Even though it was previously reported that the next-generation of the Defender will arrive for the 2016 model year, the latest reports suggest that it will make its debut as a 2018 model year. Maybe it is coincidence, maybe it is not, but this famous SUV will make it just in time to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the original Defender. Its well-known boxy and utilitarian design has just slightly changed since its first introduction back in 1948. The new 2018 Land Rover Defender will have to be totally rebuilt due to strict safety and emissions regulations.
This model will come with so many improvements. It will be made by lightweight materials and it will be offered with several drivetrains and body styles. Another good news is that this British carmaker will finally make a come back with its model to the U.S. market.
Exterior and interior design
The 2018 Land Rover Defender, currently codenamed the L663, will be made by a lightweight unibody instead of the old ladder frame. The new chassis will also be made out of aluminum and thanks to that, its curb weight will be decreased significantly. The 2018 Land Rover Defender will be based on a whole new architecture (called D7u), but it is expected to continue to use the live axle. These changes will surely improve this new Defender, providing better ride and handling and also making it much more comfortable comparing to its predecessor.
It will also be equipped with the latest safety features and it will have improved ergonomics and infotainment options. The new 2018 Land Rover Defender will keep its ruggedness and good off-roading capabilities, but it will also come with a more modern design and cutting-edge technology. It seems that the company is trying to offer a vehicle which will attract more future buyers.
The new Defender is coming available in five body styles. This vehicle will be offered as a two-door and four-door models, along with short or long wheelbase lengths. These models will come in hardtop and convertible form, while it will even be available as a four-door pickup.
2018 Land Rover Defender Engine
The 2018 Land Rover Defender will be available with five drivetrains. The Land Rover Jaguar’s new Ingenium four-cylinder lineup includes two 2.0 L gasoline engine which can produce 180 hp and 240 hp, as well as two 2.0 L diesels with 150 hp and 180 hp. As for the range-topping models, they will be powered with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with capacity to produce 300 hp, replacing the current V-8. The model will be also available with a six-speed manual and a nine-speed automatic, both will come with a low-range transfer case and two locking differentials.
Not even one of the current Defender models can return fuel economy of 30 mpg. In theory, the 2018 Land Rover Defender could double that.
The new Defender will use all four wheels format. Since the model is made with lighter materials and advanced construction, the benefit is also seen at the lighter and stiffer chassis. Thanks to that, this model will offer enhanced driveability. The model will also have the benefit from the special Terrain Response system specially adapted to this model.
Close to production ready version of the new 2018 Land Rover Defender should be seen sometime in 2016, while the car is going on the sale in 2018. Price wise, this model should come with base price of around £30.000.
The company expects to produce around 30.000 units per year and this optimistic number is coming from the fact that the 2018 Land Rover Defender will be sold in the U.S. for the first time since 1997.