Next-generation Land Rover Defender heading back to Canada

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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There aren't many truly classic format SUVs on the market anymore, especially here in North America. Here, Jeep, at the low end and Mercedes-Benz at the premium level, keep the flame burning with their Wrangler and G-Class respectively, while an ever-diminishing segment of 4x4-capable sport utilities are available at just about every price point in between.

All of Land Rover's offerings fall into the latter category, at least they have since the old-school Defender was pulled from the British luxury brand's North American roster in late 1997. That will change in the future, however, or so reports that cites Jaguar Land Rover North America CEO Andy Goss as saying the next-generation Defender will be a global product.

Of course, as an automotive term the word "global" sometimes seems to be North American exempt, although Goss confirmed that North American safety and emissions standards would be built into the iconic SUV's future design.

Land Rover will simultaneously be putting more emphasis on the entirety of its namesake brand in North America and globally, which has been playing second fiddle to its top-line Range Rover luxury line over the last decade. Expect to see a totally revised LR2 in the next few years, as well as a renewed LR4. There's room in the middle for a midsize five-passenger LR3 as well, a concept that may have prompted the renaming of the brand's 7-passenger model from LR3 to LR4 in 2009.

Unlike the classic Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-Class that so far have soldiered on in near military dress, the upcoming redesigned Defender will likely make a clean break from tradition in order to show a more contemporary face. The DC100 concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt motor show last year, could be a styling forerunner, although the new model won't likely hit the road before 2017 so any thoughts about possible styling cues would be pure speculation.
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Topics: SUV, 4x4, Land Rover, Defender, DC100 Concept,

Organizations: Land Rover

Geographic location: Canada

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