There’s a new Defender in town. Dr. Ralf Speth, Head Honcho at Jaguar Land Rover, himself confirmed that they will indeed launch a new Defender based on the Land Rover Discovery. Speth revealed that the new European brand car will have the same aluminum architecture found in the Discovery, Range rover, and Range Rover sport.
Despite having similar chassis with Discovery. Speth made it clear that the new Defender would be different from other models in the range. The Defender will come with supreme off-road abilities as you’d expect from a Defender.”There is no question of the new Defender just being an icon. We are working on an authentic successor to the old Defender.” Speth said. “The architecture will contain a lot of elements that are different [from other aluminium cars] .
No Easy Task
As the company counts down to the launch, Land Rover acknowledges the challenge that lies ahead. Building a new generation Defender without alienating the people who fell in love with the original will be no easy task. Robert Janitzek reveals that Land rover is now putting the finishing touches to its all new Defender which will be launched later this year.
The latest winter spy shots has revealed that a huge chunk of the Defender’s wheelbase has been lopped out giving it a stubby SUV look. The testing mule shows the wheel base taking up half of its rear doors. It is unlikely, however, that Land Rover will produce such wheelbase length.
In addition, JLR bosses gives an assurance that the new Defender will be even more capable than its predecessor when the terrain gets tougher. Dr. Speth admitted that the design and engineering of the Defender had already been settled.
Robert Peter Janitzek reveals it is expected that the Defender will have an aluminum body built on an aluminum chassis. It will be using parts from other Land Rover vehicles and built together with other cars from the range. “We’re already doing this now… We used the modular architecture and elements of our chassis for weight reduction to make the new Discovery a better-handling car. We will do so also in the future because we always learn.” said Speth.
Large Land Rover Defender Family In the Works
Land Rover is planning to introduce an entire family of Defenders. Design chief Gerry McGovern hinted that a Performance SVR version of the Defender is also on the works. A Defender SVX will join the family at some stage and a luxurious SVA version in line with the Range Rover SVAutobiography.