Defending the Defender
Although production of the Land Rover Defender ceased in January this year, little has been said about the iconic model’s replacement – until now. Land Rover has reportedly applied to renew its trademark of the Defender name in recent months, and speculation surrounding a new Defender model is more prevalent than ever before.
The upcoming Land Rover Defender is allegedly going to be the brand’s most high-tech vehicle yet and the world’s most capable off-road vehicle, expected to launch in early 2019. At Lancaster Land Rover, we really can’t wait. And even more excitingly, the new Defender will develop into a family of models.
Speth said: ‘It was one of the saddest moments of my career to end production of the old Defender, so we are working very hard to give it an authentic successor.’ But aesthetics haven’t yet been revealed, so we will have to wait for further information on the new Defender’s design – it’ll most certainly have to be impressive to win the hearts of Defender fans around the world.
Apparently, major engineering is complete and the new Defender is being tested in prototype form. Enhanced versions of the already advanced systems including Hill Descent Control and Terrain Response are expected to be included, as well as further electronic enhancements for the chassis systems for supreme go-anywhere ability.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Ralf Speth, has confirmed that the new Defender will be based on the aluminium architecture of the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery, but overhangs are likely to be shorter and improved ground clearance on arrival, departure and break-over angles will give it supreme off-road agility.
Speth has stated that in order to deliver the strength and durability expected by customers, the Defender’s structure would require ‘a lot of different elements’ but it’s expected to be fitted with a four-cylinder version of JLR’s modular Ingenium engines.