Classic off-road fans have something to look forward to. The Land Rover Defender is coming back to the U.S. and Canada. Land Rover has confirmed the new Defender will have an all-new exterior and interior design, as well as a suite of driver assistance and connectivity features. That’s quite a difference from the boxy off-roader’s humble beginnings. They started making the Defender in England in 1948 using aluminum alloy left over from World War two fighter planes. It was intended to be a farm vehicle. The last one was built in 2016, after 68 years of production.
Land Rover has been testing the new vehicles around the world. They’re now putting prototypes to the test in North America. Land Rover says these early versions of the new Defender will face temperatures ranging from -40 to +120 degrees. We don’t know much about the specs, but we expect those details when the Land Rover Defender is revealed in 2019 as a 2020 model.