Defender redesign: how far will it go?
NOT easy: designing the next Land Rover Defender. The designers are at work on the successor to the descendant of the 1948 original.
I can’t tell you any more than that, but they are tackling the most onerous redesign job in British car-making. A staid, traditional design will please the Land Rover lover but annoy the chap wanting a new beginning. Evolve it too far, though, and risk losing the bedrock buyer.
Meanwhile, the present Defender, made more comfortable and refined in 2007, is benefiting from some end of life changes. There is a new, cleaner 2.2 litre diesel engine and two option packs. The diesel matches the power output and economy and CO2 ratings of the outgoing 2.4 motor, while complying with EU5 emission limits, and fitted with a filter to remove the nasty diesel particulates emitted in the old engine, which met only EU4 standards.
Frederic Manby CLEAN: A new diesel engine powers the cleanest Defender for 2012.