Land Rover would always be very difficult to replace Defender, we already knew that. Some controversial voices, especially from the most ardent fans of the original, almost agree that new defender it is a great product, although this modern reincarnation is always haunted by the same question: is it a worthy heir to the original?
Richard Hammond of The Grand Tour, in his distinctive Drive Tribal test, will try to answer this existential question.
In this video, we see you … take your dog for a walk, while getting to know the young driver you are driving a little better. Let us even know your Land Rover I Series, the entire Land Rover father to this day, of which the new Defender is the direct heir to the tribe, which appears to be in the middle of a 10-year restoration – in appearance no one would say …
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“This is the best discovery they have ever made”
We got to know the new Defender a little better, Richard Hammond even transports us in time to get to know the reasons why there was even a model like the original Land Rover (I series), and of course the obvious conclusion is that the new Defense could never be such as the predecessor.
The world in which the original Land Rover was born is quite different from the one we live in now, and Hammonds draws a number of parallels between this ancient and our world. For example, today Defender is no longer aimed at farmers and working on the farm. Nor would it be acceptable (or possible) to have such a utilitarian machine as the Series I. For this work, there are, as he emphasizes, competent pickups that have occupied this place for a long time.
Defender had to reinvent himself and adapt to modern times. Options off-road they are still there, but now they will be used more for recreation than for some utilitarian function. Pure, solid utilitarianism has been replaced by comfort, sophistication and versatility – and he also seems to have become less friendly with our best friend, as his muddy paws in this luxurious model will only stain very clear skin lined with seats.
Returning to the original question, will the new Defender be a worthy heir to the legacy of its predecessor? Given the features and characteristics of the new model, Richard Hammond is forced and Land Rover says: “The new defender is the best … discovery they’ve ever made”. Do you agree?
Well … All that was missing for this new Defender “test” was a bit of off-road operation. Mr. Richard Hammond did not give it, but we are here to fill that gap. Stay with Guilherme and the new Land Rover Defender off-road at Quinta do Conde: