The Land Rover Defender has been previewed again, this time officially by the manufacturer with a set of prototype images in the Dubai desert.
In addition to the new set of photos – which just shows a camouflaged prototype tearing up the dunes and driving along the twisty Jebel Jais highway – Land Rover also announced it is renewing its partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The brand has a 65-year relationship with the IFRC, dating back to 1954 where a specially-adapted Land Rover was deployed in Dubai as a mobile dispensary.
"Over the next three years, Land Rover will support disaster preparedness and response initiatives in locations including India, Mexico and Australia," Land Rover says in its press release.
The on- and off-road tests you see pictured were taken at the IFRC's global fleet base in Dubai, battling high temperatures in excess of 40 degrees celsius and altitudes nearly 2000m above sea level.
"The Red Cross supports millions of people in crisis every year, working in almost every country in the world. We operate in some of the most hard-to-reach places on earth, often working in very difficult terrain, so our teams have to be able to cope with anything," said Ilir Caushaj, team lead for global fleets and logistics at the IFRC.
"That’s why we’re proud to have partnered with Land Rover since 1954, and to be putting their new Defender to the test, as together they help us reach vulnerable communities in crisis, whoever and wherever in the world they are."
Land Rover says Defender prototypes have now racked up more than 1.2 million kilometres of testing, which includes a week-long stint in Kenya with Tusk, a wildlife conservation charity, along with a 'dynamic' appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.
The new-generation Defender will make its global debut "later this year", and is scheduled to hit Australian showrooms sometime in 2020.
Stay tuned for all the latest, and click on the images for the full gallery.