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2020 Land Rover Defender SUV spotted testing in India

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

The Land Rover Defender is an iconic and timeless car and it is one the most rugged SUVs in the British manufacturer’s portfolio. The Defender was suspended in the year 2016 and now the new Land Rover Defender has been spotted testing in Bengaluru, India in special camouflage. The SUV spotted and photographed is the short wheelbase version. According to a media report, the test mule belongs to Tata Consultancy Services.

Land Rover has been testing the SUV for a while in one of the most desolate environments on earth and has recently completed a 1.2 million test milestone. The milestone was achieved on the World Land Rover Day on 30th of April. Land Rover celebrates this day for 71 years of its off-road toughness.

The specially camouflaged SUV has been testing with the Tusk Trust, which is Land Rover’s global conservation partner. The Tusk Trust has been with Land Rover for over 15 years now and the SUV has been performing tasks of wading through water in rivers, carrying supplies, towing heavy loads, etc., through the vast 14,000 hectares Borana Conservancy in Kenya.

Land Rover engineers have already tested the SUV in different environments from the -40 degree cold of the Arctic to the 50-degree hot deserts and also been tested in high altitude environment at 10,000 feet on the rocky mountains. The Land Rover Defender is designed and Developed at Gaydon, in UK, and it will be manufactured at its newly opened state of the art manufacturing plant in Nitra, Slovakia.

The Defender has completed more than 45,000 tasks and been tested in one of the most difficult places in the world and now it is being tested on the ‘Indian Roads’ and the SUV is expected to debut next year. Though engine specifications and other details are unknown on the new Defender, more details of the car are expected to be available closer to its launch.

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