March 26, 2012

Next Defender To Be Confirmed By 2013

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61 years of mud-plugging draws to an end for hardiest Landy.

Land Rover remains committed to replacing the Defender in its line-up, and will have to define its replacement in the next three years. It told Australian website GoAuto Newsthat modern safety and emissions laws are making the rugged Defender untenable, and the car’s current exclusion from the US market on safety grounds is a big problem.

The move has been expected for a while, so we’re not particularly surprised to hear this. A replacement for the Defender has long been mooted, with several concepts in recent years, and Land Rover sources have been talking about having something ready for 2012-2013. We at Keith Michaels will be prepared and able to offer Land Rover Car Insurance for the new model.

Apparently it will use either the platform from the current Range Rover Sport and LR4, (which doesn’t fill us with confidence for its mud-plugging ability, but Land Rover insists that the new car will be just as able in the rough stuff), or a significantly more advanced version of a ladder-framed vehicle. Replacing the Defender will be a tall order either way, but more importantly today the story is a great opportunity to show you some fabulous pictures from the car’s illustrious past. Many Land Rover now qualify for our Cherished car insurance as well.

The Defender name only got attached to the car in 1990, but the basic design has its roots in the Land Rover Series 1, launched in 1948.

Amazingly little has changed in the six-and-a-bit decades that has passed since then, and the modern day Defender is still a recognisable evolution of its forefathers. The same basic formula has survived through the Series I, II, IIa and III, the 90 and 110, right though to the Defender that you can still buy today.

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Many thanks to Pistonheads for allowing us to use the above – the full article can be found here.