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Build your own custom Land Rover Defender

Land Rover’s new Defender is coming Down Under and the US online configurator is a preview of what to expect. It’s expensive but fun. And no, there’s no option to buy an old one.

Think the new Land Rover Defender will look good in the garage come mid-2020? You can now build your dream version on Land Rover’s custom configurator.

With the vehicle launching in the US for the first time in 22 years, Land Rover North America has already launched the online configurator for customers to spec out their creations.

While exact specifications and pricing for Australia won’t be announced until closer to the car’s launch here in June 2020, we do know both the 90 and 110 will be available with the powerful 3.0-litre straight-six turbo hybrid engine and two 2.0-litre diesel turbo options. The US also gets a 2.0-litre petrol that we won’t.

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Pricing in Australia is expected to start at around $60,000 for the base 90 model, and an expected price around $70,000 for the 110 entry-level variant. Available grades for 90 and 110 will be S, SE, HSE and Defender X. You can read up on all the known 2020 Land Rover Defender specs over here.

What’s on the wish list for us? So far, we’re liking the base model on white steel rims and mud flaps finished in Tasman Blue paint, with fabric heated seats, wash out mats and cabin walkthrough…the lack of other electronic accessories should help keep things simple if something goes wrong a million miles from nowhere.

We also ticked the boxes for the Off-road pack, Advanced off-road capability pack, and Towing pack. Oh, and cost-optioned the active differential, front undershield, wheel arch protection, raised air intake, rear rubber mats, side-mounted gear carrier, expedition roof rack and winch. Plus more.

Did we mention things get very expensive, very quickly?


Alex Rae

Alex Rae

Alex Rae grew up among some of the great stages of Targa Tasmania, an event that sparked his passion for all things mechanical. Currently living across Bass Strait in Melbourne, Alex has worked for the last decade in the automotive world as both a photographer and journalist, and is now a freelancer for various publications. When not driving for work Alex can be found tinkering in the shed on of one his project Zeds or planning his next gravel rally car.