By on August 27, 2019


Not since James Bond traded in his .32 Walther PPK for a PPK/S in .380 ACP has the long-running film franchise generated so much buzz. The set of the upcoming film No Time to Die was the site of an unexpected and long-awaited Land Rover reveal this week, with a shot leaking to social media of the next-generation Defender.

Spotted completely sans camo and appropriately splattered with mud, the Defender pic comes by way of Instagram user shedlocktwothousand. Jaguar Land Rover would surely have preferred to keep this thing under wraps — after a three-year hiatus, the new Defender is due for a public unveiling at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show.

Revered for its off-road ability and quintessential Britishness, the Defender ceased production in early 2016 following a 67-year run. It bowed out of the U.S. market in 1987, and eventually the steady march of safety standards (pedestrian collision protection, specifically) meant that JLR couldn’t keep the thing on British roads. A ground-up revamp was in order.

As the photo shows, the new Defender keeps its boxy shape, only you won’t cut yourself brushing against this model’s corners. Headlands diverge from the singular circles of the past, preferring a hooded look. Unlike the DC100 concept of 2011, the Defender’s front end is mercifully blunt, though there’s some similarities to be found in the roofline and flanks. Thick pillars look ready to handle any rollover.

The internet went wild over this pic, with one Instagram user commenting on the Defender’s resemblance to a far less exclusive Skoda Yeti. Frankly, the Defender’s nose reminds this writer of the Kia Telluride Concept. But people will say things and see things; what matters to JLR is if the thing sells.

Expected to bow first in mid-length (five-passenger) 110 guise, the Defender line will eventually incorporate a smaller 90 series with a Jeep Wrangler-fighting mission, as well as a long-wheelbase, eight-passenger 130 version. Power will come by way of Jag’s Ingenium line of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, with a plug-in hybrid variant on tap. Thanks to a leaked presentation last month, we know that a new diesel 3.0-liter Ingenium V6 will be available in the U.S. market.

The biggest departure from the original Defender is the model’s independent suspension, replacing the rock-solid (but far less supple) live-axle setup that came before. JLR’s finances aren’t great these days, and the big-bucks Defender is positioned as a halo money-maker for the automaker. To serve in this capacity, the brand’s ultimate off-roader needs to coddle occupants who will rarely, if ever, go off-road.

Expect to see the Defender appear on these shores next year as a 2021 model.

[Image: shedlocktwothousand/Instagram]

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24 Comments on “Next-generation Land Rover Defender Leaked on Film Set...”

  • avatar

    A Honda Element at a huge price without the Honda reliability!

  • avatar

    What, they didn’t think that people in Outer Mongolia own cell phones?

    Also, what indi500fan said.

  • avatar

    Oh a Jeep renegade, I wonder where the inspiration came from….

    I can’t believe this is a reality I live in, Land Rover selling minivans to replace an actual off-road vehicle, I’m struggling to know if I should cry or laugh.

  • avatar

    I’m not surprised it leaked on a film set, they leak lots of places.

  • avatar

    I never got the “Land Rover thing” to begin with, and I really don’t get the current line.

    Example: the Velar, which has a four-banger, and has about the same performance profile as a CR-V. For this, Land Rover asks upwards of seventy grand with an apparently straight face.

    Oh, and yeah…it has reliability issues.

    Now we have this, which looks like a Soul.

    Like I said…I don’t get Land Rover, and nothing here helps me out much.

  • avatar

    3-year lease to Mom in Boulder. 2nd hand to cool dude on Capitol Hill in Denver for 18 months. Disillusioned with repairs traded for Jeep on Lease. BHPH lot on Colfax buys at auction, repossessed after 6 months of pmts. and dead faulty electronics that causes complete meltdown. Sold to “one day I’m going to get that runnin” guy for $1,200. Sits is back yard for 10 years in Globeville, then sold to guy with tow truck for $200. Ignored at Pick Your Part in Aurora. Shredded 3 months later to make steel rails in Pueblo. I know CaddyDaddy is getting into the weeds, but Rinse-Wash-Repeat.

