Land Rover's rock-climbing Defender will come in a PHEV version

Land Rover's rock-climbing Defender will come in a PHEV version

Other 2020 touches include an LED light package and a comfortably appointed interior, with a PIVI infotainment system and 10-inch touchscreen-all of which bears little resemblance to the 1997 Defender, the last to officially reach U.S. soil.

This is among a variety of electronic devices built into the new Defender, and many are configurable for the first time.

2020 Land Rover Defender makes a debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, three years after its withdrawal from the market.

By far, the potentially most divisive aspect of the new Defender is its styling; most notably the exterior, which has evolved from its utilitarian roots with the goal of delivering more sophisticated albeit rugged appeal.

A large amount of information about the reinvented off-road wagon was drip-fed and ultimately leaked ahead of its unveiling, but Defender's official unveiling still managed to be a momentous occasion for Land Rover enthusiasts the world over, who can now pore over the details of what the British manufacturer describes as "an icon reimagined for the 21st century".

The vehicle has all the features of an off-road auto such as visible door handles/bolts, inset bonnet, side-hinged boot, and a spare wheel.

In the initial stage, the all-new Land Rover Defender will only be offered in a 5-door version (Defender 110) initially. Its tailgate, hinged on the side rather than the top and complete with spare tire, mark it out as a Defender. A smaller, 3-door version (Defender 90) will follow. The new D7x platform has been created to support mild-electric powertrains. It also comes with a tow assist that makes it a snap back up with a trailer using a control knob in the center console.

Land Rover unveils all new version of its iconic Defender

The 2020 Land Rover Defender gets a vast flat-top dashboard which is cast from magnesium alloy and is a structural part of the SUV.

Other features include "ClearSight" ground view that shows the ground in front of the Defender, and a feature that lets drivers set their preferred off-road settings.

JLR has confirmed that Australian-spec vehicles will come with a braked towing capacity of 3500kg, while other relevant weights include a payload of up to 900kg and static roof load of up to 300kg. There's also 900mm of wading depth on offer through the new wade program in the Terrain Response 2 system.

Engine options are familiar.

It features "in-line six-cylinder engine, gearbox with high and low ratios, independent suspension, expedition roof rack and working winch" as well as functioning steering wheel and doors. The outputs for this are 404PS and 550Nm. The diesel variants D200 and D240 take 10.3 and 9.1 seconds respectively.

Initially, the Defender will be offered in five-door Defender 110 form, while a compact three-door Defender 90 will go on sale shortly after.

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