2020 Land Rover Defender's Final Design (Kind of) Revealed by Leaked Lego Technic Kit

Daniel Golson
Photo credit: Car and Driver

From Car and Driver

  • U.K. retailer Smyths prematurely posted a listing for a new Lego Technic set of the yet-to-be-revealed 2020 Land Rover Defender.
  • The kit will have 2573 pieces and a number of working parts including the transmission, gearbox, engine, and winch.
  • It also reveals some new details about the production Defender.

Late last week, Lego enthusiast site The Brothers Brick noticed that U.K.-based toy company Smyths had posted a Lego set on its website that has us very excited. It's a Lego Technic Land Rover Defender. But not just any Defender-the kit is of the upcoming 2020 model. Smyths likely put it up in error, since the real SUV has yet to be revealed and Lego hasn't officially announced this kit. The listing for the kit has since been taken down-but we took screenshots for posterity.

Photo credit: Smyths

The listing says the kit was developed in partnership with Land Rover, and the finished Lego vehicle will measure 16.5 inches long, 7.9 inches wide, and 8.7 inches tall. It's said to have 2573 pieces and will have working steering, all-wheel drive with three differentials, an independent suspension, a working engine and four-speed sequential gearbox, and a working winch. Apparently it will be the first Technic set to use olive green pieces, something sure to be very exciting to Lego heads.

When it comes to the looks of the Lego kit, obviously it's not an exact match for the real thing, but it does reveal some details about the production Defender that have been mostly or fully hidden in spy photos. There will be big round headlights, a single-bar grille, and silver accents on the lower front bumper. The hood will have a "power dome" like on classic Defenders, and the kit has a contrasting white roof, something that the production Defender is sure to get. Design elements such as the big fender flares and smooth shoulder line match what we've seen on prototypes.

Photo credit: Smyths

Beyond styling, the Technic kit confirms something else about the new Defender: It will use Jaguar Land Rover's new inline-six engine. The listing for the kit said it has a "detailed in-line six-cylinder engine," which could only be the Ingenium unit that had been rumored for the new Defender but never confirmed by Land Rover. (A gasoline turbo four is likely to be the base engine.)

When asked for comment, a Land Rover spokesperson was unable to give information about the Defender Lego kit but told C/D that the brand has "a strong ongoing relationship with Lego" and that the two companies are "working on a number of exciting projects."

The Defender will likely be revealed in the early fall, with the Lego version going on sale soon afterward. Expect a price of around $200-for the Lego model, that is. The real thing will be quite a bit pricier.

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