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Land Rover seems to be having some trouble figuring out how to go about putting its plan for the successor to the Defender throne into motion. According to Autocar, the company knows what attributes the vehicle should have, but doesn't know how to go about engineering the platform using existing components from the company's parts bin. Word from the web had previously said that Land Rover had planned to use the company's T5 steel platform for Project Icon (the internal name for the next Defender), though according to the report, the company now thinks that the chassis would be too heavy to be a viable option.

So what will the next-generation Defender look like? If anyone at Land Rover knows for sure, they certainly aren't telling the scribes at Autocar. According to the article, all we know for sure is that the vehicle will still wear the Defender name. Otherwise, there's just a few shady hints that the company's fancy Electric Rear Drive Axle Drive technology may show up both on civilian and military models.

Speaking of the Defender's military service, the Autocar report says that Land Rover is interested in winding down that area of its business, reducing the number of Defender body variations at the same time. With Tata having given the okay (and the funds) to proceed with the 2014 project, here's hoping Land Rover works its way through this mess in a hurry.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Just please for the love of God Land Rover, don't mess up the new one. Please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully they'll have the foresight to make it viable for the U.S. market. I know quite a few off-road enthusiasts that would love to buy a new one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The primary reason the Defender was pulled from N. America was safety. Federal requirements necessitated front airbags and side impact beams. Neither of which could be placed in the Defender without major modifications.

        I would most certainly expect the next Defender to return to the N. American market. I would hope that they keep it as the rugged go-anywhere model and not tarnish the badge by releasing it as some sort of CUV. Jeep's Wrangler needs competition, even if it is up market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Build it on the LR3 platform - I'll be first in line come 2014.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Present and accounted for.

        I seriously doubt there is any possible way this would make it back to the States. With CAFE they're probably more focuesd on bringing over that cute ute they've been working on. Hopefully someone can prove me wrong though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I only hope it won't be a soft roader or crossover type.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now this is a SUV I really want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Land Rover doesn't know where to start? They don't know how to make a new model? Does this mean that the real engineers at Land Rover were actually from Ford?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No. What it means is knowing how to basically following in the enormous footsteps left by the previous model which essentially would have ran for 66 years by 2014. LR engineers have developed every single LR model to date.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tata Motors has a relationship with the Fiat Group and owns Daewoo Commerical, as well as being successful in making many niche cars (Tata Nano, Tata Ace, Tata Xenon, etc...)

        The problem is they are looking for a base to start/share with to keep things "reasonable" and the old LR3/LR4/Defender platform isn't it. This is exactly where Paul is getting at. Last thing you want is a Mercedes G-class competitor vs a Jeep Wrangler competitor. Uncompromising full off roader!

        Tata already has a relationship with Chrysler (they imported an electric version of the Tata Ace under the Global Electric Motors Division) and start with a Jeep Wrangler. Chrysler is already in JV with the Wrangler by folks who in Israel and Egypt, so I see no reason in taking and improving from there.

        Afterall 3 Locking Differentials, 5.0l V8 and a 3.2l V8 and a 3.0l V6 diesel... That combined with a potentiall stretched Wrangler Platform and British interior, and you have a successful potential Defender. Some might say its BS not to start with a new frame, but thats business.
      • 4 Years Ago
      May I please have the 4 door? Someone, anyone?

      You Land Rover, please?
      You rich person reading this blog, please?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This vehicle will show if Tata is willing to spend the money needed to continue JLR's product surge. I still think Ford sold at the right time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford didn't really have a choice; Jaguar was an ailing company and Ford needed the money. Resources were definitely better spent rehabilitating Ford's core products than throwing money after Jaguar. It was a wise move either way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too much crap like the Sport and Evoque, not enough Vogue, Disco and Defender.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope this one is U.S. bound.
      Meh I know it wont be.
      ='(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's an idea - leave well enough alone. Update the mechanical bits so you can sell it in America and voila! You have Defender 2 that can serve for another 66 years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are those Recaros in a LR ?
      WTF ?
      Ever since the Tata takeover these cars have been blinged up and are getting closer to knocking the Escalade off the top of the crass list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They would have to bungle it up pretty bad for me not to want one. That's one car I truly wish was still sold in the US.
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