The highly awaited new-generation Land Rover Defender will finally make its global debut today at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, ending a nearly four-year hiatus since the last model was produced. Land Rover discontinued the original Defender in 2016 after 68 years of production and the British off-roader is all set to come back in a modern iteration while packing in all the capabilities and functionality from the original. Now, there have been ample of teasers and spy shots also partially revealed the new Defender from the sets of the 25th Bond film. You can watch the Live Stream from the unveil event here.
The new-generation Land Rover Defender traces its origins back to the DC100 concept that was showcased way back in 2011. The new model is expected to be identical to the concept and will be offered in multiple bodystyles. Leaked images have shown that there will be the usual three-door 90, five-door 110 and a larger 130 model as well, with up to eight seats. The latter could be launche sometime next year though.
In terms of dimensions, the all-new Land Rover Defender measures 4,323 mm in length, 1,927 mm in height and 1,999 mm in width while the wheelbase stands at 2,587mm, for the 90 variant. The other versions will sport a longer wheelbase and larger proportions to accommodate the extra seats.
Powertrain options will include three diesel engine and two petrol engine options. The petrol units will include the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo churning out 296 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque while the 3.0-litre, six-cylinder unit will produce 395 bhp and 550 Nm of peak torque. The diesel range will include a 2.0-litre unit with 197 bhp and 430 Nm, while the D240 will belt out 237 bhp and 430 Nm of torque. There will also be the 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine from the Land Rover stable that produces 296 bhp and 650 Nm of peak torque. The P400 plug-in hybrid is also likely to be offered on the Defender.
Complete details on the 2020 Land Rover Defender will be unveiled in sometime. Make sure to keep watching this space for all the action.