The Jeep Wrangler is gaining some luxury competition.
Just as 2018 came to a close, Land Rover gave us all something to look forward to in 2019 with the return of the legendary Defender nameplate. Not only is the all-new Defender set to go on sale in 2020, but it will be available in the United States for the first time since 1997. So far, Land Rover has only teased us with a four-door version of the Defender called the 110. We've seen spy shots of the rumored hybrid version, which also features four doors but these latest shots reveal the Defender 90, the upcoming two-door version of the Defender.
The previous Defender was available in 90, 110, and 130 lengths and it is possible this new generation model will bring back all three of these variants. Land Rover is also rumored to be working on a pickup truck, which was also available on the last generation Defender. A pickup truck version could give Land Rover a strong competitor to the Jeep Gladiator, though we doubt this model would be sold in the US market because of the Chicken Tax.
Even if the truck model doesn't reach production, this two-door 90 model should be a strong competitor for the two-door Wrangler and a potential two-door Ford Bronco.
Judging by these first spy shots, the new Defender's proportions look much better as a two-door. We especially love the lack of rear overhang, which emphasizes the Defender 90's shortened platform. With the death of the three-door Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover no longer offers a model with fewer than four doors. Two-door SUVs typically haven't sold well in the US (unless you count the Wrangler) but we hope this doesn't deter Land Rover from bringing the Defender 90 stateside.