The all-new Defender coming out in 2018 is actually already out and about as the British automaker has allegedly confirmed it has kicked off prototype testing in the real world.
According to Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth the Defender mule is already in development and it apparently looks great. At least we get confirmation that land Rover has decided on a design and it looks “fantastic”. The design and engineering is thus entering the stage of development testing on road, so there should be no setbacks to the proposed 2018 release date. The defender will also use the aluminum architecture of the new Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and could even share the same factory in Solihull.
Speth also confirmed the Defender will be unrelated to the Discovery Sport and Evoque models, and will come as “fairly different” from other models in terms of components as the vehicle has to live up to its tough reputation. Land Rover has been mulling over the Defender for a long time – the business case is not great for a relatively low-volume model – but in the end their desire to hold a nameplate with world-class off-roading abilities and general reliability has apparently prevailed.