The Land Rover Defender is up there with the Jeep Wrangler when it comes to recognition, so seeing the all-new 2020 Defender is immediately recognizable even though it hasn’t yet been revealed. The new Defender has made an unofficial appearance by way of Instagram.
Instagram account landroverphotoalbums has dropped the below image, which is allegedly the 2020 Defender depicted in the Defender’s own instrument cluster. Clearly the image is of the five-door model, despite the fact Land Rover will offer both three- and five-door models.
Unsurprisingly, the 2020 Land Rover Defender appears to be retaining its iconic boxy shape, though there are more curves than the last Defender to blend in with the rest of the modern Land Rover family.
Land Rover hasn’t officially said much of anything about the new Defender, but it is believed to be built atop the company’s new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA), which will also underpin the next Range Rover lineup. Given the platform is all-new, one can almost certainly expect an independent suspension setup.
The 2020 Defender will likely be produced at Land Rover’s new plant in Slovakia. The plant is already producing the Discovery; production in Slovakia will keep manufacturing costs down and allow for Land Rover Jaguar to produce its more premium vehicles at its Solihull plant.
Land Rover is expected to reveal the Defender later this year, with an on-sale date sometime next year.