BBC Top Gear UK - April 2020
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Defender: a word that encapsulates a million stories. The hyperbole tends to get turned up a notch when writing about the icon that is Land Rover's most legendary product, but few cars command such affection, or have been part of so many people's stories. Its position in the nation's psyche brings an unimaginable pressure and the weight of expectation for the replacement is huge. Some products occupy such a deep-rooted place in the fabric of society
that it could be argued they should be left alone to age gracefully, for fear that any replacement could never deliver. Imagine, then, the pressure felt by Nick Rogers (executive director, project engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, or, more prosaically, the man responsible for delivering against that tidal wave of
expectation) as a handful of journalists climbed aboard the new Defender for three days of extreme off-roading in Namibia. Even the location articulated a confidence in the product, with the invitation including the line "mostly off-road in the wilderness, we'll eat what we can find and you'll cook it yourself". This was clearly no normal launch. Over the three days, our intrepid explorer Jack put the Defender through its paces, proved it more than delivered against the brief to be the best 4x4 by far and dined on oryx ... which gives you the sweats, apparently.