It’s going to be a while before we see the next-generation Land Rover Defender, though we already know for a fact that production of the outgoing model is drawing to a close. But thanks to the well-connected lads of Automobile, we’ve got some information on the next-gen Defender, which may be released as a 2018 model, in commemoration of Land Rover’s 70thanniversary.
The new Defender is known behind closed doors as the L663, and Automobile claims that the vehicle will diverge from its off-road leanings; this could hint at a more luxurious Land Rover Defender come 2018. Still, you shouldn’t expect the next Defender to be a slouch when it comes to rugged driving, as the publication added that it should be a tough, “go-anywhere luxury liner” with various body style options. These would include two- and four-door editions, the choice of short or long wheelbase, and the choice of convertible, hardtop, or four-door pickup.
Land Rover will reportedly be offering a number of powertrain choices as well, including a new four-cylinder Ingenium engine in gasoline and diesel forms. The top-of-the-line V8 engine will also be replaced, with a 300-horsepower 3-liter V6 taking its place. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a nine-speed automatic. We’ve heard on earlier and separate reports that the new Land Rover Defender will have an aluminum unibody design currently codenamed D7u. Interior amenities and creature comforts should be upgraded in line with Land Rover’s plans to make the Defender classier, while driving feel and comfort is also likely to improve to that end; theAutomobile report was less specific on those particular areas.
So does this all mean that the Land Rover Defender is selling out? We wouldn’t really say so, if the British automaker is as good as its word. Instead, we could see the SUV catering to a wider range of consumers once it rolls out for the 2018 model year.