The Land Rover Defender Rumors and Predictions
Land Rover has recently discontinued the production of a 68-year-old icon: The Land Rover Defender. This discontinuation marked a huge turning point in the future of Land Rover and left many Defender enthusiasts shocked. The good news is that Land Rover doesn’t actually plan to completely cut us off cold turkey from the Defender and are actually just working on the finishing touches of a new, sportier, stronger Defender.
The New Face of Defender
The new Land Rover Defender 4×4 is planning to replace the old Defender model – which is no longer in production. This time with more technology and even better performance. The initial release date for this new model of the Defender was originally set for 2015, but in order to make sure that drivers are only getting the top-of-the-line when it comes to 4×4 vehicle capability, Land Rover has delayed the release quite a few times.
It has also been rumored that at one point there were talks about completely discontinuing the Defender series all together, but it appears as though that is not on the agenda. At this point, the Jaguar Land Rover CEO has confirmed that the vehicle engineering has been completed, as has the design, except for a few minor details. We’re still left without a concrete release date.
As far as confirmed vehicles specs there isn’t much to go on. The only confirmed aspects of the new Defender are that it will share an aluminum construction similar to that of the Range Rover and that it will be shorter in length than the original Defender. There has also been talk that the vehicle will follow in the footsteps of many other Land Rover vehicles and offer both manual and automatic gearbox selections. Some people even suspect that Land Rover will roll out a tamer version of the vehicle for mainly daily/city drivers as well as a more hardcore, off-roading ready powerhouse to provide for more versatility and possibly increase sales margins. Aside from these few confirmed aspects and our own speculations all we have to rely on is that the new Defender is going to be the most capable and high-tech vehicle that Land Rover, and maybe the automobile industry as a whole, has ever seen.
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