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With its iconic styling and impressive off-road capabilities, the Land Rover Defender became the supreme all-terrain vehicle shortly after its debut in the 1940s. Its rigid construction and ability to tackle any obstacle made it ideal for anyone in need of a dependable work vehicle. While available for civilian use, the Defender became a favorite among farmers, military, police and rescue agencies as it was the only vehicle that could handle such rugged demands.

In 2016, Land Rover made the decision to discontinue the model, with the last one rolling off the assembly line that January. Since the end of production, scarcity has caused the market value for used Defenders to hit upward of six figures. Seeing this demand, the automaker has brought the iconic auto back for 2020, and it’s better than ever.

Undoubtedly, the tactical appearance and capabilities were what consumers came to love most about the vehicle. Knowing this, Land Rover has made only slight adjustments to the Defender since its inception. The 2020 iteration boasts the trademark boxy aesthetic, paying homage to the original design. While necessary performance, safety and luxury upgrades were made, it clearly looks like a modernized version of the forties-era Defender.

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The automaker offers a multitude of upgrade options for the auto. First, there’s the choice between two-door (Defender 90) and four-door (Defender 110). Then there are the add-ons, such as a bike carrier, an expedition roof rack, a deployable roof ladder, a built-in air compressor or an onboard 1.7-gallon pressurized portable rinse system — amenities ensuring the Defender can conquer any adventure.

Those looking for something more refined for an everyday city commute can upgrade to the Defender X, which features a gloss black hood, larger wheels, darkened taillights, a panoramic roof, premium interior mood lighting, and 14-way heated and cooled electric front seats. This package represents the perfect marriage of luxurious comfort and serious off-road capabilities.

An icon reborn, the 2020 Land Rover Defender will not disappoint. It can handle any situation, from a freeway drive into the city to an unmarked trail leading to a desolate resort. Land Rover executed an honorable relaunch, ensuring the Defender meets modern-day expectations while still honoring its heritage.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender

• Starting at $49,900
• Available in two- or four-door configuration
• Seven paint colors
• 12 wheel options
• Eight-speed automatic transmission
• Electronic air suspension
• Hill launch and hill descent control
• LED headlights
• Solar attenuating windshield
• Emergency braking
• Lane keep assist
• 10-inch infotainment touchscreen

To learn more, visit Land Rover Minneapolis.

Read this article as it appears in the magazine.

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