2020 Land Rover Defender Design Leaked via Lego Set
Since deleted, this Lego Defender reveal also gives us clues as to what the production version will look like.
Typically, while we anxiously await a new automotive design, we stare at spy photos to gain clues. And as we get closer and closer to the vehicle’s actual release, we get a better look at it. But now, we’ve caught our first real, uncovered glimpse of the forthcoming 2020 Land Rover Defender in a rather unusual way. And that’s via this Lego Technic set that seems to have been accidentally posted to a site called Smyths Toys.
Lego enthusiast site The Brothers Brick immediately noticed this slip up and posted all the details on their site. Apparently, the brick version of the new Defender comes in a whopping 2,573 pieces, which means it’s targeted more toward adults. It also sports working steering, a 4-speed sequential gearbox, independent suspension, and even a functional winch. It’s also the first Lego Technic vehicle to come finished in Olive Green. And it’ll run you roughly $200.
But enough about all that toy stuff. The real news here is the fact that this Lego Land Rover gives us our best look at the new Defender to date. And it’s likely that Smyths Toys found this out the hard way, because it wasn’t long before they deleted it from their site. Even though the real Defender obviously won’t be constructed from bricks, we can derive a few details from these images.
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Things like the round headlights, single-bar grille, and familiar power dome hood. The new Defender sports silver accents on the lower front bumper, big fender flares, and a contrasting white roof. Also very interesting is that the listing for the kit noted that it packs a “detailed in-line six-cylinder engine.” Which we presume will be Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium inline-six, though a turbo-four cylinder will also likely be available.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender is expected to go on sale this fall. The Lego set will also likely become available around that time as well. And while the folks at Smyths are probably kicking themselves for revealing it early, we think it’s pretty cool. After all, when was the last time a Lego kit gave us our first peek at a newly redesigned production vehicle?
Photos: Smyths Toys