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Old October 17th, 2017, 08:59 PM
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Some decent potential info on the next gen Defender.

Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

The really tough design and engineering work for the Defender will probably center around such things as the convertible top, which needs to be a heck of a lot better in every way than the top on the previous Defender. It needs to be easy to lower and raise as well as more effective in sealing out wind and water, something the old vehicle's top never did well. And the new Defender will have to be quieter and more refined than the old one, but also be just as unstoppable.

More clues: McGovern says there will be a family of Defenders. I'd look for at least four models. There will certainly be a Wrangler-like two-door convertible and a five-seat Safari wagon. But I'd also look for a seven-seat version on a stretched wheelbase. And there will probably be a pickup version, though we are unlikely to get it in the United States because of the 25 percent "chicken tax" on imported trucks.
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Old October 17th, 2017, 09:07 PM
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Wow, that interview just kinda sets us up for disappointment, right?
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Old October 17th, 2017, 09:12 PM
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At least it says it will have squared off fenders and flat sides - its kind of hard to tell where the front corners are on my new Discovery 5. The LR3 was a lot easier to judge where the front corners were which is kind of important off road. After getting used to the luxury of driving a Discovery 3 & 5 it will be nice to get a bit of that in a new Defender. I hope 18" wheels will be standard though - its probably way too much to ask for 16" wheels.

I'm keeping the old Defender though... and the two Series trucks.
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Old October 17th, 2017, 09:18 PM
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Wow, that interview just kinda sets us up for disappointment, right?
Which part...? The models that won't make it here or the price tag behind them? Or is it the changes you can imagine are coming.

I was against the new Disco when it came out, based on having an LR3 for 10 years. But it's growing on me.

Being a noob owner of my defender, I'm not ready for a new version yet anyway.
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Per Alloy + Grit, McGovern said the design will not be retro-styled, but a fresh interpretation that honors the defenderís capability and durability.
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McGovern just wants to build cars. Period. He's ok with crossovers, but even has admitted to wanting, what's really a perverse obsession, a Land Rover car. The new defender will likely be disappointing.
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McGovern just wants to build cars. Period. He's ok with crossovers, but even has admitted to wanting, what's really a perverse obsession, a Land Rover car. The new defender will likely be disappointing.
x2 I think we are all going to be seriously disappointed...and ironically if you look at the Jaguar team page the first thing you see is a sketch of an SUV... argh

https://www.jaguar.com/about-jaguar/...eam/index.html
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Old October 19th, 2017, 10:55 PM
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Hmm, thanks for sharing, but nothing new here. I’m surprised nothing has leaked yet. We know everything about the new Wrangler.
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....I’m surprised nothing has leaked yet. We know everything about the new Wrangler.
I'm thinking the defender design team is still sitting around a table saying "what the fock did we do, and what the hell are we going to do now!"
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Haha for sure!
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