Next Generation Land Rover Defender Heading to US

When the next-generation Land Rover Defender makes its eventual debut, Americans can get excited that the rugged SUV will make its way to the US.

Back at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the Land Rover DC100 Concepts hinted at the Defender’s return, a model that hasn’t graced American shores since 1997. But at the recent Paris Motor Show, Jaguar Land Rover North America CEO Andy Goss confirmed that the British automaker is focusing on the North American market and that the next-generation Defender will be a global product.

That means the new Defender will be engineered to pass America’s stringent crash safety and emissions standards, and will be part of Land Rover’s onslaught of new products. According to Land Rover’s design director Gerry McGovern, the brand knows what they’re “going to be doing over the next five, six, seven years.”

That might give some insight as to when we can expect the Defender. Originally speculated to make a debut in 2015, it could come as late as 2017. For now, we’ll have to live with the DC100 concepts as to give us some insight as to the direction Land Rover hopes to take its vehicles in the future.

Undoubtedly Land Rover is working hard on making the Defender a global presence yet again. The SUV is set to make an appearance in the next James Bond film, Skyfall.

GALLERY: Land Rover DC100 Concept


[Source: The Car Connection]