The prototype of the ALL-NEW Defender has been seen undergoing off-road testing in North America as part of its demanding test cycle. The new Land Rover Defender will be revealed within the next 12 months, and most likely towards the end of 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
What we know about the new Defender
At this stage, the design and engineering work behind the new Defender is all but settled but The new Land Rover Defender will have an aluminium body built on an aluminium chassis and will utilise parts from other Land Rover vehicles, whilst being built alongside other cars from the range.
It’s not yet clear where the new Land Rover Defender will be built, but JLR UK managing director Rawdon Glover did say the prototype vehicles were being assembled at the company’s aging Brown’s Lane facility.
“We were still using Brown’s Lane to build our prototypes, which not many people knew. But now we have a new facility,” said Glover. “The verification build phase will come off a pilot production line, but the next phase goes into the manufacturing plant.” Further details on the new Defender’s assembly process are yet to be announced.
A new Land Rover Defender family planned
The new Land Rover Defender will form an entire family, in much the same way that the Discovery range has branched into the Sports sub-brand. The plan is to offer different models focusing on user groups with a plan to launch with an array of accessories such as roof-top tents and other outdoors-focused options. There has also been a hint of a performance SVR version! This would be developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s newly formed Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division and would allow the brand to tap into demand in Russia and China for powerful and luxurious rugged off-roaders.