The premium class of the pickup truck segment is drawing more and more attention. Mercedes joined forces with Nissan, and their X-Class is already available in Australia and few other markets. The truck is based on the Navara pickup. Now, the luxury brand will get a response from one of its main rivals, British JLR. The 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck is more likely than ever, especially with the new SUV coming next year. The company will turn it to the new segment.
Speculations about the 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck are pretty confident the JLR will launch this model. Spy shots are missing and we already had reports about the truck coming this year. After a delay, the carmaker will reconsider the upgrade and start preparing the pickup for a debut. It will share the same platform with its closest sibling, including engines and payload capacity.
Engines and Specs
According to reports, the new Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder drivetrain. The truck is not getting a larger displacement and we can not predict which SUV will serve as the base. The new Defender will be available as 90, 110, and 130 versions. The pickup will get only one, and the petrol engine will probably be a 2.0. Turbocharged, it can produce between 240 and 300 hp. Torque level is 250-300 lb-ft. A nine-speed automatic gearbox is standard and the system uses all-wheel drive only. Towing capacity and fuel economy numbers will depend on the power of the engine.
2020 Land Rover Defender Two-Door Pickup Truck
At the moment, we know only that 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck will be based on the SUV and the truck will use only the single-cab configuration. Compared to its main rival, Mercedes X-Class, it is totally different concept. The German carmaker delivers a dual-cab pickup. Further details are not available yet, but we can compare the upcoming vehicle to the SUV to find out more details. Still, the company needs to solve the bed design and make it functional. On the other hand, the JLR is well-known for its luxurious details and equipment, and designers will have to find the balance between practicality and posh styling.
2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck vs Mercedes X-Class
Neither of these two pickup trucks is heading to the USA yet. the main battle is happening in Australia, where Mercedes is already taking over the market. X-Class pickup is based on Nissan Navara, and Germans are adding its premium equipment. On the other hand, the JLR will build its own pickup which is sharing a lot of things in common with the SUV sibling. Since this vehicle is not out yet, we will have to wait to get the full specs and equipment list. We believe that 2020 Defender Pickup Truck will try to beat X-Class in every segment. However, rumors say Mercedes is building its own platform for a future pickup truck. And the main difference between two rivals is cab configuration, with Defender coming with an only single cab, two-door layout.
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