Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender debuts as a completely modern offering

2020 Land Rover Defender debuts as a completely modern offering

The old Land Rover Defender became legendary for its offroading prowess while offering a minimum of modern conveniences. It was never particularly suited for markets outside Europe though, with its pathetic diesel engine (a weak petrol V8 option died a quick death by the late 90s), its unsuitability for extreme desert driving, its sky-high price that dwarfed more capable rivals, and its propensity for being unreliable even after half a century of development time. Owners and fans may vehemently disagree, setting a low bar for their expectations, but even I wore the Land Rover blinkers for several years before coming to my senses.

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2020 Land Rover Defender sort of leaked

2020 Land Rover Defender sort of leaked

There has been a lot of speculation, and negativity, on what the upcoming 2020 Land Rover Defender will look like, especially as there is no way the Defender can continue its classic looks in a modern safety-conscious world. With numerous spy shots hinting at something that looks like a previous-generation Land Rover LR4, the reincarnation of the legendary off-roader is largely expected to become the new boxy option to the blobby new Discovery. And the wait to see what the new Defender looks like is almost over, as a leaked image of the Defender surfaces, presumably from the instrument cluster of a pre-production prototype.

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Diesel cars not allowed in Dubai any more? *Updated*

Diesel cars not allowed in Dubai any more? *Updated*

Diesel-powered cars are quite popular in Europe, Asia and parts of the United States. They’re known for their fuel economy, immense torque and characteristic rattling engine note. Diesel has generally been the domain of commercial vehicles in the GCC. However, over the last few years, a few carmakers have sort of offered diesel cars in the UAE, usually on special order, such as the Audi Q7 W12 TDI, the Porsche Cayenne Diesel and the Land Rover Defender. Now we’re hearing that diesel cars, privately-owned ones at least, are not allowed to be newly registered in Dubai any more.

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Land Rover Defender stunt rig in Bond movie Skyfall

Land Rover Defender stunt rig in Bond movie Skyfall


It’s interesting to see how far car scenes have movies have progressed over the years. Many of you might have seen the new James Bond movie Skyfall already, and would’ve noticed the blatant Jaguar-Land Rover product-placements in there. You also would’ve seen this Land Rover Defender in the movie, but without that huge rig on top. So what is that on the roof?

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