Autocar reports that the Land Rover Defender will be around a good bit longer than we thought. The vehicle may stay on dealer lots until at least 2017 thanks in part to a new 2.2-liter diesel engine that can meet more stringent EU6 emissions standards. Originally, a successor to the long-running Defender was expected to show up as soon as 2015. Land Rover also says that there may be a loophole in the emissions legislation that could keep the standard from applying to the globe-crushing SUV until a much later date.

But emissions legislation wasn't the only thing pushing the Defender out the door. With its abrupt, vertical grille, the vehicle couldn't help but fail new pedestrian collision tests. Even so, Land Rover may have found another exemption that may save the Defender from the ire of lawmakers until 2020 on that front. Given the small number of Defender vehicles running around, we can't help but think that's all good news.


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      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news for Jeep Wrangler Next Generation
      mmm
      • 3 Years Ago
      YAH ! This is the core of Land Rover, not the flashy DC100 or ever expensive range Rovers.
      brnscofrnld
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it stateside with the Diesel engine and I'll buy one when they hit the coastline...
      Jason Parry
      • 3 Years Ago
      want.
      Where's the cheese?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like this car, it's raw, unrefined, and could care less about performance numbers. You could literally storm Normandy again in this thing.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      " With its abrupt, vertical grille, the vehicle couldn't help but fail new pedestrian collision tests." Seriously? Should we start strapping pillows to the front end in cars. Maybe mandate the idiot pedestrians who jaywalk be required to wear padding. Governments are so damn ridiculous.
        RobbieP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        And what about any truck you care to think of, they have abrupt vertical everything ... padding for pedestrians, good idea! Stupid EU regs!
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I have an idea. At every crosswalk, there should be a dispensable roll of bubble wrap. It would be required that before the pedestrian enter the crosswalk, they have to wrap themselves with several layers of the stuff just in case.
        BShoppy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Agreed. But major kudos to Land Rover for finding the loopholes that will allow them to continue producing this "proper" off-roader for another 5+ years.
      Andy Drake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Such a brute. Love it! As far as the pedestrian safety thing, don't step out in front off one. Problem solved :P
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, still good looking. Wish they sold those state side.
      SneakyPete
      • 3 Years Ago
      Typical Euro/Global safety police paranoia that killed off most of the 'dangerous' low-volume and individual manufacturers over the years. Vertical grilles not pedestrian friendly? Walk in front of a bus or truck and see how much you don't bounce off. Don't see much legislation against those 'lethal weapons'. Roads are for cars and bikes - keep out of the way people - be responsible for your OWN safety, or a nanny state will sterilise us all.
        Chris Olden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SneakyPete
        You don't even know how ironic that statement is coming from the US.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Tstag
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually I think Land Rover is planning to introduce the new Defender alongside the current model. So best of both worlds. Land Rover did the same trick with the RR Mk2. Although sales dropped so hard for the MK1 they scrapped it fairly soon after that.
      Tstag
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh and I guess that mean the current Defender will be renamed the Defender "classic"
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