New Land Rover Defender Concept Could Be Introduced Next Year

The Land Rover Defender is one of the most highly-anticipated vehicles in the company’s history but we haven’t heard much about the model since the automaker introduced the DC100 concepts back in 2011.

That changes today as Automotive News is reporting the Defender is continuing its slow march to production with an unveiling scheduled for 2019. That’s still a ways off but the report suggests the company could unveil a new concept sometime next year.

Little is known about the Defender but officials have previously said it will be instantly recognizable and available in a variety of different configurations. Choices are expected to include everything from a two-door soft top to a traditional four-door model.

The vehicle is slated to ride on a unibody platform and speculation suggests it could be built at the company’s plant in Slovakia. The vehicle is expected to use a variety of aluminum components and will likely be powered by an assortment of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Besides talking about the Defender, the report suggests an updated Discovery Sport will be introduced in 2020 alongside a redesigned Range Rover Evoque.

A year later, the next-generation Range Rover is expected to debut as a larger and more luxurious off-roader with improved performance and capability. The model could also come equipped with a new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder Ingenium engine as well as a hybrid powertrain.

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  • Maricaibo

    Eh Just a re-badged Mini 😉

  • Axel Cortez

    2020 for the evoque that is way too long

    • Zandit75

      Why? There’s nothing wrong with the design, it’s held up really well. Some minor facelift changes can be introduced within that time to keep it fresh, plus new tech here and there, but it doesn’t really need it.

      • Axel Cortez

        well it already had a facelift, it had a tech change (ICE and awd system) and it was released 2010-2011 so in 2020 would be a 10 year model I think models last 7 years

        • Zandit75

          Depends on the company. How long have we had the current Mitsubishi Pajero? Probably not the best example, but there is precedent. Landrover Defender is another.

          • Axel Cortez

            I know there is prescedent, but you have to read the market and competition the Evoque was the first in a segment now you have the E Pace, The Macan, Q3, Q2, X3, X1 and maybe Im missing another… So you don’t want your trend setter to be a 10 year old model

          • Zandit75

            Just seen some spy shots of the upcoming Evoque on another website. They are reporting it will land next year adopting some of the Velar’s design. The spy shots are showing a more revolutionary design. Still being built on the older D8 platform according to the article.

  • Chris C

    I don’t know why somebody hasn’t thought of importing the RHD Force Gurkha range from India even if the engine might need updating for Euro 6, etc….