Sometimes, spy shots or videos don’t appearance cartage hidden below endless of tarps or covers. Sometimes, prototypes adumbrate in apparent sight. This afresh acquaint video blow from the aggregation at TFLnow shows aloof that – a new Land Rover Defender with a manufacturer’s authorization bowl and a ancestor sticker acutely arresting on the SUV’s backside. Of accurate absorption here, however, is the bankrupt arrangement on this model.
In the States, the Defender is accessible with a best of gasoline engines. The abject comminute is a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder acceptable for a not-too-shabby 296 application (221 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of twist. The advancement is a 3.0-liter mild-hybrid I6 that pushes out a accumulated 395 hp (295 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. Both engines accelerate their bankrupt gases aback through bifold bankrupt tips, one absolute on anniversary side.
However, the Defender spotted actuality doesn’t affection that. Rather, it has a brace of bankrupt tips departure on the larboard ancillary of the SUV. That agency something, because beyond the pond, Defenders with the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged agent accept that aforementioned bankrupt setup. Overall ability isn’t as ample as you get with the gasoline six, but the broad, compact torque ambit is what off-roaders dream about.
This leads us to one of two conclusions. Either this accurate Defender is testing a altered bankrupt arrangement for gasoline engines, or it’s active a diesel. That aftermost bit is absolutely the arresting allotment here, because if true, it raises an accessible question. Why is Land Rover testing a agent Defender in the States?
To be fair, automakers analysis new cartage all over the world, so artlessly seeing a agent Defender ancestor on a U.S. artery doesn’t beggarly a agent advantage is approaching for U.S. buyers. Still, it is a analytical sighting, and there accept been casual rumors about a diesel-powered Defender advancing to North America. There are additionally affluence of V8-powered Defender sightings, but those prototypes affection cloister bankrupt outlets out the back.
Ultimately, the basal band is whether or not a agent Defender would accomplish faculty in America. We doubtable Land Rover could be aggravating to acknowledgment that catechism as well.