Taking pride of place in the Earls Court Motor Show, the all-new Defender will feature alongside its earliest ancestor – a pre-production prototype of the original 1948 Series 1. While 71 years of innovation and engineering separate the two, both are unmistakably Land Rover, boasting the boxy and rugged DNA of the Solihull manufacturer.
The new Defender is a reinvention of the 20th century icon, perfectly suited to the demands of the modern adventurer. Gone are the sharp edges and exposed rivets, and in their places is a slew of new technology, including fully independent suspension, 3D surround cameras, a touch screen and a 5G system that allows the car to automatically update or fix itself via data transfer.
Of the exclusive UK debut, Goodwood Revival general manager Henry Bass commented: “It’s a tremendous honour for the Goodwood Revival to host this appearance of the new Land Rover Defender, coming 71 years after its predecessor.
“The Revival is an event that creates an absolutely authentic cross-section of life up to 1966 in which Land Rovers were a key part of everyday life from that day to this. It is a really exciting opportunity to see the spirit of the times and of that wonderful vehicle being carried forward into the future by the new model.”
Joining Land Rover in the Motor Show will be the likes of Aston Martin, Ford, Maserati and Mini, all showcasing star cars from yesteryear.
While tickets for Saturday and Sunday are sold out, a limited number remain for tomorrow and can be purchased here.