Probably old news but still nice to see press on Defenders and the U.S.A.
Land Rover is getting ready to haul.
The British automakerís head of design tells What Car? magazine
that it is working on a pickup version of the upcoming replacement for its iconic Defender SUV.
The current Defender is set to go out of production at the end of 2015 and be replaced by a more modern and upscale take on the utilitarian truck the following year.
The Defender hasnít been sold in the United States since 1997, but while the new model is not yet confirmed for the American market, it is being engineered with U.S. safety and emissions regulations in mind, according to Land Rover. However, the so-called ďchicken taxĒ of 25 percent levied on imported pickups could create a barrier to entry to the U.S. that even Land Roverís vaunted off-road abilities would be unable to surmount.
Land Rover currently offers several pickup versions of the Defender overseas, including a short bed two-door, but sources tell What Car? that the new pick up is being developed as a five-seat crew cab model with permanent all-wheel-drive.
If it manages to make the trip across the pond, the Defender pickup could be in for a fight the moment it reaches shore. Americaís own off-road specialist, Jeep, is considering adding a pickup
to its next generation Wrangler lineup, which is also set to arrive in 2016