The Defender was an all-out off-road machine in production for the most part of the last three decades. However, Land Rover decided to discontinue the model because it was no longer compliant with the latest safety standards. It now looks like they are going to release a successor for one of their best-known cars ever made. They will likely release it with the future 2019 Land Rover Defender. So far there are quite a few rumors about this new vehicle. For starters, it looks like it will not be a body-on-frame SUV like its predecessor. Instead, the new version of the car will use Range Rover’s all-aluminum unibody structure. This will provide considerably better torsional rigidity while also being considerably lighter.
2019 Land Rover Defender News
Even though the new Defender will more than likely use the unibody platform, this doesn’t mean the car won’t be able to go in off-road. In fact, the Range Rover is one of the best luxury SUVs in off-road. Thanks to that, it is safe to assume the new Defender won’t be all that different.
The car will likely be even more capable. Land Rover will likely achieve this with the help of better tires, a fancier all-wheel-drive system and possibly a higher ground clearance. The details about the car’s size are still unknown.
It looks like the new Defender will be available in a sub-100 inches long wheelbase. This should allow the car to go pretty far in off-road while also retaining great interior space. A longer wheelbase model, likely similar to that of the Range Rover, is a real possibility as well.
One of the biggest problems with the older model was its really basic interior. Considering the price of the upcoming version, it is safe to assume this will not be the case. Instead, the future 2019 Land Rover Defender will likely be quite similar to Range Rover’s other vehicles.
We can expect premium materials, a really luxurious cabin and at least 5 seats in the shorter model. The longer version of the car might receive up to 8 seats in order to better compete with its main rivals.
Some suggested that Land Rover could take the Velar as inspiration. If this is the case then we can expect quite a few touch-based controls which wouldn’t really be ideal in an off-road application.
Most rumors seem to think the future 2019 Land Rover Defender will look a lot like the DC100 concept. At this point this seems quite true even though the manufacturer decided to stay quiet about their future vehicle.
|2016 Land Rover Defender||Exterior Dimensions|
|Ground Clearance||9.8 in|
|Front Track||58.5 in|
We can expect a more rugged and boxy design than that of the Range Rover. On top of that, the car might feature flared wheel arches, bigger off-road tires as well as more impact plastic in order to better protect its bodywork.
Engine and Specs
The base version of the future Defender might get the same 3.0 liter supercharged V6 as their other products. This is known to make between 340 and 380 horsepower and as much as 332 lb-ft of torque.
The engine would easily be able to supply enough power for the Defender to go pretty much anywhere. A more powerful 5.0 liter supercharged V8 is also a real possibility. Offering north of 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque this should allow the car to compete with Mercedes’ AMG G-Class. A diesel, likely a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, with north of 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque is possible as well.
All of these should use an 8 speed automatic and all of them will come as standard with all wheel drive. This will likely feature an electronic control switch that will allow the driver to select the best possible settings on the fly.
2019 Land Rover Defender Release and Price
At this point it looks like they will reveal the 2019 Land Rover Defender in the late 2018. The actual production model on the other hand should hit the showrooms in 2019 or early 2020. Its predecessor was priced at anything between around $40,000 and north of $70,000.
It looks like this new model will cost somewhere closer to $100,000. This would allow Land Rover to directly compete with the G-Class. In order to do this they will also have to offer a considerably more luxurious interior.