2020 Land Rover Defender: 6 models, 2 engines, 5 accessory packs, and a million ways to configure

It’s officially here: the 2020 Land Rover Defender. And right away we all agreed that it is much better than we expected. From the looks, hardware, seating configuration, capabilities, and an endless list of accessories, everything about the new Defender seems totally legit. We will have the Official Hooniversal Opinion post on the Defender later on. Now, let’s focus on its features, packages, and options.

We will focus on the four-door 110 for now as the two-door 90 model will likely be available a little later on.

  • Six different models:

  • Two engine choices:
    • Twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine, badged P300, makes 296hp, 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds – this engine is only available on the Standard and S models.
    • Six-cylinder Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) powertrain, badged P400, twin-scroll turbocharger and a 48-volt electric supercharger, 395hp, 406-lb ft of torque and acceleration from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds – this engine is only available on SE, HSE, First Edition, and 110 X models.

  • Four distinct Accessory Packs are available:
    • Explorer Pack: The Explorer Pack is ideal for off-road adventures, equipped with a lightweight 57-lbs Expedition Roof Rack, Exterior Side-mounted Gear Carrier, Wheel Arch Protection and a Spare Wheel Cover. A Matte Black hood decal, featuring ‘90’ or ‘110’ cut-out detailing, completes the Explorer Pack’s head-turning appearance
    • Adventure Pack: Ideal for time spent outdoors, the Adventure Pack features a Portable Rinse System with a 1.7 gallon (6.5-liter) pressurized water reservoir, trunk-mounted Integrated Air Compressor and Exterior Side-mounted Gear Carrier. A practical 6.3 gallon Seat Backpack, which you can take with you when you leave the vehicle, completes the interior
    • Country Pack: Designed for time spent off the beaten track, the Country Pack features rugged Wheel Arch Protection, Bright Rear Scuff Plate, Portable Rinse System and Full-Height Loadspace Partition
    • Urban Pack: To stand out in the concrete jungle, the Urban Pack adds a Bright Rear Scuff Plate, Spare Wheel Cover and Front Undershield, while Bright Metal Pedals add to the rugged interior
    • It should be noted that all of the things listed in these option packs are available as stand-alone options as well. 

  • Three seating options:
    • Standard 5-passenger, 2 front and 3 back.
    • Optional 6-passenger, 3 front (no center console), 3 back.
    • Optional 7-passenger, 2 front, 3 middle row, and 2 third row.
    • Sadly, 3 front, 3 middle, and 2 third row combination for a total of 8 passengers is not available.

  • Other technical stuff:
    • Payload: 1,984-lbs
    • Towing: 8,201-lbs.
    • White 18-inch steel wheels on base model only – but I’d bet many will choose to downgrade to them because they’re awesome.
    • Aluminum 20- and 22-inch wheels are available.
    • All season tires are standard, all-terrain tires (likely Good Year Wranglers) are optional on 18- and 19-inch wheels. Oh the irony of Wrangler tires on a Defender. 
    • 32-inch overall tire height. I was expecting 33s.
    • LED headlights standard. Optional on the Wrangler.
    • All modern safety is standard. Optional on the Wrangler.
    • Height adjustable air suspension standard.
    • Four wheel independent suspension.
    • Locking rear and central diffs.
    • The  Expedition Roof Rack can support 370-pounds while moving, more standing still.

The online Defender configuration is up and running. Enjoy it. More on the Defender later on. Enjoy the pics.

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19 responses to “2020 Land Rover Defender: 6 models, 2 engines, 5 accessory packs, and a million ways to configure”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    Better than I expected, but nothing I’d spend time configuring even just for kicks. What’s up with the body-color square in the windows? Wouldn’t that look better black?

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Some ‘iconic’ styling cue that didn’t exist on the old LR. It will make sitting in the third row suck.

      Plus to put it briefly the design of the body makes it look narrow in the rear shots. The overhead shows noticeable taper towards the back, plus the styling of the vertical black strips.

    2. caltemus Avatar

      That hides a pillar I believe

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        On the contrary, I think it accentuates the pillar. If it were black it might hide it.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          A fairly normal pillar behind it, but a strange square piece with a round hole at the top rear. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3b1635db5612b9d5e91065e0c1d273d9f39f6eda1b928a46126741d6a3df5e7.jpg

        2. caltemus Avatar

          That reminds me too much of the nissan cube and it’s fake window. At least the silver panel isn’t pretending to be a window

          1. Zentropy Avatar

            To each his own. Most SUVs and minivans these days have black B and C pillars. I think in this case it looks odd to me because it’s bordered above and below by black trim, rather than being visually integral with the adjacent sheetmetal. It almost looks like a distinct panel, like a door on a medicine cabinet or breaker box. It’s not nearly so obtrusive on the Defenders without contrasting roof colors.

          2. Zentropy Avatar

            Here’s one with the body-color top. I edited the image to extend the C pillar color to the borders above and below, which are normally black. In this case, I think the colored C pillar looks good, because it doesn’t look so distinctly separate.


  2. danleym Avatar

    3 across the front? Can’t be many cars available with that anymore.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      I think just pickups.

      1. Maymar Avatar

        For the sake of pedanticism, the Tahoe/Yukon/Suburban as well (which, yes, are basically pickups).

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      I like that. It’d be cooler if it were a legitimate full bench, but the folding jump seat makes it close enough.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        I prefer be able to slide the driver/passenger seats separately

        1. Zentropy Avatar

          Functionally, the split is much better, especially with such an obstructive center stack. I just like full bench seats for the nostalgia.

  3. neight428 Avatar

    I predict these will sell quite well, though not to me, can’t get over the English Motoring Horror Stories.

    BTW – anyone heard from Bronco lately? That guy talked a good game and then vanished.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      can’t get over the English Motoring Horror Stories
      Don’t worry, they’re Indian Motoring Horror Stories now. It will be as reliable as any Royal Enfield!

    2. Vairship Avatar

      can’t get over the English Motoring Horror Stories
      Don’t worry, they’re Indian Motoring Horror Stories now. It will be as reliable as any Royal Enfield!

    3. mdharrell Avatar

      I keep telling myself it helps to think of them instead as Motoring Adventure Stories.

  4. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    I like the looks of the 2 door hardtop in the last picture and appreciate the Wilks Brothers reference. I’m surprised there is no diesel option considering how central this is to the worldwide Defender identity, I guess they offer diesels outside the US. The hybrid drivetrain seems unnecessarily complex for overlanding but I think the majority sold will be decked out 4 doors that never go further off road than the gravel driveway of the vacation home. At least in Oregon and California you can separate the serious from the poseur by whether they have an OHV “green sticker” Also it will be interesting to see what the availability of a new Defender does to demand and prices for original Defenders.

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