New Land Rover Defender Expected to Debut 2018

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The next-generation Land Rover Defender is aiming to debut in 2018 before hitting the market as a 2019 model year.

The British automaker plans to end production of the outgoing model in January and is now braving the task of reinventing an icon for a new generation. The Land Rover Defender hasn’t been sold in the U.S. since 1997 but the next-generation model is expected to arrive in the form of a pair of two-door models and a longer-wheelbase four-door model that can seat up to eight. Aiming to sit at the middle of Land Rover’s lineup between the Range Rover and Discovery families, the new Defender will be a global model with a goal to sell 100,000 units annually.

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Although its design is still in the early stages and design of the SUV is still under wraps, design director Gerry McGovern has said that it will “bear no resemblance to those Defender concepts.” Instead, “people will know it’s a Defender, it’s a modern Defender.”

It has been reported that the next-generation Defender will focus on shedding weight through the use of aluminum while the company will place a bigger focus on its interior for a more premium, luxurious feel.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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