The latest Defender to come from Land Rover was still very much an old one as the limited-run V8 Edition that came out of the SVO division in Coventry was based on an overhaul of the second-hand stockpile that Land Rover had been quietly gathering up.
Fortunately, the good news is we won’t have to wait much longer for the next-generation car as the overhauled 4x4 is expected to arrive soon. Speaking with industry outlet Automotive News Europe at the Geneva motor show, Land Rover's head of design in its advanced research studio was asked about what the future has in store for the Defender. Richard Woolley said that while the new Defender version will stay true to the principles that made the classic model a success, 'it will be – has to be – a different kind of vehicle'.
He went on to say that he would have liked to have seen the new Defender make its debut at the Detroit motor show back in January so that it could go toe-to-toe against the new Mercedes G-Class, another icon updated. Woolley says that he had the chance to check out the new G-Wagen and said that although every single body panel is new, the vehicle still looks very much like its predecessor.
Gallery: Land Rover Defender successor reportedly pushed back until 2019
Woolley says that he is confident the new Defender has what it takes from a design point of view to 'push [the G-Class] in the shade'. We will have to wait to see about that as the next-generation version of the Defender isn't expected to make its debut until the end of the year, according to the latest reports. It is believed that the new car will steer away from the DC100 concept (pictured above) but at at the same time it won’t be all about a retro design.
The long-awaited premiere is scheduled to take place at Land Rover’s 70th anniversary party at the end of 2018. The plan is to offer multiple wheelbase configurations, hard and soft tops, as well as a pickup derivative later in the life-cycle. It’s expected to ride on an aluminum-intensive platform borrowing bits and pieces from the Discovery and Range Rover lines, so there should be a significant weight loss. Its off-roading ability is of course a given.