Since its launch, we have been waiting eagerly to get behind the wheels of the all-new Land Rover Defender, and finally, we get the chance to take this luxurious off-roader SUV through the sand dunes, mountains, and highways of Dubai to put the luxury SUV through its limits.
Land Rover reopens the book on one of its most iconic nameplates with the all-new 2020 Defender. It’s the boxy shape and retro details recall the 1950’s original and combine with language modern Land Rover design language to create an appearance that’s both sophisticated and nostalgic.
The squared-off new Defender is a pleasing blend of modern and classic Land Rover. The tailgate itself is side-hinged and mounted with a spare tyre, as with old Land Rovers, and there are traditional ‘alpine light’ angular windows in the roof. New defender is different from all other land rover and that helps it stand out on the road.
Stepping up into the high-set driver’s chair greets you with a light, airy, and contemporary cabin space, complete with excellent oddment storage, open cubbies, and myriad USB and charging points. There is everything from lane-keeping assist to cruise control and a speed limiter, to blind-spot monitoring, a cool box, and a sizeable infotainment screen.
The strong horizontal lines and hardy materials are what you’d expect in an off-road-focused SUV. There are also well-positioned grab handles, useful since many owners will be clambering in and out when the Defender could be parked at some compromising angles.
The Defender features an electronic air suspension with adaptive dynamics, a two-speed transfer case, and the brand’s Terrain Response system. These technologies, along with the unibody construction, combine for an SUV that is both comfortable on-road and highly capable off-road. It delivers a smooth and refined ride, ironing out most bumps before they reach the cabin. The steering rack is light enough for easy maneuverability in town but has decent weighting at higher speeds, too.
Off-road, the Defender shines. The twin-speed transfer box helps the big SUV overcome steep inclines and declines. Across terrains, the intelligent all-wheel-drive system sends up to 100 percent engine torque to the relevant axle to increase traction. Land Rover’s Terrain Response System adjusts transmission, engine, and chassis settings based on the mode chosen, such as Mud & Ruts and Rock Crawl. Additionally, an electronic active differential is optional and enhances traction by managing the slip between the left/right rear wheels.
The all-new Land Rover Defender has all the off-road capabilities that you would ever need. It has a modern cool design, comes with some neat tech, and is spacious too this is all that you need if you are planning to buy an SUV with a complete off-roading package.