The Defender is an off-road utility vehicle produced by British manufacturer Land Rover. It is the best-know and most-recognizable model of this company. This model was launched in 1983, when it came as a replacement for legendary original Land Rover Series. The concept car of new model was presented in 2011. Company announced that production of current model will be ended by the end of 2015, when new model is expected to come. However, introduction of next-generation is delayed because production model is not ready yet, mainly because of emissions regulations. However, this delay won’t be long. New model will come during next year and will come as 2017 Land Rover Defender.
2017 Land Rover Defender design
Although current model received plenty of modifications during all these years, it is still a model that is more than three decades old. Because of that fact, new model will come with drastic changes in all aspects. The 2017 Land Rover Defender will get new platform. It will be the same PLA aluminum platform that is used for models like Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and it will be used for new Discovery. New platform will provide massive weight savings, which will made big impact on overall performances, especially when it is about fuel economy. Although there is a plenty of doubts about new platform, company claims that 2017 Defender will come with excellent off-road capabilities.
2017 Land Rover Defender engine
According to the latest reports, 2017 Land Rover Defender will come with several engines in offer. It will come with company’s new 2.0 liter Ingenium engines, both in petrol and diesel variant. New diesel engine is expected to be the most attractive option for this off-road vehicle. It will probably have around 150 horsepower and fuel economy rating over 55 mpg. The 2017 Land Rover Defender will be also available in V6 variant. It is a 3.0 liter Supercharged V6, which should have around 300 horses. New model should also get new 8 or 9-speed automatic transmission. Manual gearbox is expected too.
2017 Land Rover Defender release date
Although new model was planned for this year, launch will be delayed for next year, when it should come as 2017 Land Rover Defender. However, don’t be surprised if company delay its launch even more.