Another prototype was given to wildlife charity Tusk Trust for field testing in Kenya as part of its global engineering development programme. In the shots, it is seen pulling loaded trailers, carrying supplies and tracking lions across the Trust's 14,000-hectare reserve in Kenya.
New Land Rover Defender: design, styling and size
The long-awaited Defender reboot was earlier previewed in digital form, with a leaked shot appearing to show the 4x4's instrument dial display. The shot, sent to Autocar by an anonymous reader and first posted in various Land Rover forums, seems to have come from a development prototype judging by the fabric around the edge, usually used to keep the interior away from prying eyes.
It shows the new Defender will feature familiar styling cues from the original, including a vertical rear tailgate at a 90 degree angle from the roof, a wraparound roof edge with rear sunroof and, of course, the classic rear-mounted spare wheel. While a screen render such as this won't be totally accurate, it still gives us a good glimpse of Land Rover's landmark debut well in advance.
Leaked details last month confirmed the expectation that there would be three sizes of Defender offered, with two available from initial launch.
The range will centre around the short-wheelbase ’90’ and medium-wheelbase 110 variants for the first two years of its life-cycle. In 2022, an even larger ‘130’ variant will be added to the range.
The Defender 90 is described as the “halo image icon” of the Defender and is aimed at “the young, affluent fun seekers”. It’ll be available in five an six-seat options, suggesting a three-abreast front seat is possible.
The 90 is also a surprisingly compact machine, at 4.323m long. It is marginally the tallest of the three variants, at 1.927m. The wheelbase measures just 2.587m. All three Defenders are the same width at 1.999m.
The 110 is described as the “definitive” model in the family, available in five, six and seven-seat forms. It’s aimed a “couples, the self-employed and adventurers”. The 110 is 4.758m long and has a longer 3.022m wheelbase, while it’’s 11mm lower.
Topping the range eventually will be the 130, described as a “Premium explorer” for “families, active lifestyle and travel”. It’ll be 5.1m long and come with eight seats, despite the same wheelbase as the 110, suggesting a substantial rear overhang.
Recent spyshots also showed a 'workhorse' variant will be part of the 4x4's lineup. The rugged model, seen in smallest '90' spec with more camouflage than the usual prototypes, can be seen to feature basic steel wheels - usually a clear indicator of a more utilitarian version. Couple that with a fully covered up body from the doors backwards and it seems highly likely this is the planned 'Utility' variant without rear windows.