New Land Rover Defender hits 1.2 million km landmark

Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

The teaser clearly shows the new Defender's clean, utilitarian lines and upright stance - including near-flat sides, a flat roof and a spare wheel carrier hung out back.

Though the new Defender will likely be a far different vehicle to the auto it replaces, Land Rover hasn't shaken up every aspect of the traditional "best 4x4xfar" formula.

Few, if any, automotive icons have as wide and as immediate a recognition factor as the Land Rover Defender.

The pictures showed that Land Rover will produce both long- and a short-wheelbase versions of the auto, mirroring the model lineup of the previous Defender. But for anyone doubting the workload, JLR has revealed the far-reaching locations that prototypes of its fleet have been driven for a combined 750,000 miles of testing - which, we should add, excludes the rig and simulation tests it had done before that.

We don't need Land Rover to tell us how extensive the testing programme for the next-gen Defender has been; numerous sightings of development cars on and off roads the world over have confirmed that.

On-road dynamics tests are being held at the Nurburgring in Germany, while the Defender's off-road chops have been honed in a range of environments including muddy Eastnor, UK, the rocky trails of Moab, Utah, and the sand dunes of Dubai. The good news is that the positioning will likely be closer to the Discovery, as Land Rover is well aware that many Defender faithful use the vehicles as a workhorse.

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But to honour (and hype) this latest milestone, JLR has released a new set of images of the camouflaged Defender hauling a** through the rugged Kenyan terrain, where it will complete its final phase of testing.

The prototype will tow heavy loads, wade through rivers and carry supplies across unforgiving terrain in a series of real-world trials at the 14 000-hectare reserve.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said the new vehicle will be designed and engineered in the United Kingdom, and will be unveiled later this year.

The new Defender has been designed and developed in Britain, although it will not be built there.

The full debut is scheduled for later in 2019 but Land Rover is happy to take registrations of interest now, via its website.

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