There seem to be plenty of reports swirling in regards to Land Rover lately. According to Autocar, not only is the British automaker going back to the drawing board for the design of its next-generation Defender, but the outlet is also saying that the Freelander name could be dropped.

While the article doesn't say why, its source indicates that current plans for the next Defender have been scrapped, yet there is a still a replacement in the works. The existing Defender will end production in 2015, but this replacement vehicle will not be ready by then. We imagine that the styling of the replacement won't echo that of the DC100 Concept shown above, and that the news would affect the planned Defender-based Tata SUV as well as the proposed Land Rover factory in India.

As for the Freelander, it sounds like the next generation of this SUV will be out by next year, but it will not be wearing the Freelander name. Instead, Land Rover will include it as a smaller version of the Discovery. Here in the States, these two vehicles are named LR2 (Freelander) and LR4 (Discovery).

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      • 2 Years Ago
      The defender should follow G-class and Wranglers' path by adding little refinement while maintaining its roots rather than a complete re-do.
        • 2 Years Ago
        They have to do a complete redo because the current car will not meet Euro emissions standards in 2015. And I don't think they should be adding much refinement in terms of luxury. This cars market is as a stupid crazy capable off roader in safaris, little British islands off the coast of South America and various other places you wouldn't really want or need luxury in
          • 2 Years Ago
          Emission standards could be met by dropping in new engines. The pedestrian safety and crashworthiness standards seem to be the issue.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the Nissan X-Terra. They need to do better than that.
      dave and mary
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they dropped the Freelander name? Huh! Couldn\'t have anything at all to do with the fact that this was the biggest piece of junk ever made? Naw.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank god they killed that DC100. Looks like a cross between the top of a last get Discovery and the front of a last gen X-terra.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They don\'t need any more poser SUVs like the LR and Evoque. Make the Defender a real . . . Defender.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, poseur pseudo-rugged crossovers sell in vast number to pseudo-rugged suburbanites.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Land Rover should just buy the GMs blueprints of Hummer HX concept. That's how you design a serious off-roader, not a plastic hot-wheels look alike DC100 concept. Its a good thing that Land Rover realized this.
      • 2 Years Ago
      A whopping ZERO on my give-a-**** meter...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like trouble in the House of Rover.
      Julio B
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is all BS. This is similar to teasing new products or the manufacturer endorsed "spy short". In a few months another rumor saying the the CEO said its back on track again then off again just to get some attention.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope what ever they replace it with it can take a lot of abuse and be fixed with a hammer. I\'m really sick of the whole trend twords \"softroaders.\"
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome. That leaves only the Slavelander for the small CUV.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This could be good news, The dc100 looked too soft and the ground clearance non existent. I would like to see something with some more angles. Hopefully it will be a diesel and brought to the US.
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