Land Rover Defender Overhaul: 2013 Concept

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If there were ever a vehicle that looked a little dated, then the Defender would be it, which is why there will soon be a Land Rover Defender overhaul. We can expect a 2013 concept, which will then go into production by the summer of 2015 – so not too long to wait. It has been reported that work has already begun, so we hope to see something very special.

Tata is said to have invested a huge effort into this overhaul of the Defender, and will offer a range of new body styles, such as convertibles wagons and pickups. According to AutoCar, Land Rover is still in the planning stages with designers and engineers, making certain that what they design can be done.

Sales of the Land Rover Defender have been very low just recently, with just 18,000 being sold last year. This could either mean that we are not interested in the vehicle anymore, or that the current design is too dated? Tata must feel that the Defender still has a lot to give; otherwise they would not invest so heavily?

We have to wonder if they are doing the right thing, sales of SUVs and trucks have been falling steadily in recent years. The reason for this is due to the fact that they have always been associated with low fuel-economy. However, we have seen in the past year that SUV emissions have been falling, but they need to fall a lot further if they ever have hope of getting back to high sales.

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  • LRUser

    The fact you describe the defender as an SUV (sic) means your missing the point.

    As a Brit farmer they are more than acronistic, there is nothing to compete with them – that is if you can put up with the need to carry a toolbox EVERYWERE once they loose the showroom smell, and a pathetic dealer network…..

    My personal fear is that they will turn the Defender into yet another overpriced (..!), soft roader with carpets and Ipod interface "as standard".

    Strewth

  • Chris

    I'm 61 years of age. My 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 is slow, cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and looking just about as wornout as I do. Global sales might improve if Land Rover can comply with North American requirements.
    I fear that a modern, improved, affordable Defender might be much like the Hummer H2 is to the original Humvee—
    little more than a poodle in a wolf costume.

  • Marius steyn

    The one in the phot already has too much plastic. Fancy carpets, sound system & all sorts of electronics does not go well in the African bush….KEEP IT REAL!!!

  • aha

    The Land Rover Defender is an Original ICON!!!!! Please leave it alone:-(((