According to the Automotive News publication, a completely new generation of the legendary off-road vehicle – Land Rover Defender goes on stage already in 2018, and in the same year, and will start selling new items.
As promised the head of the Land Rover design division, Gerry McGovern, it would be “a modern Defender”. The company hopes that the new concept model will sell 100,000 SUVs annually, and this will help the market success of the introduction of entire five body variants: a three-door, five-door, five-door long-wheelbase and a semi-double and double cabin pickup truck.
It is still not decided where the SUV will be produced. Taking into account the estimated volume of production and the status of the global model, Land Rover could easily start production of “Defender” in its new factory in Slovakia. However, some top managers believe the Defender brand has almost cultural heritage and the UK insist that the new generation of the SUV should be produced in the same place where the previous one – that is, at the Land Rover factory in Solihull, UK.
2018 Land Rover Defender release date
British manufacturer Land Rover will introduce a new generation of SUV Defender for 2018.
Release date: 2018
2018 Land Rover Defender price
The cost of the future of off-road car is unknown. Given the positioning between Discovery (LR4) and Range Rover, is expected to cost around $45,000 for the basic package.
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2018 Land Rover Defender redesign
As it is known, with the more than 30 years of glorious history of the Defender model, the new one will not be represented on sale until 2018. The new SUV will receive completely transformed appearance has nothing to do even with conceptual developments of the English manufacturer shown in recent years.
The new line of “Defender” will be a “middle class” of the Land Rover and will take place in the lineup above the Discovery series, but lower premium Range Rover. Apparently, deliberately off-road focus to the vehicle design will continue, but the rate is still to be made on the comfort, otherwise the old brutality and austerity will scare most of the potential buyers.
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2018 Land Rover Defender specs
According to the information received – the novelty will be offered in five versions: short-base version with 3 doors and a metal roof, short-base with a soft roof, long-base 5-door with metal roof and two pickups – a short 2-door and crew cab 4-door.
All varieties of the SUV will be equipped with new Ingenium engines (both gasoline and diesel), paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 9-speed automatic. Top-end modification will receive 300 HP turbocharged V6 displacement of 3.0 liter.
Both transmissions are available optionally with two-speed transfer case and locking differential.
It is noteworthy that the new Land Rover Defender now will not use a ladder frame, instead of which comes a lightweight monocoque body and two stretcher.
Also, the car will receive Terrain Response system, specially modified to the needs and capabilities of this model, as well as assistants up the hill/descent, adaptive headlights, all-sky cameras and so forth.
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