    • 0 avatar

      Now that is awesome!

    • 0 avatar

      This, outside of a few exceptions, vehicles with BoF construction are typically deemed worthy of keeping on the road longer generally due to better construction and component strength, significantly better engine options than unibody peers, generally more interesting vehicles that don’t feel and look throwaway than unibody peers, and of course designs seems to be more time worthy.

      GM SUVs for instance hold value well even for old suburbans as they are still very capable and relevant vehicles 30-40 years later, and seeing those old vehicles on the road builds brand presence and equity faster than any new product can. Without the old defender in Land Rovers group, they have a bunch of unibody badges vehicles that are more about profits tomorrow than building brand equity for the future of the brand.

      • 0 avatar

        ……”This, outside of a few exceptions” ie: GMT 360. BHPH hooptie status almost as quick as a Range Rover.

        • 0 avatar

          Hell even those with the 5.3 or 6.0 can maintain decent value, the front suspension design and room on those killed the platform, it completely hampered almost everyone wanting to turn them into homemade off-roaders. This is an issue that’s getting worse on every successive generation of vehicle. Well was, the only two non- lux off-road SUVs sold today don’t have those problems.

  • avatar

    Why do car companies have such a hard time coming up with an adequate Jeep competitor? Despite all their problems I like Land Rover because of their elegance combined with off-road competence. If they could just lick that reliability issue

    I like this even with it’s “minivan” looks it still comes off pretty classy.
    Now, about that reliability

    • 0 avatar

      Probably because nobody really wants a Jeep competitor.

      Jeeps are horrifically overpriced for what you get, and that’s due more to the name than anything else. People buy the Rubicon trim because of the looks. A stock base Cherokee is more than enough for their actual off-pavement needs.

      • 0 avatar

        “A stock base Cherokee is more than enough for their actual off-pavement needs.”

        I didn’t know Starbucks had any off-pavement locations…

        • 0 avatar

          “I didn’t know Starbucks had any off-pavement locations…”

          I’m sure somewhere in the Alaskan wilderness there’s a Starbucks with a rock-crawl drive-thru

      • 0 avatar


        You seem to forget Jeep Wrangler has 0 competition, they can charge whatever they want. And that’s the problem, this minivan won’t be capable of going half as far off-road as a 4 door long bed 3/4, on e rated tires at 80 psi, but they’re still pretending this is an off-road vehicle.

        They can only put lipstick on pigs for so long before everyone forgets the Land Rovers off-road connection. At this point I would say the connection is dead since they no longer have any capable off-roaders, it’s only a matter of the image fading in the memories of the populace.

        • 0 avatar

          Even when it had competition, it didn’t really.

          Jeep has a brand loyalty that defies logic. You could build a better vehicle, charge less, and people will still buy Jeeps.

          It’s like Harley Davidson used to be.

          • 0 avatar

            “You could build a better vehicle, charge less, and people will still buy Jeeps.”

            I agree, but no one has, so it comes back to what I said, they have zero competition and can sell it at whatever price. Believe me I would love the Jeep formula with a V8, but no real competitors have stepped forward.

  • avatar

    As I understand it you can spec the new Defender with a huge options list and select everything from a spring suspension to an air suspension. The plan being to cater to farmer types at one end of the market and Chelsea tractor drivers at the other end. The real test will be how good this is off-road. On looks alone I’d buy this over anything from Toyota or Jeep

  • avatar

    There are lots of comments on the styling. Was the series Land Rover even styled? Part of me wants to say that it doesn’t matter what it looks like. It will be a legitimate Land Rover based on how it performs far from civilization rather than whether or not it has Apple Car Play and looks as expensive as a G550. The rest of me knows you’d have to be a legitimate imbecile to go further away from a refrigerator than you can walk in a British Tata instead of a Toyota.

  • avatar

    Too bad I can’t just get a Skoda Yeti in the States, but this does a reasonable impersonation.

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