American consumers will remember the Land Rover Defender as a utilitarian SUV that was sold in the US for a short time. What many may not realize, though, is that in its home market the Defender is arguably one of the most versatile vehicles around, available in a number of different body styles ranging from a three-door hardtop to a chassis cab. Naturally, there's a pickup variant.
As Land Rover continues to wrestle about what to do with the next Defender, it throws into question the future of Land Rover's hauler. Now, a report from What Car? is claiming that we'll see a new Defender-based pickup in 2017, and that it will rival Volkswagen's Amarok.
What Car? spoke with Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design boss, who indicated that a pickup will join the Defender's replacement, but only after more conventional five- and seven-passenger SUVs are launched. Unlike the current Defender pickup, this new model would follow more of a luxury theme as well, although just how luxurious Land Rover could go without alienating the rough-and-tumble bunch that value the Defender's spartan nature remains unclear.
Even if a new Defender Pickup is launched, much like the Amarok, we shouldn't count on it making a trek across the pond (although there's still hope for the standard model), according to Motor Trend. Blame America's Chicken Tax for that.