Orders for Land Rover’s new Defender 90 have been pushed back to early September after coronavirus halted production and put paid to plans for a summer release.
The manufacturer originally opened its order books for the three-door, six-seater, short-wheelbase SUV in February, saying delivery was expected this summer.
However, its website now says: ‘Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to our production plants globally, Defender 90 production has been delayed. We anticipate Defender 90 will be available to order from early September 2020.’
Defenders are built in Slovakia, but the Nitra factory only has one shift in operation at the moment instead of the usual two or three.
Land Rover added that the new Defender 110 could, however, be ordered and collected.
Back in February, it said that following the world premiere of the new Defender at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019, there had been ‘unprecedented demand’, with more than 1.21m people configuring one on its website.
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