This Might Be the 2020 Land Rover Defender

A picture that appears to show Land Rover's highly anticipated new off-roader on the set of the new James Bond movie just showed up on Instagram.

A new Land Rover Defender is on its way, and the truck seen in this picture that's been floating around on Instagram might just be it. User Steven Firth posted this shot of a Defender to his page—which we found via Jalopnik—claiming it was taken on the set of the upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die. Given the leaks and photos we've seen of camouflaged Defenders, there's good reason to believe this is the real deal.

This story, originally published June 28th, 2019, with an obscured leaked photo, has been updated with this new Defender photo.

Jaguar Land Rover vehicles have featured prominently in Bond films, most recently in 2015's Spectre, which had a heavily modified version of the old Defender and a Range Rover Sport SVR. It wouldn't be surprising to see the new Defender in the upcoming film, then.

A few months ago, we reported that the Defender will be offered in three sizes—90, 110, and 130. Given that this Defender has four doors, this one's either the 90 or the 110. This one is wearing some knobby tires and has a winch on the front bumper. Appropriately, it's covered in mud, as all Defenders should be.

Earlier this summer, another leaked shot of the Defender (above) came to our attention via CocheSpias.net.

In an email to Road & Track, a Land Rover spokesperson said of that earlier image "Land Rover is aware of an unofficial image in circulation. Through the development of any new vehicle many design options are considered. We will not comment any further at this time. Land Rover does not comment on future product plans."

While we can't see the full car in this picture, what we can see does resemble the illustration of a Defender shown in spy photos of the upcoming 4x4's gauge cluster. This truck here appears to be a four-door, though Land Rover will offer a two-door version of this new Defender.

Certainly, the two cars pictured here look similar to camouflaged Defender prototypes, as seen in photos released by Land Rover itself:

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If the obscured green car on Instagram is a fake, it's a very elaborate fake. Though, Land Rover's spokesperson telling us "[t]hrough the development of any new vehicle many design options are considered," could imply that it's not the final product.

The new Defender replaces the ancient, but much-loved truck whose origins dated back to the original Series 1 Land Rover of 1948. It will ride on the aluminum unibody architecture that underpins other Land Rover models, including the Range Rover, and for the first time since 1997, it will be sold in the US.

The green car is notably missing its hood, and has some sort of plastic bag covering its engine. This is pure speculation, but perhaps that bag is covering batteries. A few years ago, Australian site Motoring reported that an all-electric version of this new Defender would hit production. Land Rover itself also made an all-electric concept version of the old Defender back in 2013.

On the windshield, you can see two forward-facing cameras, which imply this Defender will at least be available with advanced safety tech like automatic emergency braking. Clearly, this will be a very different machine than Defenders of old.

Land Rover has announced previously that this highly anticipated off-roader will debut some time this year, so we won't have to wait long to see it for real.