2020 Land Rover Defender (L663)

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Some more detailed technical information from this Oz article: https://www.whichcar.com.au/news/2020-land-rover-defender-50-facts-figures

A few salient ones:

31 - Bullbar
Land Rover has developed a ’roo bar specifically for Australia. To be made of steel, the bar will be offered as an accessory, keeping intact all sensors and safety systems. The ’roo bar will be revealed closer to the car’s June 2020 on-sale date.

34 - Crawl time
The Defender has an impressively low crawl ratio of 51.5:1 for diesel versions and 57.2:1 for the six-cylinder petrol.

45 - Stopping power
There is no mechanical link between the brake pedal and the brake discs. Instead the Defender gets a brake-by-wire system claimed to provide more “precise, linear brake pressures”. Engineers also say the electronic braking system helps with off-road traction due to the ability to better regulate braking to each individual wheel.
 

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WATCH: Richard Hammond meets the new Land Rover Defender

Land Rover’s reincarnated Defender was revealed to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, to much fanfare as many brand loyalists seem to have given it the thumbs up for the way it completely modernises an off-road icon.

The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond is one of those that seems to agree with the positive sentiments and he also happened to be one of the UK journalists that were given a private meeting with the newcomer in the woods recently, ahead of its global reveal.

While no one outside of Land Rover has driven the new Defender as yet, Hammond did get up close and personal with the new 4x4 during his session, exploring its cabin and taking us through some of its coolest features.

The video also includes driving some driving footage supplied by Land Rover, so we get to see the newcomer parading through some tough terrain in locations around the world.

 

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender 90 Offers A Huge Fake Pillar And It's Just Bizarre

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is here, and it looks good, but only if you avoid the short-wheelbase model with the “floating pillar” option. Because a vehicle equipped that way takes an element that helped the last Defender stand out as a truly iconic piece of design—its large, upright greenhouse—and covers it with a cheap-looking, enormous-blindspot-creating fake pillar. Just look at this silliness.

I just got back from the Frankfurt Motor Show, where I had a chance to sit in the driver’s seat of the 2020 Land Rover Defender 90—the two-door version of the new Defender that debuted yesterday.

The cabin seems nice in many ways, but what surprised me was an enormous artificial blind spot created by a fake pillar placed right in the center of the side rear glass. Look at this:

From inside, that “floating pillar,” as Land Rover calls it, darkens the interior and compromises visibility, and from the outside it creates what I consider perhaps the Defender’s (whose overall design I quite like) biggest aesthetic flaw:

On the four-door shown above on the right, I think the “floating pillar” looks okay, and actually, if you look at the body-side-outer panel below, you’ll realize that the square trim covers up the C-pillar, so it all makes sense.


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New Land Rover Defender available as 2573-piece Lego Technic kit

Revealed alongside full-sized car, detailed toy features faithfully accurate bodywork and advanced sequential gearbox

Land Rover and toy maker Lego have teamed up to produce a 2573-piece scale model of the new Defender, unveiling it alongside the full-size car at the Frankfurt motor show.

Described as "an automotive icon you can build at home", the detailed Technic kit is based on the new short-wheelbase 90 variant of Land Rover's revived 4x4, and will go on sale on 1 October.

As with the real Defender, Lego's variant features a working four-wheel-drive system, three differentials, fully independent suspension and a five-seat interior.

The kit, however, is equipped with a number of features that are not standard fitment on the new Defender. A working winch, not shown at the full-sized car's launch, is fitted to the lower front bumper, while a chunky roof rack and side-mounted ladder hint at the toy's off-road capability.

Unlike Land Rover's car, which will only be sold with an automatic gearbox, Lego has equipped its Defender with its 'most sophisticated' four-speed sequential unit yet.

Niels Henrik Horsted, marketing director at the Danish toy firm, said: With every Lego element, children can build anything they can imagine. I’m very excited about this new model – a truly impressive job done by our LEGO Group designers.

"Together with Land Rover, we’ve blended elements, design and innovative engineering into a set that shows the boundless creativity of Lego play, and that with Lego Technic you can build for real.”

