A new-generation Land Rover Defender will be making its debut in the next few years, and word is that it will be available again in North America. In the meantime, its 2013 European variant has undergone some changes.
This is good news for Land Rover fans, mainly those who like the Defender's solidity and ruggedness. President and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, Andy Goss, made the announcement on www.thecarconection.com, stating that the new Defender will form part of its global range and be specially engineered to meet North American crash safety and gas emission standards. The car maker's directors also gave out some details at the Paris Motor Show. We learned that it was looking to expand its Land Rover range in North America, as most of its sales there are top-of-the-line Range Rover products. We can therefore expect to see new models, as well as revamped ones. This means that we should expect a new-generation variant of not only the Defender but also the LR4 in the next few years.
The new-generation Defender could resemble the DC100 concept car unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The DC100 had a drivetrain variant of the Evoque, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It came with a Start/Stop system and various other features for ideal road-holding. In the meantime, Land Rover is offering the 2013 with new equipment. New colours for bodywork, optional leather interior, a new Alpine audio system, Bluetooth and a USB socket. Of course, its design is still the same for the time being.
The new-generation Land Rover Defender will not arrive until at least 2015, and it will be a global product. Will it have the DC100's styling? We need to wait and see.
By Brian Oudart - autoExpert.ca