With Land Rover’s iconic Defender having driven into the sunset last year, interest is mounting in the new-generation version that Land Rover has been promising us for ages now.
Now Automotive News is reporting that its replacement is likely to debut in 2019, and it’ll be a true global model, sold in all markets.
Land Rover showed a concept version of a potential successor as far back as 2011. Dubbed the DC100 (and pictured above), the concept presented an arguably uneasy mix of soft modern lines and traditional Defender styling cues, and it hardly received universal praise.
Land Rover has almost certainly gone back to the drawing board since then, and the company’s design boss Gerry McGovern has reportedly said that the finished product will not look retro, yet it will still be “instantly recognisable” as a Defender.
Yet the most controversial aspect could be the actual underpinnings.