One of the anticipated upcoming new automotive reveals is the next-generation Land Rover Defender. It’s been a very long time coming with loads of hints, leaks, and spy photographs of check mules over time. However none is likely to be as revealing as this new LEGO Technic mannequin, which seems to be new short-wheelbase Defender two-door, undisguised—in brick type, after all.
It appears the famed toy brick firm has a brand new 2,573-piece package set to launch this fall forward of the true Land Rover Defender. Auto journalist Max Finkel flagged a report on Twitter that a picture of the field was just lately uploaded to British retailer Smyths Toys. It is clearly not the present Defender—the grille is far narrower, and it shares particulars with the Defender check mules like large fender flares and a boxy greenhouse. The rake of the windshield additionally seems just like the next-gen mannequin.
Clearly, the brick building means this is not an actual illustration of the brand new Land Rover Defender’s remaining design. Nevertheless it’s a peek nonetheless. The main points on the Smyths Toys website posted alongside the mannequin’s picture present yet another clue; it comes with practical steering, a four-speed sequential transmission, three differentials, and a fully-independent suspension—simply as the brand new mannequin has been confirmed to have instead of the previous strong axles. Rounding out the functioning bits is an operational winch on the entrance.
Proper now, the Defender remains to be present process testing and is at present scheduled to go on sale someday in 2020, which implies its reveal must be proper across the nook. We reached out to Land Rover for touch upon the obvious LEGO leak, and we’ll replace if we hear again.