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.


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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why God, why can't we get the Defender here in America? So unfair. All I want is a 110 Double cab.
      john96xlt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Import it with a removable hard top coving the "bed" area, like a Ford Bronco.
      Dean
      • 1 Year Ago
      If only there were a way to modernize this thing, while retaining its legendary off-road ability, and durability. and cool looks...
      jtav2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Defender is probably one of my all time favorite vehicles.
      Major Lee Gassole
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am dying to get one. I'd love to buy one now, but I can't afford the outrageous prices they're asking for a decent one.
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      If LR can build something similar to the Defender 110 High-Capacity Single Cab pickup, then I'm al for it. If no, than you can get a custom-built version form East Coast Rover; just be prepared fro enormous sticker shock.
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      "American consumers will remember the Land Rover Defender as an OVERLY EXPENSIVE utilitarian SUV that was sold in the US for a short time." There, fixed.
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      The days for the Defender, 70 series, and possibly the Wrangler as we know it are numbered. Toyota has announced that it will end the 70 series land Cruiser line in a few years, not to be replaced. If the Defender loses its current layout and becomes something like the Amarok, it will be like a dozen other vehicles. The Wrangler is rumored to lose its solid axles. That leaves just the Mercedes G in green-line or professional trim, and that sucker is EXPENSIVE.
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wilkegm
        If China's BAIC makes good on its threat to sell its B40 (a Wrangler rip-off) overseas, you can bet all those plans will change in a heartbeat. I don't think anybody's willing to yield that much potential market share to the Chinese, especially Jeep and Toyota.
      Lost
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am so tired about all this Land Rover BS about the Defender...we will bring it to the US, we will not bring it, It will come as a 2008 model, nope it will not come...It willl come in 2014 model as a all new safer Defender, look we have a DC 100 concept, it doesnt matter that it looks a lot like a Nissan, yes the new Defender will show up in 2015, no we will not produce it anymore...and now...we have a pickup model for 2017.?!... Common Land Rover make up your mind!!! Wrangler kicks ass in the US market. Rant over!
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      next lr2 rumored to be a more rugged model, this could look more like the defender concept then the next defender actually and I am looking forward to seeing it. The evoque is too chick car like and fashion forward. Hope to see pics of new Lr2 sometime soon
      • 1 Year Ago
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