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2020 Land Rover Defender: new spy shots surface, Lego model leaks

Two leaks over the past few days have meant we are slowly getting closer to seeing what the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender will look like behind the camouflage, although we’re still yet to see a real undisguised car in the flesh.

The first leak came courtesy of none other than Lego, with the upcoming Technic model of Land Rover’s most off-road-focused model accidentally being listed on UK retailer Smyths Toys’ website, before being taken down quickly after, but not before Lego enthusiast site The Brothers Brick grabbed a hold of the photos and details of the model itself.

While obviously not a dead-ringer for the upcoming off-roader, the olive green 2,573-piece model does give away a few clues as to how it may turn out.

Also worth noting is that it was revealed as part of this leak that the Defender will come with a straight-six engine as at least one option, which will likely be the new twincharged Ingenium unit that debuted stateside in the Range Rover Sport HST, and will first launch here in the 2020 Range Rover.

However, giving an even clearer picture of what is fast becoming the car industry’s worst-kept secret since the A90 Toyota Supra in the run-up to its unveiling a few months ago, another, even more revealing look at the car leaked overnight on Instagram and several Land Rover forums – namely, a shot of the Defender’s side profile as will be shown on the car’s digital instrument cluster.

As the animated shot shows, the overall shape of the new Defender will mimic that of the classic discontinued model it replaces, albeit with a more modernised overall appearance to its boxy body.

Worth pointing out is that the spare tyre is mounted on the tailgate and there are very short front and rear overhangs, all of which means it shouldn’t have much trouble clearing anything you throw it at.

Also attesting to that is the fact that another test mule was recently spotted in Kenya wearing a unique camouflaged livery quite different to those we’ve seen before, and given the way it’s being comprehensively put through its paces, we don’t doubt it’s should be able to deliver when it comes to off-road performance.

Topping off the past few days of leaks, Motor1 also published a fresh set of spy photos of both the two-door 90 and four-door 110 models in their regular camo wraps, which is the most comprehensive set yet, including underbody shots revealing the 110 riding on independent suspension with airbags all around, while the 90 rides on coil springs instead.

Currently, all that’s been revealed by Jaguar Land Rover regarding the new Defender is that it will touch down locally in 2020, while it’s likely to be officially revealed in September of this year, quite possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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