The iconic Area Rover Defender went out from the production in the first month of 2016 but according to the latest reports, the successor of this go-anywhere vehicle entered in the late stage of development as prototype models have already been testing. Unfortuitously, Area Rover is testing the new-gen Defender at key places and no body has spotted Defender mules. However, JLR’s CEO Ralf Speth said that he has driven the testing version of this model and he also hinted some details about the new Defender which in the best circumstance would come as the 2018 Land Rover Defender.
WHAT WILL WE GET?
In accordance with information we have, British’s brand claims that new-gen Defender will be much more ready than its precursor but is going to be based on the new modern architecture and can get the latest technology and powertrains. JLR has in approach to provide the base version of this model but the brand also needs to introduce more versions of this model. The Defender should also get the performance SVR edition but hardcore SVX could also join the lineup. What’s more, the luxurious SVA edition also needs to see the light of the day.
2018 LAND ROVER DEFENDER: DESIGN, PLATFORM
In regards to the design and platform of the 2018 Area Rover Defender, the confirmation currently originated in Mr. Ralf Speth that this model will be based on the platform of the newest Finding, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. Which means that the new Defender will ride on the aluminum framework and can have an aluminum body. The modern architecture can provide the significant weight loss. However, numerous parts can be used in order to provide the extreme durability and strength which are essential for Area Rover’s most ready off-roader.
On the other hand, the family of Defender models can ride on the two wheelbases. Like the Range Rover, the Defender will be around in the standard and long-wheelbase configurations. However, the Defenders will feature shorter overhangs and can have lifted surface clearance. This off-roader will even present outstanding approach, departure and break-over perspectives, higher than on different brand’s models.
The styling of the model can share some design cues with the version it replaces. However, the information about its appearance are still the secret. The model must have boxy form and can contain some form of brand’s trademark things but Area Rover claims that new Defender will be authentic.
The interior of the model is also the secret. But we don’t expect it to be the large departure from the JLR’s latest models. The Defender will certainly get the latest features like the new Finding and will even make the significant advance in the safety aspect.
2018 LAND ROVER DEFENDER: POWERTRAIN
In the engine department, the new 2018 Land Rover Defender will likely get JLR’s four-cylinder engine from the Ingenium family. The last version of the Defender had only the diesel engine option. But the new era of the model will probably be accessible with both diesel and fuel versions. The model also needs to offer a larger and better displacements and we also expect manual and computerized transmissions.
On the other hand, the new Defender will also get the capable four-wheel push system. The model can offer split reduced and large gear transfer case. Models will also feature full-independent suspension setup like the Range Rover and Finding models.
2018 LAND ROVER DEFENDER: ARRIVAL, PRICE
Like with the other factors of the new 2018 Land Rover Defender, nothing accurate hasn’t been said about model’s release date and price. The model must, nevertheless, arrive in 2018 or even yet in early 2019 as the 2019 model. The first estimations about the price indicating the base value of around $46, 000.