Next-generation Defender to be the most high-tech model from Land Rover; likely to launch in 2019
Land Rover is working on the next generation Defender and the SUV is expected to be launched sometime in 2019. Interesting fact is that, the British marquee is aiming to introduce an electrified powertrain to the car. Yes, you read that right. The new LR Defender would come greener compared to its predecessor. However, the details about power and torque output are yet to be revealed by the automaker.
Despite being equipped with an electrified powertrain, expect the new Defender to come as powerful as its predecessor, considering the tough tasks this model is designed to perform. The electrified Land Rover Defender will arrive as part of the brand’s strategy to introduce electrified versions of all the new models in near future.
The next generation land Rover Defender could come with a 48 volt battery generating power for the mild hybrid system. A fully electric model would be too ambitious for this model. The first car from the auto major to receive an electrified powertrain will be the new Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid that is ready launch soon. It will come equipped with a 13.1 kWh battery. This is expected to accelerate to 96 kmph from standstill position in 6.3 seconds.
The next generation Land Rover Defender will be initially introduced to the US market before being rolled out in other parts of the world. Also, this is going to be the most advanced and high-tech SUV from the brand, when it launches.
The new LR Defender is expected to come bearing a radically different design compared to its predecessor. It would take inspiration from the DC100 concept. Expect this SUV to feature new design headlamps and updated front grille, revised front bumper. It would be based on a new lightweight and stronger platform and inside the cabin, next generation Defender will come with loads of advanced features and technologies.
Source: Motor Authority