The New Land Rover Defender Has Arrived In America
The upcoming Land Rover Defender is officially coming to America – in fact, some of the prototypes and development mules are already here, as new photos show released by the automaker show. When the all-new Defender goes on sale here in 2020, it will be the first time the nameplate has been officially offered in our market since 1997.
According to Land Rover, hauling a camouflage-wrapped prototype of the new Defender to the United States was about more than setting up a pre-debut photo op in front of the New York City skyline (although Land Rover did that, too). According to the automaker, “Testing on the continent provides valuable data to engineers given the wide variety of terrain and surfaces available in America. Engineers will subject the vehicle to rigorous test extremes to make sure the new Defender is the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever; operating in temperatures from -40F to +120F while driving the test vehicles on- and off-road at altitudes of more than 13,000 feet above sea level.”