According to Autocar, JLR are having difficulty finding the correct recipe for the Defender’s successor which translates into a delay of at least three years.
There will reportedly be more than one model of the new Defender. Land Rover will not style the new Defender after the DC100 concept shown here that was displayed a few years back (thank goodness) as this was heavily criticized by the public. The new model will prefer to go for modern simplicity, with Gerry McGovern, design director to “now know what the new Defender will look like”.
The only way for the new car to be viable will be to share a platform with an existing model, which means that aluminum monocoque structure and body panels a almost a given. Other features to expect include an all-independent suspension setup, a longitudinally-positioned engine and a AWD system with low range ‘box and transfer case.