Land Rover is reinventing its brand-defining Defender 4x4, set to go on sale in North America next year, but until now we've only seen camouflaged and disguised prototypes undergoing hot weather testing in Africa, cold weather testing above the Arctic Circle, and racing around the Nürburgring. Finally, images of the new Defender, completely undisguised, have started to appear online. However, you'll still have to wait for the official reveal to know exactly what the 2020 Defender will look like, as the images that we’ve seen are of an upcoming 2,573-piece LEGO Technic model.
As reported by The Brothers Brick website for LEGO maniacs, the olive drab model is based on the short-wheelbase, three-door Defender 90 and it will go on sale in October, right after the real Defender is introduced. When finished, the LEGO Defender will be 16.8 inches long and 8.8 inches tall. Technic models are dynamic, so the independent suspension, steering, four-speed sequential transmission, differentials, and winch are all functional.
LEGO hasn't officially confirmed the kit, which is numbered 42110 in the photos, apparently leaked, that first appeared on the Smyths website devoted to toys. That information, however, appears to have been taken down. Brothers Brick anticipates a retail price of about $200 when it does appear in stores.
There is no word yet on the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender's time around the Nürburgring's Nordschleife.