It looks like a new Range Rover Defender model is on the cards for the SUV that has proven to be a massive success for the British manufacturer. The new model, which will be accompanied by the long-wheelbase 130 derivative for the Land Rover-badged model, is expected to hit dealerships by 2025.
According to a report by Autocar, this project is expected to deliver an entire line-up of Range Rover Defender models. If this strategy proves to be a success, the brand may expand this to six more models.
In recent years, Land Rover has placed a strong focus of its Defender, Range Rover and Discovery monikers. With this plan, it aims to increase vehicle margins to generate cash for investments into future models and pay off current debts.
Although no exact plans have been revealed of the Range Rover Defender project, the British publication understands that the upcoming model will be based on the MLA platform. Together with this, a smaller and more affordable EMA range-extender platform will be adopted to the underpinnings by the end of the year. This layout will also be used on the next-generation Range Rover Sport, Velar and Discovery.
The MLA-based Range Rover Defender will transition into a luxury car that is removed from the rugged persona of the Land Rover model. Using this platform won’t deteriorate its off-road prowess though. The MLA layout is understood to provide impressive capability off-road while not compromising on refinement when on-road.
Where design is concerned, the Range Rover Defender may use a set of extravagant colours, sporty styled seats and a dashboard design that maintains a high-mounted gear selector. Unusual materials are also likely to be added. This includes metallic trims with experimental ‘naturally weathered’ looks and new types of wooden finishes that are all in keeping with the Defender’s link to nature and the outdoors.