A Land Rover executive has hinted that a Defender-based bakkie may well be back on the cards.

Back in September 2019, a report suggested the British firm had scrapped earlier plans to add a double-cab bakkie body style to its latest Defender range. Now, however, Autocar reports the project may still have legs.

According to the publication, Nick Collins, who holds the role of Jaguar Land Rover executive director of vehicle programmes, admitted “there is customer demand” for a Defender pick-up. Collins furthermore confirmed to the publication there were “no structural limitations” to the long-rumoured Defender bakkie, adding “you can make a pick-up from a monocoque”.

“We always said the Defender would be a family,” Collins said, suggesting the industry “watch this space”, with more details to be “saved for another day”.

Autocar speculates the Defender bakkie would be offered exclusively in 110 (thus long-wheelbase) form, with an array of petrol and diesel powertrains already available in the broader SUV range.