Land Rover to build all-new Defender in Slovakia

Land Rover Defender 2019

By the time the vehicle makes its public debut it will have passed more than 45,000 individual tests in some of the most extreme environments on earth.

A Defender prototype wearing camo will experience life at Kenya's Borana Conservancy towing heavy loads, wading through rivers and carrying supplies across unforgiving terrain over the 14,000-hectare reserve.

Putting the new Defender on the road is a bright spot for the British carmaker as it struggles with fallout from the UK's decision to leave the European Union and slumping sales in China.

ANYONE WORRYING about the Land Rover Defender going soft in its next incarnation seemingly has nothing to fear: its maker has been putting the prototypes through their paces on some of the world's toughest terrain.

The prototypes have been put to the test in the desert and the Arctic, with Land Rover also taking them through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's biggest carmaker and a unit of Mumbai-based Tata Motors, designed and developed the vehicle in Gaydon, England.

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The Defender has always been rumoured as the second model to be built alongside the Land Rover Discovery large SUV at the Nitra factory, which opened a year ago with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles.

The company also confirmed that while the new Defender (set to run on an all-aluminium platform, thus ditching the original's ladder-frame chassis) has been "designed and developed" in the United Kingdom, it will be built at a recently opened manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

For now, details about the Defender are limited, but we do know that there will be two wheelbases offered.

The new Defender is now completing its final phase of field testing with Tusk Trust, on location in Kenya. It even retains traditional doorhandles, rather than Jaguar Land Rover's fancier retractable handles.

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