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Land Rover gives its iconic Defender a modern overhaul

It’s been a long time coming, but Land Rover finally unveiled its new modern-day interpretation of the iconic Defender yesterday.

If you’ve been following your off-roading you know that Land Rover has stopped producing the original shape of the Defender for a couple of years now, and this new iteration is certainly a significant jump forward, both in terms of design and technology.

Starting with the former, Land Rover has been careful to stress that in wants to make the Defender look modern, but still honour the heritage of the iconic original. To that end the boxy shape is retained, and there are subtle hints throughout the vehicle, such as the window cutouts in the rear, as well as the angular sides and touches of steel plating here and there.

Land Rover is making the new Defender available in both the 90 and 110 sizes, along with a number of different design packages, each with its own interior and exterior trim options.

In terms of off-roading capabilities there’s a new Terrain Response 2 technology, a Wade system for water hazards and a customisable Terrain option. Whether diehard Defender fans will enjoy the aid of so much technology while off-roading remains to be seen.

Sticking with technology, the cabin will feature a new Pivi Pro interface for all the driver’s digital requirements and diagnostics for the vehicle.

At the time of writing no official local pricing or availability has been noted, but the Land Rover South Africa site does have a landing page for the new Defender, as well as a configuration tool.

Both the Defender 90 and 110 will be available in the UK, starting at £35 000 and £45 000 respectively.

Given the popularity of the Land Rover brand, as well as the Defender in SA, we’re expecting more local information to arrive in the coming days and weeks.

Until then, check out the new Defender in action in the video below.

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