The Defender went out of production in 2016, but Jaguar Land Rover decided to return with the release of the new 2018 Land Rover Defender. The 2018 Defender is a redesign and retakes on the traditional Defender design and shape.
The Defender (which has manufactured for the past 60 years) has stuck closely to its original 1940s design and rugged off-road capabilities. The main driving force behind sales has been its off-road capabilities.
Background and Competition:
Whilst overall sales figures for Jaguar Land Rover have been increasing between 2009 and 2015, with new models being introduced, like the Evoque, demand for the Defender in both Europe and the United States has been waning. Jaguar Land Rover recognized it was time for a change, and so they set about developing a new model that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as capable.
Their goal is to reignite interest and sales of the Defender through the 2018 Land Rover Defender and future models. Production of the Defender from 2019 will be between 60,000 and 80,000 units annually (which a relatively small production capacity compared to other models). It will be produced from its new facility in Slovakia or Austria.
The Defender’s competitors are the Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes Benz G-class, 90s Defenders and restored Ford Bronco and International Harvester Scouts.
2018 Land Rover Defender – Interior and Exterior Design
The interior has been completed redesigned and modernized. The old Defender models had a very boxy looking interior with a gray and black finish. There was no chrome or shiny finishes. The interior featured air-conditioning, electric windows and CD player but there was no airbags or tech features. Terrain Response, Wade Sensing, All Terrain Progress Control Systems (which feature across the Jaguar Land Rover range) have now all been added as standard.
The new Defender interior has been simplified, cleaned up and modernized. There is the use of a bright accent color. Tech and airbags have been included as standard. The luxury upgraded model features full leather racing seats. Luggage space in the Defender is also quite generous.
As for the exterior, much has changed. The exterior is made from an aluminum intensive unibody. The old utilitarian and box design has been replaced with a more sleek, modern design with some curves. The headlight design back and front are rounded. The model features smart locks whereby the doors can be opened and locked without touching them. You can gently touch the luggage door to open it without physically opening it. The standard tires are suitable for off-roading and snow.
2018 Land Rover Defender – Engine Specs and Fuel Economy
You will have the option of a 5.0-liter V8 supercharged or a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, with a potential four-cylinder option too. It comes with a 7-speed transmission and available in manual or auto. There are both diesel and gas models and long and short wheel bases are available. In terms of fuel consumption, it uses 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg for highway driving. The V6 version of the 2018 Land Rover Defender has as a total of 380 hp. The model has a Torque of 289 lb-ft. The new suspension is a steel-sprung suspension. At this stage, the top speed is unknown.
2018 Land Rover Defender – Price and Release Date
The 2018 Land Rover Defender public debut will be in May 2018, with a showroom arrival in 2019. In terms of price, the neo-Defender is priced at $55,000.