You'll be forgiven if you thought Land Rover has always made the brunt of its money by building Range Rovers, but this wasn't always the case. The Land Rover reputation was made into what it is today through rugged, go-anywhere Land Rover trucks that could endure even the most brutal of conditions.
The original Defender was exactly this sort of machine. This favorite of African safaris and South American jungles hasn't been offered stateside since the mid-90s. Now, however, the Brits have introduced an all-new Defender, and are once again offering it to American consumers.
As with its predecessors, the new 2020 Land Rover Defender has been designed with the most extreme conditions in mind. It boasts a roof designed to hold a 661-pound static load, a two-speed transfer case, an adjustable air suspension with up to 5.8 inches of upward adjustment, a side-hinged tailgate with an externally mounted spare, and a 35-inch maximum wading depth.
With its butch looks and impressive resume of features, the new Defender looks to be making up for its quarter-century absence from U.S. showrooms.