The new Land Rover Defender is a conventional modern SUV with a controversial exterior. On paper, its off-road performance is impressive, but in practice Jeepers will still opt for a continuous axle over air suspension. There seems to be nothing to discuss. But I liked the new Def …! I'll explain now.
The typical 'two-thirds' car angle is the worst for the new Def
By 2016, three real, classic SUVs remained in production: Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes Gelendvagen and Land Rover Defender (a bicycle named Suzuki Jimny and the domestic auto industry, sorry, I do not consider). But new times dictated their own conditions for pedestrian safety and ecology, and these cars inevitably had to change.
Wrangler was the most conservative. The JL generation, introduced at the end of 2017, retained the frame and both axles. For pedestrians, they added a monstrous front bumper, and that's it. For passengers, everything remains the same, namely, one star out of five in the Euro NCAP test. As a result, we have a car that can now be bought new in the salon and immediately go to the forest, subject it to the most severe tortures. The main thing is not to accelerate on the highway more than 120 km / h, not to steer at speed and not to crash into anything.
Mercedes acted in the most hypocritical way. The new generation of the G-class came out in 2018 immediately after the previous one, without interruption, and even retained the "463" index. Appearance - one continuous parody of the classic "cube" (everything seems to be square, but if you look closer - no). And at the core is a completely useless frame and rear axle, with GLS front suspension. As a result, we have a car for which bridge reliability is meaningless (the front levers will die first anyway), for which all this "legacy" in the form of a frame and bridges is an obvious minus on the track, and no one will climb into the pampas anyway and the body will not be lifted. There is nothing to say about appearance. Classic Gelik is beautiful with its utilitarian look. And the new generation … see the picture!
For me, the appearance of the new Gelik evokes only one association …
Land Rover, on the contrary, acted extremely wisely. They did not need the classic Def for a long time, did not fit into the modern lineup. And they diligently "killed" him in recent years, refusing to participate in tenders for the armies and special services (I remind you that the classic Gelik is still being produced for the armed forces, in the same place in Graz, next to a new misunderstanding). At the end, he was given a magnificent farewell, with solemn ceremonies and anniversary special versions as a tribute to the classics. And … "forgot" about him for three years! This break is an unambiguous signal: "Look, the car as such is over, we are doing something new, it will be a completely different car. And we will use the Defender name simply because it is a well-known brand. Marketing and nothing personal."
In front it is the spitting image of Freelander
And they did it! Brand new car. Without half-measures like "independent suspension in front, but for some reason left the frame and rear axle." Without copying the classic look (but with light references!). The British say: "We gave you a modern SUV, as comfortable as it can be, that is, on an independent suspension and with a monocoque body. Well, so that you can go to the forest on it, we tried to strengthen everything there to the maximum." The new Defender is about "to be, not to seem". This is a very honest move. Neither in design nor in appearance, he has nothing to do with the old Def. Only the title. And only because "Defender" is a strong brand that is wasteful to abandon.
Outwardly, I like the equipment on conventional stamped discs. They are size 18 so you can put in a decent rubber
Hints of the classic Defender silhouette are visible only when viewed from behind
Trapezoidal rear - a tribute to the classic Def
From this angle, it also somewhat resembles a classic silhouette.
And on the side, this is the purest stretched fourth Discovery
Separately, I am glad that you can order a snorkel, a trunk, a winch and classic mud flaps right in the configurator. Of course, we still need to see what it has under the bottom. And, of course, in any case, he will not be nearly as reliable as good old Def. But this is the twenty-first century, guys.
If it does not cost us exorbitant money, then we must take it. Certainly in the most basic configuration. It will be the perfect new expedition vehicle for every day.