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Land Rover Defender Will Be Around A Few Extra Years

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On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


Land Rover Defender Will Be Around A Few Extra Years

The Land Rover Defender, Land Rover's most rugged, hardcore off-roader, is due to be replaced by a new model. The model was previewed by the DC100 and DC100 Sport models last month in Frankfurt. These models were a true exercise in the purity of "meh". They basically took the most distinct Land Rover, an icon rivaled only by the Jeep Wrangler when it comes to of hard-nosed off-roading, and turned it into every other SUV in an effort to give it more mass market appeal.

Needless to say, I'm not looking forward to the day when Land Rover replaces the Defender with anything even remotely resembling the DC100. Luckily for those that agree, the full replacement will now take a couple extra years.

The DC100/Defender replacement will still launch in 2015 as originally stated, but according to an Autocar report, a few Defender models will live on until 2017. It appears that upon re-reading British emissions and safety regulations, Land Rover realized that it will not have to eliminate the model as early as it thought.

A source told Autocar, "There are a number of changes to the legislation that mean we can keep the current Defender in production longer than we thought."

Models that are expected to continue include the long-wheelbase Defender 110 and the commercial 130.

Though an extra two years of a few Defender models might seem inconsequential, it could help balance the Land Rover line. The DC100 really seems way too watered down to properly replace the Defender, so at least a few actual off-roaders will still be in the line-up for a couple years.

Of course, that won't really have any impact in the United States where the Defender has been absent since the 1990s. Land Rover hasn't indicated whether or not it plans to bring the DC100 to the States. If it does, maybe it can package a couple Defender 110s in the deal.




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