The new Defender has shown its face months before its official world debut.
Land Rover has been struggling to keep the new Defender under wraps lately. The highly anticipated off-roader is slated to debut this September, and while Land Rover has released numerous teasers, leaked photos recently emerged online giving us an early look at the next-generation Defender’s fancy digital instrument display, which features a graphic showing the off-roader’s profile.
And now another photo allegedly showing the new Defender completely undisguised has found its way online, this time giving us a clear look at the SUV’s front fascia. We’ve already seen camouflaged prototypes, but this is by far our best look yet at the next-generation Land Rover Defender if the leak is legit.
Posted by on Instagram, we can see the new Defender features a slender single bar grille flanked by squared-off headlight covers with circular lighting units. There’s also a wide lower intake with a contrasting silver insert. Elsewhere, the new Defender has plastic body cladding and prominent fender flares, as well as front fender vents, black accents on the A-pillars, and a contrasting white roof. We don’t get to see the Defender’s rear, but the digital instrument cluster has shown the SUV will have a flat roof and retain its predecessor’s boxy shape.
Compared to the rugged old model, the new Defender’s front looks sleek but a bit bland and could be easily mistaken for a baby Discovery. It should be noted, however, that this could still be a development vehicle and not representative of the final design. It’s not only the exterior that is being modernized, as the new Defender will be built on the same aluminum structure as the new Discovery, Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport. Engine options are still unknown, but Land Rover has confirmed the Defender will launch with both conventional and mild-hybrid powertrains.