The Land Rover Defender has been snapped free of camouflage for the first time, with eagle-eyed fans uploading a picture to Instagram which was allegedly taken on the set of the latest James Bond movie.
The image is sure to stir controversy among fans of the brand, given this new version seems to sail closer to the curvaceous styling of the Range Rover brand rather than the squared-off edging of Defenders of old.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so we'll let you make up your own minds on the look. But we do know that pictured here is the four-door version, which looks appropriately menacing with its flared guards, chequer-plate bonnet, and front-mounted recovery winch.
Today’s news follows earlier leaks that captured the exterior look of the Defender, as well as a deep-dive into the specification courtesy of a training document.
We know, for example, that there will be a mid-size Defender 110, which will hit the UK next month. That car will be followed by the smaller Defender 90, which is scheduled for March 2020, while the 130 isn't due until August next year.
The 110 measures 4758mm (L), 1916mm (H), and will ride on a 3022mm wheelbase. The 90 measures 4323mm in length, 1927mm in height and rides on a 2587mm wheelbase. When the 130 arrives, it will measure in at 5100mm in length and 1915mm in height, and share the same 3022mm wheelbase as the 110. All Defenders measure 1999mm in width.
The Defender range begins with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 221kW and 400Nm. For more power, look to the P400 engine; a 3.0-litre turbocharged six good for approximately 295kW and 550Nm, and which reduces your sprint time to a 5.3 seconds.
For diesels, expect the D200 - a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine good for 147kW and 430Nm - or the D240, which delivers 177kW and 430Nm. Finally, there's a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line-six diesel with approx 221kW and 700Nm, and which cuts your sprint to 100km/h down to 7.4 seconds.
Land Rover’s local operation has confirmed the Defender will arrive in Australia some time in 2020.