Jaguar Land Rover automaker is working very hard to make the genuine successor of the iconic Defender model. It is going to be the 2018 Land Rover Defender. As well, Company has officially confirmed the launching of the brand new Defender next year.
Although the engineers have put big efforts to retain the familiar and iconic look of the new Defender, still, it will show some interesting changes. According to the automaker, this tough off-roader is supposed to be even more capable. Being one of the most capable off-road vehicles was its major advantage and the reason why it was so loved. So, we can definitively expect that this new model is going to be even more popular among off-road fans and adventurers.
Furthermore, the new aluminum construction will reduce its weight which will finally improve its fuel efficiency and handling too. Perhaps there will be more power under its hood, and some new modern technology inside the cabin.
Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-class will be the main rivals of the new outgoing Land Rover Defender.
Engine and performance
It seems like everybody is trying to find out what types of engine will power the all new 2018 Land Rover Defender. Moreover, we have heard all kind of speculations and rumors. Some claim that it will only get diesel unit, some claim both diesel and petrol units. So if they are true, the new Defender will receive several types of engines. The one option could be a 5.0-liter V-8 supercharged petrol engine. This unit will be the most powerful and able to deliver even 500 horses. The next option could be a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. It will be capable of producing around 250 horsepower.
As well, there is a possibility of the 3.0-liter V-6 gas engine with the output of 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. The new 2.0-liter inline-4, which will power the next Jaguar XE, both diesel and gas version should be offered too.
The engine will be most likely paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive configuration is going to be standard.
Exterior and interior design of 2018 Land Rover Defender
First of all, the 2018 Land Rover Defender will show some improvements under the skin. It will ride on the aluminum platform already used in the latest Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The usage of the lightweight materials will make it lighter. Therefore, Defender is expected to show significant fuel economy. As for the exterior, it should keep its traditional boxy appearance. It will adopt the single frame grille form its forerunner too. However, the whole body will now feature softer edges now. Moreover, all the lights should receive new LED technology.
As for the interior, 2018 Land Rover Defender will be revised and improved too. The cabin will be very comfortable, attractive and spacious. The seats will most likely be upholstered in quality leather. Furthermore, various safety and infotainment features will be available as well. All in all, the inside of the new Defender won`t be much different from the newest company`s models; so we expect only the best.
Release date and price
2018 Land Rover Defender should hit the showrooms in the end of 2017 or in early 2018. The starting price of the 2018 Defender will be roughly $55,000.