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Tough testing for 2019 Land Rovers in Kenyan reserve

  • Landy Defender in final testing in Kenya
  • Milestone moment on World Land Rover Day 
  • Camouflaged prototype out on global testing
LAND ROVER FINAL TESTING: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

PRETORIA, South Africa – Land Rover has announced plans for its new Defender to complete a final phase of field-testing with the Tusk Trust on location in Kenya to celebrate World Land Rover Day,

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

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

LAND ROVER FINAL TESTING: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

When the new Defender has its public debut later in 2019 year, The Corner was told, it will have passed more than 45 000 individual tests in some of Earth’s most extreme environments through 50-degree desert heat, sub 40-degree Arctic, and up more than 3000m in America’s Rocky Mountains.


”All,” Landy says, ”to ensure the new Defender will take everyday life in its stride, even with the most adventurous of customers.”

Nick Rogers, product engineering director with Jaguar Land Rover, told The Corner in a media release: “In addition to extensive simulations and rig tests we’ve driven the new Defender 1.2-million kilometres across all terrain and in extreme climates to make sure it’s the toughest and most capable Land Rover yet.

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”The opportunity to put it to the test supporting operations at Borana, with Tusk, will allow our engineers to verify that we are meeting this target as we enter the final phase of our development programme.”

JLR again: ”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 4×4 promises to bring unparalleled levels of comfort and driveability to the Defender family.”


The new Defender has been designed and developed at Gaydon in the UK, home to Land Rover’s design, engineering and testing facilities. However, the new home of global Defender production will be Land Rover’s new facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

LAND ROVER FINAL TESTING: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

Land Rover has partnered the Tusk Trust wildlife conservation charity for 15 years to reach some of the world’s most remote locations.

  • News of the testing initiative was announced to mark World Land Rover Day (April 30, every year ) to mark the world premiere of the original Land Rover at the Amsterdam Motor Show on this day in 1948.

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