Good news, Defender fans: Word has it Land Rover will bring the rugged SUV to the U.S. market once the next-generation bows. According to TheCarConnection.com, Jaguar Land Rover North America CEO Andy Goss confirmed the next Defender will be a global product, and that it will be specifically engineered to meet U.S. crash safety and emissions standards. The news came during the 2012 Paris Motor Show, where JLR officials also made it clear the brand intends to bolster its Land Rover offerings in the North American market. As of right now, the vast majority of Land Rover Sales in the States can be attributed to the high-end Range Rover line.

That mix may change somewhat as Land Rover refreshes some models and replaces others. Expect to see both the LR4 and the Defender receive serious overhauls in the near future.

Even so, it will be some time before he next-generation Defender bows, and whether or not it looks anything like the DC100 concept above remains to be seen. From what we've heard, the new bruiser won't bow until 2017 at the earliest. In the interim, U.S. buyers will just have to continue to look wistfully across the pond.

UPDATE: Since this report went live, Land Rover has commented to us that its "intention is for the next generation Defender to be engineered in a way that would allow it to come to the U.S.," but that there are still many obstacles to face before that happens and its reintroduction to this market confirmed.


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      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I figured we would get a Defender here with the redesign. The big question though, is will it be a real Defender? Or, will it be some overcomplicated luxury cute-ute that's a Defender in name only? With the concepts they've been showing, I'm guessing it will be the latter.
        chrono00
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        I hope it's the actual Defender, not the mini-SUV shown in that picture.
      Buckets81
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will it have solid axles? It would be nice to see the Wrangler with some sort of competition in the off-road department even if they wouldn't be competing in the price bracket.
      victor.maitlin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please tell me the Defender isn't going to look like this?? I'm with you Globalbritishinc. They ought to just refigure the European version to fit our ridiculous safety laws and import it. It would sell like hotcakes. Does anyone have any info as to whether this is the final design?!?! Please say it aint so...
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure Sergio Marchionne will be watching to see how the Defender does in the US market. Hopefully it will flop so the Wrangler can be safe from a similar bastardization of a once capable vehicle.
      treeinsc
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car in the picture looks more like a car comes from toyota.
      ramairjer
      • 2 Years Ago
      2017? For a luxury softroader like the DC100? Please. FJ and Wrangler owners have no cause for alarm.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fantastic news, just bring a diesel engine over and give this car some decent mileage on road and tons of torque for off roading!
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks more like a cute ute.
      Lance E. Jones
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it's capable off-road I may give it a look. Only so long my 6'6 frame can fold into my BRZ.
      Fran Cats
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lifelong Land Rover guy being ever more persuaded by Jeep...
      Ho Chung
      • 2 Years Ago
      too bad it looks like ****.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lack of success with the Toyota FJ Cruiser should be an omen to Land Rover with this truck. These trucks seem rather similar, yet I am sure the Defender will cost more. With a cheaper, but comparable truck like the FJ Cruiser fizzling out, I am not sure the US market is the best bet for this. A competitive price would be the lynchpin for this vehicle to do well here. As in competitive enough to have people consider this over Xterras and Jeeps. But I don't expect that from LR. It will probably end up in the driveways of wannabe weekend trail warriors whose other car is a Porsche.
        JasonERF
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        I hear what you're saying but the FJ is not as iconic as the Defender. A better comparison would be saying it's the UK's Jeep Wrangler. I would love to own one. Yes, pricing is definitely important so hopefully it'll be priced competitively... hopefully...
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