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New Land Rover Defender Spied in Short-Wheelbase form

UK publication, Autocar, has published images of a short-wheelbase Land Rover Defender testing on public roads near JLR HQ in Gaydon.

The all-new Land Rover Defender has been seen in five-door trim before but this is the first picture of it in short-wheelbase or ‘90’ trim. The image here and more were published by Autocar.

Expected to lob onto the market in 2020 with the possibility the Defender will appear with a range of powertrains from petrol to diesel and hybrid. How the Defender would look has captivated the Internet ever since the DC100 Concept was revealed and went down like a lead balloon with the LR faithful.

Speaking to Autocar, Land Rover’s marketing boss, Felix Bräutigam, said “These are what we call Pilot build cars and testing will increase on public roads from now,” said Bräutigam. “The first four cars are ready, and now the line is running you can expect the number of test cars to grow exponentially.

“Our brand is about passion, and it is icons that drive that passion. The truth is the world doesn’t need another premium brand doing what all the others do. These icons are what separate us; at Land Rover we are rooted in our heritage and that’s what makes us different.”

Read more about the new Defender over at Autocar.


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.