Land Rover is edging ever so close to launching the latest and most radical version of its most iconic car, the all-new Defender. Several times we have seen spy pictures of the car undergoing some test or the other. Nothing really stood out. Well these new ones do stand out, and for only one reason; they were taken at the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife.

You will know that this famous racing track in Germany is used by motor manufacturers to hone the handling and driveability skills of their cars, and is favoured mainly when testing sports or sporty cars. Naturally Defender is neither. Quite a surprise to see it there then with its low profile tyres, which means Land Rover is expecting the vehicle to drastically improve its road manners as well, something old Defenders have never been known for.

The Defender will carry a number of existing Jaguar Land Rover group engines, including the 2.2-litre turbo diesel, and 3.0-litre turbo diesel. The more expensive models will be mating these to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that works hand in hand with the permanent 4×4 system. For the first time ever the Defender will be fitted with a touch screen infotainment system as well.

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