With the release of the new 2020 Land Rover Defender at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, JLR has fulfilled the wishes of enthusiasts, overlanders, and adventurers around the world. As we covered in our photo history of the Land Rover Defender, the British SUV has been known by many names over the past 70-plus years, and the JLR team has dumped thousands of hours into perfecting the latest iteration of this automotive icon. From its 95-percent new body structure and extreme stiffness, to a newfound focus on efficiency with the addition of a 48-volt system, plug-in hybrid powertrain, and slippery 0.38 coefficient of drag, the new model looks to marry loads of new tech with the awesome off-road capability the Defender has become famous for. With all that in mind, the new L663 looks poised to carry the Defender nameplate into the future.
We can’t wait to drive it, but before we do, MotorTrend correspondent Justin Bell caught up with JLR vehicle line director Nick Collins to get answers to some of our burning questions. If you were wondering about design philosophy, ground clearance, approach angles, or just how much this project means to the people at Land Rover, Justin’s got you covered. Check out the Q&A above and read our full First Look review here. You can also check out how the new Defender stacks up against MotorTrend’s current SUV Of The Year, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, in our Land Rover Defender vs Jeep Wrangler specs comparison.