Land Rover Defender line-up could expand to include new Range Rover based flagship

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LONDON – The Land Rover Defender seems to be poised to develop into one thing of a sub-brand like Range Rover, and this might see the line-up increasing to include a extra luxurious variant in addition to a bakkie, Autocar experiences.

Although Jaguar Land Rover has not launched any official details about the plan as but, Autocar understands {that a} new flagship is on the horizon for round 2025 and will probably be constructed across the new MLA structure that’s additionally set to underpin the next-generation Range Rover that’s due later this year.

MLA is a versatile platform that will likely be in a position to accommodate each inner combustion and fully-electric powertrains. It is believed that the lately launched straight-six petrol and diesel Ingenium engines would be the mainstay of the vary, Autocar says, though an electrical flagship to rival the Mercedes EQG would additionally appear considerably inevitable, given the market’s fast shift in the direction of EVs. The new Range Rover based flagship is ready to be extra luxurious than the present Defender, whereas additionally that includes a extra premium-looking cabin.

But lengthy earlier than it hits the streets, Land Rover will likely be launching an extended ‘130’ model of the present Defender. Prototypes of the new stretched mannequin have already been noticed on the streets, forward of its 2022 reveal, and the mannequin is anticipated to be round 340mm longer than the present 110 mannequin, Motor1 experiences, making it 100mm longer than the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300.

At the opposite finish of the dimensions, plans for a ‘baby’ Land Rover Discovery mannequin, which has been rumoured for years now, seem to have been shelved, Autocar mentioned. This smaller and cheaper Defender mannequin would have shared its electric-biased EMA platform with the next-generation Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport, that are anticipated to transfer upmarket.

A bakkie model of the Land Rover Defender can be mentioned to be on the playing cards, however no additional particulars can be found at current.

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