The iconic Defender has been retired off the production line this year after decades of uninterrupted production and it appears we’re in for a heavy wait for the successor.
That’s because the latest report is putting Land Rover ready to deliver the new generation of the model sometimes in 2019 – so fans of the model that was manufactured for 68 years need to be in for the long haul if they want a piece of the new model. It appears the creation of a true replacement for the timeless model is a high priority at the British automaker, but they still have to deliver the business case for a model that now sells in low volumes and also would have to come up with an affordable price tag (for a Land Rover, that is). In order to save research and development cash (time apparently is not an issue) the successor would share many of its components with an existing nameplate – the Defender is not expected to sell more than 50,000 units per year when production resumes.
And sharing components gives us a pretty good idea of the internals: aluminum monocoque structure, longitudinal engines, all-independent suspension, all-wheel drive setup with low-range gearbox and a transfer case might all be in the menu. The rumors flying around the mill in the UK are also calling for classic Defender dimensions and a roster of different body types and at least two wheelbases. A prototype that would detail the upcoming Defender is also not expected until 2018, with the production model coming up the next year.