New Defender To Be Instantly Recognizable, Won’t Look Like DC100 Concept
Land Rover Challenged With Keeping Rugged Character Under Modern Mandates
The Land Rover Defender is one of the most iconic vehicles among 4x4s of the past half century. While the basic, utilitarian off-roader has not been sold in the U.S. market since 1997, it continued to be offered in overseas markets, and production is finally coming to an end on the current generation in January. However, it’s not the end of the line for the Defender altogether. A new Defender is on its way, and Land Rover design chief Jerry McGovern promises it will be instantly recognizable for what it is and will not look like the DC100 concept shown a few years ago, according to Automotive News.
Land Rover will need to adapt the new Defender to modern-day realities the automakers are facing, namely regulatory requirements such as safety systems, stability control, mobile device integration, fuel economy, and emissions. Two and four-door models are being planned, as well as pickup variants for overseas markets. The pickup versions are not expected for the U.S. market. The Defender’s closest equivalent, the Jeep Wrangler, is receiving a full redesign in 2018, and a pickup model similar to the Gladiator concept is expected as well.
Source: Automotive News