To be honest you I have kind of been dreading the launch of the new defender because I was afraid that it wasn't going to be the same body on frame rugged SUV that I fell in love with when I drove it for nine days off road in Morocco.
And like yeah.
My worst fears have come true.
But what did I expect.
Land Rover knows that most people aren't gonna take their Defender off road, even though it probably is more capable than 95% of the off road SUVs out there.
I mean, let's just look at the specs, okay?
Full-time four-wheel drive, locking differentials, crazy amounts of geometry.
When you put this thing up in its off road height, you've got 11.5 inches of ground clearance.
A 38-degree departure angle, 28 degrees in break-over, 40 degrees of departure?
I mean, for those of you keeping track, those are really, really comparable with the Wrangler Rubicon.
And I'm not even getting into the crazy wheel travel.
I've got 10 inches in the front, 12 and a half in the back, and it can ford nearly 3 feet of water?
I mean, just by looking at the specs, this thing is gonna be pretty damn unstoppable.
And as for its looks, well, I mean, it looks kinda darky but I think I kinda like it.
I love this slotty grill in the front and you can get it with a clear wrap straight from the factory so you don't get any trail tatoos as you're going down the road, right?
Plus you can get those giant 22 inch wheels if you know you're just gonna stay on the street, or you can go all the way down to 18 inches, so you can have a bigger offal tires with more sidewall.
The Defender will be powered by a two liter turbocharged four cylinder engine good for 296 horsepower, or a three liter turbo six with a mild hybrid system, good for 395 horsepower.
Now we won't see this smaller defender 90 here until later in 2020.
But the larger 110 will be available in the spring of 2020 at a starting price of a right around $50,000.
And as for me, I can't wait to test this bad boy out.