Range Rover gets new straight-six with mild hybrid tech for 2020

Land Rover Defender

It's all part of Land Rover's promise the new Defender will offer "unparalleled breadth of capability and new levels of comfort and drivability".

Engineering director Nick Rogers said: "In addition to the extensive simulation and rig testing, we've driven new Defender 1.2 million kilometres across all terrains and in extreme climates, to ensure that it is the toughest and most capable Land Rover ever made".

The new images were released on World Land Rover Day to mark the 71st anniversary of the original Defender's public debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948.

A Defender prototype wearing camo will experience life at Kenya's Borana Conservancy towing heavy loads, wading through rivers and carrying supplies across unforgiving terrain over the 14,000-hectare reserve.

Workers set up the booth for British auto manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover's Jaguar brand inside the National Exhibition and Convention Center, the venue for the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE), in Shanghai, China October 28, 2018.

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Engineers will have taken test models to the 50-degree heat of the desert, says the manufacturer, not to mention the sub 40-degree cold of the Arctic.

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. We also know the MLA platform will allow an electric powertrain to be fitted to the new Defender.

Production for the new Defender is slated to kick off at Land Rover's new manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia where the Discovery is now assembled.

However, the Defender, which has been out of production for three years, is now to be made overseas. Fuel economy figures haven't been announced, but the mild hybrid system should net a noticeable improvement in fuel consumption compared to the outgoing V6.

Other changes to the Range Rover line for the 2020 model year include two new paint colors - Eiger Gray and Portofino Blue - and optional gloss black 22-inch wheels.

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