While the real Defender is available in a comprehensive range of paint schemes, the model is finished in an olive green. It measures 420mm long, 220mm high and 200mm wide.

Pricing is yet to be officially confirmed by Lego, although reports suggest it will be available from £159 in the UK.


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Let's Discuss The 2020 Land Rover Defender's Wild New Taillights

Over the past few weeks there’s been a lot of heated discussion at The Red Lantern (the taillight enthusiasts bar and social club I hang out in) regarding the new 2020 Land Rover Defender’s taillights. This is mostly because the original Defender is seen by some as an icon of non-design in the taillight world, a vernacular design that has achieved notoriety despite itself. Can a modern re-interpretation capture the essence while making valuable updates? Let’s take a look.

First, in the very remote chance that, somehow, you’re not familiar with the original Land Rover Defender taillights, let me show them to you:

By the looks of these taillights, it’s easy to believe that Defenders were designed and built with no taillights at all, and it was only at the last minute, as the first batch was leaving the factory, that mid-level manager noticed that something was missing, and sent an intern out in a pickup truck and the company credit card to buy up as many of the cheapest trailer (or maybe even bicycle) taillights they could find at whatever auto parts stores were within a ten-minute drive from the factory.

The lights are small, barely-adequate off-the-shelf tiny round lights for brake/taillights (red) and turn indicators (orange). There’s also a pair of larger round lamps, one red for the rear foglamp, and one clear for the reverse light. Below these are a pair of small rectangular reflectors, slapped on with a mix of adhesive and apathy.

Somehow, despite the obvious lack of ****-donation that went into the design of this taillight setup, it kind of works. The basic, no-bullshit approach fits well with the overall aesthetic of the car, and the minimal rear lighting has become part of the Defender’s identity.

Of course, they’re also way too small, not easily visible, too easily damaged, and don’t really do their basic job very well. An opportunity for improvement is certainly welcome, and whatever efforts are taken with the taillight design of the new model will likely represent the first time anyone has given a **** about Defender taillights at all.


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...Land Rover says the Defender’s chassis is three times stiffer than the next best in market, and can withstand a 6.5-tonne recovery load and 7.0-tonne vertical load through the suspension...

...all the handles and internal structures are designed to be as tough as the car. Collins claims if you leave the car in neutral you can push it forward with the grab handle on the instrument panel...

...The 815mm wheel diameter for the 18-inch wheel is designed for extreme off-roading when required (Collins says you can drive up a big sand dune in Dubai without lowering the tyre pressures) ...

... Collins says you can drive up a 45-degree slope thanks to the strongest driveshafts ever deployed on any Land Rover.

...The brakes are no longer physically connected to the master cylinder, now the pedal connects to the actuator which controls a piston-driven hydraulic system. Collins says it produces far more precise and linear brake pressures on-road and allows the traction control system to work better on-road. The system can brake each wheel individually in 150ms from when slip is detected...
https://www.caradvice.com.au/791472/2020-land-rover-defender-engineering/
 

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While driving today with SWAMBO lite in our 110 we pass 90 for sale.
Since she always wanted one she suggested that we look at it.
I said:"How about new one?"

Her comment:"That is not defender!"
 

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Designing new Land Rover Defender for purists 'would've been suicide'

Land Rover’s chief design officer says it would have been “suicide” to build the new Defender to appeal to “traditionalists”.

Speaking to Autocar after the long-awaited reveal of the off-roader, Gerry McGovern said he nevertheless hoped traditionalists would say the new Defender is “right for the brand today”.

“Yes, lots of current owners will keep their current cars forever, but to be brutally business-like about it, there’s not much point designing a car for them in that case, is there?” he told the publication.

McGovern added the new Defender was conceived to attract a wider audience.

 

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Can New Defender Save Land Rover?

Land Rover – the world’s most iconic adventure vehicle brand – is in trouble. Could the relaunch of the model that started it all for the Solihull-based manufacturer make a difference?

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going", a popular proverb suggests. And, right now, for Land Rover, things are tough.

The British off-road vehicle brand is facing an unprecedented crisis as customer markets resist its mostly diesel engine line-up and Brexit politics threaten to cripple its production supply chain.

 
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