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2020 Land Rover Defender teased ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show unveiling

The British marque will open up preorders right after the SUV's world debut.

We're ready for the return of the Defender.

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January 2016 was a sad date for Land Rover fans. The rough and tough, go-anywhere British behemoth known as the Defender exited production after decades of continuous production. Yet, Land Rover told us all to turn the frown upside down because it had a new Defender cooking.

Well, here's our first official look at the new off-road SUV. On Thursday, the company released a single teaser photo of the front grille that shows the iconic off-center badge and "Defender" spelled out across the hood. Obviously, the SUV is covered in mud because that's what happens with Defenders. They get dirty; they go anywhere. That's the charm.

Land Rover didn't share any other details about the SUV but reconfirmed we'll see it debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show on Sept. 10. The new model will come 71 years after the company revealed its first production SUV at the Amsterdam auto show in 1948.

Yanks should be thrilled about this reveal, too, since it marks the first time the Defender will be sold in this part of the world since 1997. Whether we get a single bodystyle or both the three- and five-door models remains to be seen, however.

Before the big reveal, we will let you in on a poorly kept secret. Someone has already snapped a photo of the Defender with zero camouflage on the set of the next James Bond Film, No Time to Die. The photo shows the front fascia uncovered, but the rear end remains a mystery. It largely matches the Lego Technic kit that appeared to kind of leak the Defender's appearance as well.

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I’m not going to get in trouble for this — because it’s all over #facebook at the moment! Here is what looks like the first uncovered #defender2020 — straight (apparently) from the film set of the new #bond movie! Makes sense! A few things come to mind. Firstly, the winch is excellent. Secondly, the alpine windows are still there! Thirdly, the rear passenger door looks massive — you’ll never open that in a Tesco car park! Fourthly, there seems to be quite a bit of wheel clearance (though it’s unknown if this is standard height, off road height, or on coils!). Fifthly, checker on the bonnet (yes, the bonnet is a funny shape and there is no real wing to speak of). Sixthly, I’m not sure about the mirrors at all. Seventhly.... well, this could clearly go on a bit! #landroverdefender #allnewdefender #landroverdefender #landrover #thebest4x4xfar #landrovertheworldover #landroverworld #bignews #didntmakefrankfurt #someonesheadwillrollforthis #spyshot #spyfilm #jamesbondfilmset #allnewdefender2020 #newdefender #newdefendernews #newlandroverdefender #defender #landroverdefender #landroverdefender110 #defender110 #defender130 #defender90 #allnewdefender90 #allnewdefender110 #newdefender2020 #newdefender90

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Those who like what they see won't need to wait long to place an order. Immediately following the Defender's debut, Land Rover will open order books for the SUV. We'll be on scene at the Frankfurt Auto Show to take in all the details surrounding Land Rover's reborn, banner off-road machine.

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