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There's something deliciously old-school about the Land Rover Defender. The product of continuous development since 1948 and produced in its current form since 1983, the Defender is to SUVs what the Porsche 911 is to sports cars: unapologetically faithful to its original form. But while the iconic Land Rover is still the very embodiment of the go-anywhere vehicle, the company is reportedly preparing to give it a complete overhaul.

Initial reports pertaining to the development of a new vehicle typically come with few details because inside sources remain tight-lipped. In this case, it appears that there are no details to be divulged simply because Land Rover hasn't decided what they'll be yet. At this point, according to British reports, JLR is intensively studying what is needed before it goes ahead with development – which strikes us as a smart course of action when you're dealing with replacing a vehicle as legendary as the Defender.

All we know at this point is that the new Defender is likely to feature a highly adaptable chassis on which will be built a wide variety of body types, from convertibles to wagons to pickups. After Land Rover does finally decide on the way forward, it is expected to unveil a concept sometime in early 2013 before it can begin production in 2015.

[Source: Autocar]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      The Blind Squirrel
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they make it a unibody with a 3rd row... My kid and I will be able to enjoy the ride on his way to school. P.S. - I hope there's a rear DVD system with a hard drive, too. (kidding, kidding, kidding)
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 4 Years Ago
        @The Blind Squirrel
        Not Funny Man!! LOL It's nice to see some automakers willing to build real trucks. Ford and GM, if you're listening, Bronco and Blazer to compete with Wrangler. Do it, live axles and all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope Tata doesn't mess up Jaguar/Land Rover/Range Rover. Jaguar CUV seems dumb to me. Don't confuse what the brand is. Range Rover should be all Off-Road bias (bot the Evoque.) They need to bring back Names like Discovery along with Range Rover and Defender for the hardcore off-road brand. Land Rover should be the On-Road cars of the group. This is where the Evoque should be, along with the Jaguar CUV, etc. Land Rover should be its own brand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I fully agree... almost. Land Rover and Range Rover do not need to be seperate brands. Range Rover is a model OF a Land Rover, and the Evoque should NOT EXSIST. The Range Rovers need to be made more rugged. Whats wrong with a really rugged luxury suv, look at the G class? and Jaguar should only make sexy luxury sport cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring better build quality,reliability. Keep body on frame,aluminium panels,diesel option.
      Michael Dorian
      • 4 Years Ago
      And please bring it over to the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep body on frame,aluminum panels,diesel . Bring better build quality,reliability. I owned a 90.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep it reasonably priced, bring it to the U.S., keep it lightweight. Don't be tempted to tart it up with unnecessary junk in first-world versions. It drives me nuts when buying a 4x4 ends up with me having to pay for stuff like heated seats and all-leather interior when all I really want is a simple truck. It would be nice to have a hardcore off-road option in the United States beyond just the Wrangler. FJ Cruiser was good too, too bad they're not going to keep it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        not sure about your definition of hardcore, but the Xterra is also still available.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please keep everything the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please return the stoutness and dependability LR was once known for. The Defender is iconic. Don't ruin it by building a POS that consistently breaks down in the middle of nowhere (or while driving down your local street).
        Matt McDougall
        • 4 Years Ago
        Used to own one. Just because it's iconic doesn't mean it wasn't a POS that consistently broke down in the middle of nowhere. But that was part of the charm...
      • 4 Years Ago
      You dont fcuk with a classic. 'nuff said. If there's one thing that needed a fix on the defender, is better reliability.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jac Zobel de Ayala
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does it come with donkeys?
      Matt McDougall
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anybody really believe this'll result in anything other than a $70K luxified abomination? This is Land Rover. 20 years ago, they built offroaders that just happened to contain a dash of luxury (leather seats! power windows!). They had a powerful niche there, and then they went and chased all the other lux brands. Now they're a luxury brand that just kind of nods to the offroad side of their heritage. If they do go the proper route, and update the old formula with modern, more reliable equipment and keep the price reasonable, I'll gladly eat crow and buy one in a heartbeat. But I'm betting it'll be the kind of vehicle that will end up including the rollcage bars, but that they won't actually be functional. Sigh...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Matt McDougall
        I disagree. The vehicle you're describing already exists: it's called the Rage Rover. Very good offroad, yet luxified. I think a proper Defender with a few airbags for a reasonable price is something that would find a pretty significant market.
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