The Land Rover car maker has confirmed a redesign of its iconic crossover SUV. It is the eagerly expected 2019 Land Rover Defender. The Company has been announcing the redesign of this model for years, and now it will arrive as the 2019 model year. It is expected to be sold globally, in all the markets this time.
The first novelty that we can expect is the new platform. According to the latest rumors, the new Defender will ride on the Range Rover unibody architecture. This should affect its weight and improve fuel economy too. What we can also expect is that the new Defender will most likely be powered with the units from the Ingenium line used by Jaguar Land Rover. Furthermore, the Land Rover and Jaguar car makers have confirmed their plan to expand their lineup with more electrified and hybridized vehicles. So, it is very likely that it will also receive a strong plug-in hybrid under its hood. Visually, the upcoming Land Rover will keep it recognizable look but of course it will be slightly refreshed. As well, is will be offered with several body styles too.
2019 Land Rover Defender types of engines and performances
The new 2019 Land Rover Defender will be powered with several types of engines. Those will most likely be the same powertrains from Ingenium line which include gas and diesel engines. So, the one option should be 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine which will be able to make around 247 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The next will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel unit. This one will have the output of around 180 horses and 318 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, the upcoming six-cylinder unit could easily be found in the new Defender too.
On the other hand, the newest Defender should also be powered with a plug-in hybrid engine. It will be a combination of a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder unit and an electric motor of 85 kWh. All together, they will be able to produce 398 horses and 472 pound-feet of torque. There will also be a lithium-ion battery of 13.1 kWh which will provide an all-electric range of around 31 miles.
Platform and design
The latest 2019 Land Rover Defender will ride on the Range Rover’s unibody platform. This new architecture will significantly reduce its weight which will lead to much improved fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the new Defender will be available in several body types including two and four-door models and so as a two-door soft top. When it comes to exterior, the future Land Rover will keep its well-known boxy appearance. However, in order to look more modern and fresh, we can expect some minor refreshments on both front and rear fascias. As for the interior, unfortunately, there aren’t any specific details or information so far.
Release date and price of 2019 Land Rover Defender
The all new 2019 Land Rover Defender should arrive sometime during next year. As for the price, there is no official data as well and we will know more after its arrival.