The recipe that made the Land Rover Series and Defender great is rather simple. Boxy shape, utilitarian credentials, sturdy box-section ladder chassis, and a dependable 4×4 system in case of serious off-road action. But as times change, the automotive industries changes along with our preferences in cars.
Alas, the Defender has to change too. It’s for the better, though, at least according to Jaguar Land Rover head honcho Dr. Ralf Speth. The former BMW and Ford executive told the peeps at Autocar that he has driven prototypes 2019 Land Rover Defender. Spy photographers, you know what to do. Speth said that the design for the next-generation Defender has been approved by the higher-ups. In addition to that, Speth is adamant that it looks “fantastic.”
The cited story also contains a couple of quotes from the big guy at Jaguar Land Rover. One of them suggests that the all-new Landie is “an authentic successor” to the models that precede it. What’s more, the platform on which the 2019 Land Rover Defender will ride on will contain aluminum, but it will also be different from other aluminum-based architectures used by JLR.
Last, but certainly not least, Dr. Ralf Speth mumbled something that goes like this: “All our vehicles have to make money.” For what it’s worth, that’s the course of nature in the automotive industry, not greed. After all, this is not a project as demanding as the Volkswagen Group’s Bugatti Veyron. Some say that the Defender will be slotted above the Discovery and below the Range Rover lineup. Hence, it’s very likely that pricing will be more peppered.