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Next-gen Land Rover Defender clocks 1.2 million km in testing

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The iconic and timeless Land Rover Defender is not in its next-generation avatar and has reached a 1.2 million kilometre test milestone. The new 2020 Land Rover Defender prototype has completed its task on the event of World Land Rover Day. The British manufacturer is well known for making one of the best and most rugged SUVs in the world and Land Rover celebrates 71 years of its all-terrain prowess on the 30th of April. Land Rover debuted on this day in 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

The new generation Land Rover Defender will continue testing in its specially camouflaged covers with the Tusk Trust which is the Land Rover’s global conservation partner. The prototype which is specially camouflaged as the Land Rover Defender will commence its final phase of testing in Kenya’s Borana Conservancy as part of its 15-year partnership with the Tusk Trust. Land Rover has been the official partner of the Tusk Trust and has helped in reaching the most remote locations.

The prototype will be subjected to harsh climates and will be made to complete tasks such as water wading through rivers, towing heavy loads and carrying supplies through the vast 14,000-hectare of the reserve. Land Rover engineers have already tested the mettle of the Land Rover Defender in 40-degree cold arctic region to 50-degree hot desert and 10,000 ft altitude of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The Land Rover Defender has been tested in every aspect and terrain to never let down its owner, be it out on an adventure or the daily runs.

By the time of its public debut later this year, the development fleet will have completed more than 45,000 individual tasks in some of the harshest and most difficult places in the world.

Designed and Developed in the UK, at Gaydon the Land Rover Defender has access to one of the best design, engineering and testing facilities in the world. The new Land Rover Defender will be manufactured at its newly opened state of the art manufacturing plant in Nitra, Slovakia.