This isn’t even your Pa’s Land Rover Defender, or your Defender, if you’re lucky enough to own one.
It is at once the hoped-for replacement for the company’s rough-and-tumble flagship (which was so rudely snatched away from us in 2016) and the beacon of the way forward for a Land Rover brand still suffering from a stodgy image.
Why This Defender Isn’t At All Like the Previous Defender
We don’t have enough space here to go into all the new features and specifications of what is an entirely new vehicle, but to give you an idea of what to expect when the new 2020 Defender hits Canadian streets next month (at least that’s when it’s scheduled to be launched in Canada), we have a couple facts.
- Same Name, But Not Entirely the Same Meaning – To make it feel more like earlier models, the new Defender is available in familiar Defender 90 and Defender 110 versions. Except the “90” and “110” no longer refer to the respective wheelbases. They are just a nod to their predecessors.
- The Defender Made an Appearance at CES – If you’re unfamiliar with it, the Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is an international showcase for the latest tech gadgetry. The new Defender was featured at this year’s CES to show off all its technical wizardry.
- It’s More Technically Advanced Than a Tesla – At least in one way. Both Tesla and the Defender let you download infotainment and power train updates anytime, anywhere. But the Defender packs a second modem so you can continue to use apps and stream music while the vehicle updates itself, which you can’t do with a Tesla.
Make no mistake, we’re as excited about the new Defender as anyone. We just don’t want anyone to think that it’s going to be a new version of the old Defender.
And if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a new Defender next month, remember that you can bring it to us for dealer-equivalent Land Rover parts and service.
If you’d rather invest in a traditional Defender, check out our recent post to find out how to buy and maintain a pre-owned Land Rover Defender.