As is usually the case with high-profile future vehicles, the 2020 Land Rover Defender appears to have leaked out ahead of its reveal later this week. The images come courtesy of a South African automotive magazine and they appear to be the real deal.
The images first popped up on an Instagram account, but the images are photos of SA4X4 magazine, which is a South African off-roading publication. The publication claims there will be two iterations of the Defender in South Africa, a Defender 90 and Defender 110.
Defender 110 will offer 11.4 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 38 degrees, break-over angle of 28 degrees, a departure angle of 40 degrees, and a wading depth of 35 inches. Specifications for the Defender 90 are not listed.
In South Africa the Defender 110 will be powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s P400 3.0-liter inline-six with 400 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, Land Rover will offer its 2.0-liter diesel engine for the South African market.
Defender customers will also appreciate permanent all-wheel-drive, a center differential and an optional active locking rear differential. This off-road hardware will be controlled by the latest iteration of Land Rover’s Configurable Terrain Response system.
From a design perspective, it appears Land Rover and converged Range Rover design with some of the historical shaping of the Defender. Frankly, it looks more modern than throwback, which comes as little surprise. While these images tell us a lot about what the Defender will look like, there will likely several trim levels that offer distinguished looks.
Expect further details surrounding the 2020 Land Rover Defender to officially arrive later this week out of the Frankfurt Motor Show.