De­fender re­design: how far will it go?

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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