You probably don’t want to do this with your Defender.
The Frankfurt Auto Show gave us our first opportunity to officially see the 2020 Land Rover Defender. Just before that, though, we caught a sneak peek at a blacked-out Defender on set for the upcoming Bond film No Time To Die. Today, we can see stunt drivers giving the new Defender a proper shakedown in filming the movie, this time courtesy of Land Rover itself.
In the short 41-second trailer, the 2020 Land Rover Defender hoons through the forest, getting properly dirty and flying over the countryside. Potential editing chicanery aside, stunt driver Jess Hawkins notes the Defender is pretty much standard as it comes from the factory. A few interior shots show the necessary roll cage — this is a Bond film, remember — racing seats and handbrake, but other than that it does look pretty stock from the outside.
The jumps are awesome, and seeing the 2020 Land Rover Defender absolutely fly through the water is nothing short of heroic. Sure, you probably won’t do this in your Defender, but it’s nice to know it can take some serious punishment.
What’s happening with the 2020 Land Rover Defender
The new Land Rover Defender will start hitting dealers nationwide next year. It will launch in two variants — the two-door Defender 90 and four-door Defender 110 — with two available powertrains. The 90 and lesser model 110s will get a 2.0-liter Ingenium engine with 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of of torque. Higher trims will get a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Both versions come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
While you may not climb every mountain and ford every stream in your Defender, the new model naturally comes with off-road chops by way of its fully independent air suspension as well as its remarkable approach, breakover and departure angles. The 2020 Land Rover Defender can manage to lift itself to acheive 11.5 inches of ground clearance, beating just about anything else out there from the factory.
The new Land Rover Defender will be at this year’s LA Auto Show before hitting the market early next year. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Check out Land Rover’s official clip from No Time to Die filming below: