Almost every week a post of the ‘next Defender’ pops up some where online, Some are well thought out and other are, well not so much. What we do know is that the next Defender will play a different role within the Land Rover Portfolio. The future family of vehicles is clearly defined… kind of. Essentially there will be three legs to the stool JLR’s Gerry Mcgovern described it like this
“Then, the brand architecture is around the fact that Land Rover is the master brand, and then within it, three families: Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender. We are in the throes of a transformation of this brand. We created a whole new generation.”
UPDATE 2: Sort of
This has been doing the rounds form Autocar, But to be absolutely honest its a rehash of old news. We can’t see any new information in there, but here it is none the less. I guess if nothing else it re affirms the idea that we’ll be waiting until 2018 for a new Defender and that there will be- as now a family of Defenders.
Still not convince by the renders though.
The new Land Rover Defender will arrive in 2018 with SVR performance version on the cards to rival the Merc G63 AMG
Such a car would be developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s newly formed Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, and would allow the brand to tap into demand in Russia and China for powerful and luxurious rugged off-roaders, currently dominated by the Mercedes G 63 AMG.
It’s also likely that a hardcore off-road Defender SVX will join the range at some stage and we could even see a luxurious SVA version in line with the Range Rover SVAutobiography.
“The beauty of SVO is that it allows you to play. It lets you take vehicles and heighten their essence,” McGovern told Auto Express. “We can do that with all of them, whether it’s a Range Rover, Discovery or a Defender.”
The first new Defender isn’t expected to arrive until 2018, and it will spawn a family of at least three individual models. McGovern said: “The Defender is all about durability – that indestructible, durable vehicle which is what a family of Defenders would be.”
Our exclusive images show how a long-wheelbase five-door model and a sportier three-door could look. What engines the family would be offered with is unclear, although the standard Defender is expected to be offered with four-cylinder turbocharged diesel and petrol engines and possibly a more powerful V6.
Whatever happens, the new Defender will continue Land Rover’s recent move upmarket. “In its core form it can be something that can be quite elemental up to something incredibly luxurious,” said McGovern.
Yet the car will remain a true off-roader. While exact details are still secret, the new Defender is likely to have an aluminium body built on an aluminium chassis. This would give go-anywhere strength with less weight than from a traditional 4×4 steel chassis.
“When you see the new Defender, people will know it’s worthy of carrying the badge,” explained McGovern. “It will be able to do everything it says on the tin.”
See the full article below on Auto Car
UPDATE 1: Sort of.
Automobile Mag have published an article today which look like a little further rumour, but there are certainly some credible noises in here also.
Land Rover is ending production of its covetable, eminently capable, rugged-but-beautiful Defender next summer now that EU authorities have black-flagged the legendary SUV for failing to meet pending emissions, crash, and pedestrian-safety standards. A replacement Defender, code-named L663, will come in 2018, just in time for the SUV’s 70th anniversary. And even better, it’s coming back to the U.S.
Insiders are predicting at least five body styles: a two-door short-wheelbase with a metal top, a two-door short-wheelbase with a soft top, a four-door long-wheelbase with a metal top, a two-door short-wheelbase pickup, and a four-door long-wheelbase pickup. There should also be five engine choices from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium engine series: two 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinders (150 and 180 hp), two 2.0-liter gas four-cylinders (180 and 240 hp), and, at the top, a 300-hp, 3.0-liter V-6, which will replace the ancient V-8. All engines will be bolted to either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic, and both transmissions can be coupled to an extra-cost, low-range transfer case and two differential locks.
From farmers to fashionistas, about 30,000 people are expected to pick up a new Land Rover Defender each year. Not huge, but a big jump for the brand, and production can be substantially increased if demand justifies it. Given what’s to come, the 2019 Land Rover Defender is bound to eclipse its blackballed predecessor in price, ability, and mass appeal.
This strategy helps understand the direction of Land Rover and what that means for the Defender. “Now, the general philosophy is recognize your past, and look forward”
1 Range Rover. – Premium, just Premium
2 Discovery – Versatile yet premium.
“We’re just now embarking on this new family of Discoveries. Discovery Sport is the first of that new generation. It’s what we call a white space vehicle. There wasn’t a Discovery of this compact nature before, and you’ll see more Discoveries coming, so it won’t be just one that we currently had before this came, and then eventually, there will be a family of Defenders. We will design a new family of Defenders. Once that’s all out there, it’ll be the clarity of what this brand represents.”
“and then Defenders, they still have that design and that capability, but they’re all about their durability.” Gerry Mcgovern
At least in the very little that is being said about the Defender the word Durable is being used. Over the past year or so we’ve heard many similar words being used to describe the vision for the new Defender. It is reassuring to hear that the Defender will be a vehicle built for purpose not posing. That said, if you expecting a modern day Series i then you’ll be sorely disappointed, For a start we do know that there will be more than one. Anyway, the purpose of this article is to take a look at some of the rumours and see which ones stack up..
The Land Rover DC100 was a concept vehicle to show what the Defender in 2015 will look like. The DC100 was first unveiled to the public in September 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. For various reasons that haven’t been publicly disclosed Land Rover have canned the design of the DC100. So what we can take from this is that in 2011 this is what Land Rover felt the Defender would be like. Many of the design features from that DC100 have been implemented into the Land Rover Vehicles and others Hijacked by the competition *cough* Skoda yeti, Jeep Renegade, and a few others. One thing is for sure, This is not what the next Defender will look like.
Other things that we know, or at least can be quite sure of:
No ladder chassis.. There is just no need anymore. In all likelihood the Defender will use a derivative of the Land Rover monocoque with sub chassis as used in the Evoque. This makes sense rover the much heavier version in the current Discovery.
As well as that the engine will most likely be the Ingenium lumps that are starting to roll out of the lines.. There are not any other engines planned present.
Ultimately Land Rover need to produce a vehicle that has a market- it needs to see to actual real people. That market is now filled with Hilux, L200 and then at the cheap end the Dacia Duster up to the Land Cruiser. That being the case the Defender will need to be as versatile as the current model but more accessible by appealing to more people, and earning its keep.
Land Rover are now very precious about keeping the shape and specs of the new Defender. However, we do know that the styling of the new car has already been signed off. In summer 2014 the Defender was given the green light. When will it arrive? Our best guess comes form AutoCar on this one
This means that the new vehicle is likely to be seen as a concept in 2016, and to appear in production guise around 2018
There will of course be uproar when Land Rover do finally reveal the next Defender, But I have been reliably informed that the new vehicle does exactly what it should in todays world. There are a handful of people who have seen the new Defender- but if asked they emit a beeping noise and smoke comes out of their pockets. Rest assured as soon as there is any reliable information we’ll be sure to keep everyone in the loop.
For now the plethora or social network posts will keep emerging claiming to be the next Defender, but until we get some facts, Lets have a look at some pictures of what the next Defender probably won’t look like.