A beloved icon returns in a version that surpasses the original.

We previously wrote about the upcoming arrival of one of the most eagerly awaited cars in history. Now, the new Land Rover Defender SUV has finally made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Safe to say, it has surpassed even our highest expectations. While it keeps the instantly recognizable shape of the ‘80s icon, the new version upgrades the distinctive silhouette of the original with some contemporary touches. It features some new curves and aerodynamic lines that soften the classic shape but never dilute its beloved character. New features include an optimized geometry, with short overhangs both at the front and the rear of the car. The perfectly proportioned headlights are easily recognizable, while the Alpine windows give another nod to the original.

Naturally, the new Land Rover Defender SUV can handle the toughest of terrains and weather conditions thanks to an optimized build. The car features a monocoque architecture as well as some of the most rugged and tough materials to offer incredible durability. As this is a Land Rover Defender, you can rest assured that you can easily drive it on challenging surfaces thanks to the all-terrain capability coupled with the all-wheel drive, large tires, and perfected geometry. The Configurable Terrain Response technology provides an easy way to customize off-road preferences, depending on your adventures. With the Wade Program, water crossings become a breeze, as the car can handle depths of up to 35.4 inches.

The cabin boasts a minimalist design that puts a focus on both comfort and function. It also features Land Rover’s most advanced technology to date. Apart from a pro navigation system and a new infotainment system, the Land Rover Defender SUV also comes with an enhanced 3D Surround Camera, an interactive driver display, and an innovative full-color, high-resolution graphics windshield display. And all of this only scratches the surface of what this vehicle can do. Customers will be able to choose between two hybrid and two diesel engines at launch, with prices starting at $49,900. A plug-in hybrid will make its debut in 2020. Both the 110 and the 90 models will come in Standard, First Edition, and X versions with various specification packs. Accessory packs will also allow drivers to personalize their new Defender further. Photographs© Land Rover.

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