Land Rover’s New Defender Has Reached America — But Good Luck Finding One

Been waiting for the new Defender to arrive in the U.S.? It’s here, but you may have trouble snagging one for a bit.

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The new Land Rover Defender is one of the new cars we’re most excited to finally drive in 2020. Now, at long last, it’s finally arrived at North American dealerships…but that still means we (and you) might have to wait a while to climb behind the wheel. Automotive News is reporting there may be a shortage for the next few months. Finding, or even test-driving one, could prove difficult.

See, Land Rover is building every 2020 Defender at one factory in Slovakia. That plant was shut down for eight weeks from March to May during the COVID-19 pandemic, which delayed the ramp-up to full production. Land Rover told Automotive News that “several hundred” copies of the new off-roader have been sent to American dealers so far — which isn’t a whole lot, considering there are 188 American Land Rover dealers. (Every dealer should get at least one by the end of June, AN says.)

Many of those Defenders that Land Rover sends over first will be earmarked for customers who were on waitlists. That trickle of Defenders also likely means it will be hard for customers to test drive them, as many dealerships will likely want to keep them in showrooms to draw in lookie-loos. (Land Rover says it will have a rotating fleet of testing vehicles making the rounds, however.)

That said, if you want a new Defender, you’ve already been waiting some time; it’s been about nine months since Land Rover unveiled the new Defender last September, and that reveal came after a protracted tease that began back in December 2018. A few more months isn’t too much longer to hold out for a badass James Bond-approved British SUV, is it?

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