In occasione del "World Land Rover Day" il fuoristrada di nuova generazione mostra altri dettagli

Era il 30 aprile 1948 e al Salone di Amsterdam veniva svelata la mitica prima serie della Land Rover. Per questo motivo il 30 aprile tutti gli appassionati del fuoristrada britannico festeggiano il "World Land Rover Day", giorno in cui quest'anno la Casa inglese ci fornisce nuove foto dei muletti di nuova Land Rover Defender camuffati e impegnati nei test di messa a punto.

Sviluppo finale in Africa

I prototipi della nuova Land Rover Defender hanno già percorso complessivamente 1,5 milioni di chilometri e stanno entrano nella fase finale delle prove su strada che si svolgeranno in Kenya.

Nuova Land Rover Defender, i muletti in prova

Per poter sfruttare le piste africane più difficili e selvagge gli inglesi hanno preso accordi con il Tusk Trust, l'organizzazione no profit che protegge la natura in Africa. Fra le prove più impegnative sono già previsti traini pesanti e il guado dei fiumi.

Tradizione a tre e cinque porte

Lo sviluppo della nuova Land Rover Defender include l'organizzazione di 45.000 diverse sessioni di prova in varie parti del mondo, dai 3.048 metri di quota delle Montagne Rocciose in Colorado fino ai 50 gradi centigradi del deserto e i -40° del circolo polare artico.

Nuova Land Rover Defender, i muletti in prova

Le nuove foto ufficiali dei muletti mascherati ce ne mostrano una bella carrellata a tre e cinque porte, con passo corto e passo lungo.

Appuntamento a settembre

Per la nuova Defender circolano anche indiscrezioni su una variante pick-up a cabina singola con cassone posteriore, ma probabilmente non al lancio.

Per la presentazione in anteprima mondiale della nuova Land Rover Defender le info ufficiali parlano di "fine anno", ma molte indiscrezioni suggeriscono un "reveal" già nel mese di settembre. Ancora non è dato sapere se si tratterà di un evento dedicato o se sarà proprio al Salone di Francoforte (12-22 settembre 2019).

Fotogallery: Nuova Land Rover Defender, i muletti in prova

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NEW LAND ROVER DEFENDER REACHES 1.2 MILLION KILOMETRE TEST AND DEVELOPMENT MILESTONE

Milestone moment on World Land Rover Day as new Land Rover Defender prepares to undergo unique Tusk Trust test

  • Ready for anything: New Defender reaches development milestone on World Land Rover Day as prototype fleet hits 1.2 million kilometre landmark
  • New challenge awaits: Specially-camouflaged prototype model is preparing to embark on field-testing with global Land Rover conservation partner, Tusk Trust
  • Unstoppable capability: Prototype will be put to work towing, wading and carrying supplies at the Borana Conservancy in Kenya to support vital conservation work
  • Tested to the extreme: Development fleet will complete more than 45,000 individual tests in some of the world’s most inhospitable places
  • World Land Rover Day: Land Rover celebrates 71 years of all-terrain expertise on 30 April – the anniversary of its original debut at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show
  • Register your interest: The new Land Rover Defender will make its world premiere later this year but you can register your interest now at: www.landrover.co.uk

Tuesday 30 April 2019, Gaydon, UK: To celebrate World Land Rover Day, Land Rover has announced plans for the new Defender to complete a final phase of field testing with the Tusk Trust, on location in Kenya.

A Defender prototype wearing a unique camouflage will experience life at the Borana Conservancy as part of Land Rover’s 15-year partnership with Tusk Trust.

The prototype will tow heavy loads, wade through rivers and carry supplies across unforgiving terrain in a series of real-world trials at the 14,000-hectare reserve.

By the time the new Defender makes its public debut later this year, it will have passed more than 45,000 individual tests in some of the most extreme environments on earth. Land Rover engineers have taken the test fleet to the 50-degree heat of the desert, the sub 40-degree cold of the Arctic, as well as up to 10,000ft altitude of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to ensure the new Defender will take everyday life in its stride, for even its most adventurous customers.

Nick Rogers, Executive Director Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “In addition to the extensive simulation and rig testing, we’ve driven new Defender 1.2 million kilometres across all terrains and in extreme climates to ensure that it is the toughest and most capable Land Rover ever made. The incredible opportunity to put it to the test in the field, supporting operations at the Borana Conservancy in Kenya, with Tusk, will allow our engineers to verify that we are meeting this target as we enter the final phase of our development programme.”

With on-road dynamics honed at the Nürburgring facility in Germany and all-terrain credentials tested on the muddy roads of Eastnor, UK, the rocky trails of Moab in Utah, and the sand dunes of Dubai, the new 4x4 promises to bring unparalleled breadth of capability and new levels of comfort and driveability to the Defender family.

The new Defender has been designed and developed in the UK, at Gaydon, home to Land Rover’s world-class design, engineering and testing facilities. The new home of global Defender production will be Land Rover’s recently opened state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

Land Rover has been an official partner of the Tusk Trust wildlife conservation charity for 15 years, helping to reach some of the world’s most remote locations. News of the testing initiative has been announced to mark World Land Rover Day, which is celebrated on 30 April every year to mark the world premiere of the original Land Rover at the Amsterdam Motor Show on this day in 1948.