That stalwart icon of Land Rover all-terrain capability, the Defender, will be with us at least until 2010. What Car? reports that the legendary 4x4 is slated to receive major updates starting next spring that could carry the boxy off-roader well into the next decade.

Although Land Rover is working to extend the Defender's lifespan as far as possible, it seems likely that it will eventually be replaced by a more pavement-friendly model.

Elsewhere in the Land Rover product line, the new version of its entry-level Freelander will debut at the British Motor Show this summer, and What Car? says an even smaller SUV is rumored, based on Ford's upcoming Focus 4x4.

[Source: What Car?, Land Rover]