The wraps are set to come off a thrilling successor to the famous Land Rover Defender at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
First images will be released next week, and sources have told us the model is a futuristic reinvention of the current car, rather than a simple facelift.
A few weeks ago, we reported on the enormous responsibility bearing down on the marque, given that the Defender has been on sale since 1947. Company boss Colin Green told Auto Express: “If we get it wrong,
we are messing up one of the industry’s biggest icons.”
Ditching the model altogether was one of Land Rover’s options, with Green adding that the firm could “abandon that section of the market”. However, it appears that bosses have opted instead to introduce a brand new car, which is expected to sit on an updated version of the heavy-duty platform that underpins the Discovery 3.
The model would feature an enhanced Terrain Response System. This advanced traction control set-up – which adjusts the engine, suspension and gearbox settings to suit different surfaces – would give the car unrivalled off-road ability.
Under the bonnet will be a range of new four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, developed in-house at Land Rover. The firm also has big plans to update the Defender’s interior, introducing the latest satellite navigation and communication systems.