Land Rover unveils all new version of its iconic Defender SUV: See pics

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The new car’s most difficult mission might be satisfying die-hard Land Rover purists while meeting modern technical requirements that have found their way into rivals including the Mercedes-Benz G Wagon. (Bloomberg)
1/7The new car’s most difficult mission might be satisfying die-hard Land Rover purists while meeting modern technical requirements that have found their way into rivals including the Mercedes-Benz G Wagon. (Bloomberg)
The Defender retains many traditional design elements and claims industry-leading off-road capabilities, but with modern twists like a plug-in electric option, retractable sun roof and an infotainment system all a world away from its analog predecessor. (Bloomberg)
2/7The Defender retains many traditional design elements and claims industry-leading off-road capabilities, but with modern twists like a plug-in electric option, retractable sun roof and an infotainment system all a world away from its analog predecessor. (Bloomberg)
The unveiling comes at a tough time for Jaguar Land Rover as Britain’s biggest automaker struggles with fallout from the Brexit vote, weak sales in China and slumping U.K. demand following a clampdown on diesel vehicles. (Bloomberg)
3/7The unveiling comes at a tough time for Jaguar Land Rover as Britain’s biggest automaker struggles with fallout from the Brexit vote, weak sales in China and slumping U.K. demand following a clampdown on diesel vehicles. (Bloomberg)
The Defender will sell for 35,000 pounds ($43,000) plus sales tax, less than some analysts expected, while a longer wheelbase model starts at 45,000 pounds. (Bloomberg)
4/7The Defender will sell for 35,000 pounds ($43,000) plus sales tax, less than some analysts expected, while a longer wheelbase model starts at 45,000 pounds. (Bloomberg)
The bigger version of car will carry seven people and seeks to address the old models wide-ranging markets with accessory packs dubbed Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. (Bloomberg)
5/7The bigger version of car will carry seven people and seeks to address the old models wide-ranging markets with accessory packs dubbed Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. (Bloomberg)
The original Defender -- so simple it was originally sketched in beach sand -- attracted early customers including Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II, who drives the model on her country estates (Bloomberg)
6/7The original Defender -- so simple it was originally sketched in beach sand -- attracted early customers including Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II, who drives the model on her country estates (Bloomberg)
JLR has accumulated 1.5 million test kilometers for the Defender and recently completed what it called a “real-world” trial in Kenya that saw the SUV negotiate a variety of obstacles and pull heavily loaded trailers while tracking lions in the Borana game reserve. (Photo: Reuters)
7/7JLR has accumulated 1.5 million test kilometers for the Defender and recently completed what it called a “real-world” trial in Kenya that saw the SUV negotiate a variety of obstacles and pull heavily loaded trailers while tracking lions in the Borana game reserve. (Photo: Reuters)
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