The 2019 Land Rover Defender has been spotted once again. Though, in contrast to the earlier shots which have been shot on a sunny day, this time the off-road SUV went on skiing. Snowy conditions are ideal to check out vehicle’s abilities, yet we are not so sure will the production model feature the multi-link rear suspension setup and the wide trailing arms of the front axle as the testing mule currently uses. Probably not, but who knows what’s really cooking?
What we know for sure is that the 2019 Defender will definitely share the platform with the Discovery. Oaky, the architecture will be slightly modified, but that’s not as important as it is aluminum-intensive parts, which will make the off-road SUV significantly lighter from all predecessors. Still, while the lightweight bodywork definitely deserves praise, the future exterior styling of the vehicle is definitely for deeper discussion.
The production-ready model will not have a lot in common with the testing mule. However, it’s quite clear that the future Defender isn’t going to be as rugger as earlier. No, the British car manufacturer will make it softer and modern. Someone may not see the harm in that, but we, on the other hand, are not too thrilled. It’s quite simple: Both the Wrangler and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class stubbornly stick to the boxy design and they are successful, so why the 2019 Land Rover Defender needs to look like cute and smooth?
The retro design isn’t going to be everything the next-generation Defender is going to lose. According to our insiders, the future vehicle isn’t going to be as hard-core off-roader as we used to. No, the carmaker plans to soften it for on road conditions as well, so will feature the latest tech as the rest of Land Rover lineup has. Luckily, the producer won’t neglect SUV’s main purpose. With live rear axle and low-range transfer case with two differential locks which will reportedly be standard parts of the 2019 Land Rover Defender, you don’t have to worry about off-road abilities, because they will be almost perfect without any doubt.
Land Rover is still hiding Defender’s future engine options. Still, we don’t have to be too smart to figure out what’s going to power the SUV. The manufacturer will probably offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, as well as some oil-burner units. A plug-in hybrid is a strong possibility, too, while the latest rumors suggest that there might be the Defended EV in the works as well. The all-electric vehicle will happen, yet it’s not going to be introduced right away for sure.
The new-gen Defender will be introduced in the second half of this year, so it should become available in dealerships before the end of 2018. The vehicle will be sold worldwide of course.