Hell. No, we don't mean a grassy field or hill. We mean the Nordschleife.
Land Rover has been caught testing the upcoming Defender in an unusual spot: the Nurburgring. That's right, one of the world's best-known and loved off-roaders is being put through its paces at the holy grail of sports car development. Hmmm.
Save for the #Defender2020 stickers, it looks very similar to the vehicle used in a promotional video last year, which means we've been afforded a glimpse of the car's slim headlights, LED tail-lights, and boxy profile.
Based on the top-down shots we have here, it looks like a sunroof will be offered. The boot will be side-hinged and hold a spare wheel, while the overhangs look appropriately small. Ideal for steep climbs and drops, right?
When it debuts in production form later this year, the new Defender will be offered with the "latest driver assistance and connectivity" systems, suggesting semi-autonomous safety kit like autonomous emergency braking will be offered, along with the latest infotainment.
Previous spy pictures have revealed a digital instrument display will be offered, along with a touchscreen in the middle of the dash. The interior design looks blocky and upright, but far more modern than the outgoing model's design.
"The new model will represent 70 years of innovation and improvement in just one model year; honouring the model’s history for rugged durability, while thoroughly remaining a Defender for the 21st century," the company said in January.
JLR's local arm has confirmed Australian deliveries of the new Defender will commence in 2020 following its global debut later this year.
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