The new 2018 Land Rover Defender SUV is going to be the next addition to an already impressive array of free-range utilities of Land Rover, spread across many types of body configurations, as well as pickups, wagons and convertibles. Ever since the series I in 1948, the Defender has been a loyal companion to any farmer or rancher who knows what’s good for them.
The current series hasn’t had major updates in almost 30 years, except for infotainment and safety features, of course, but that is about to change.
The 2018 Defender is rumored to start with a clean slate, dispensing with the old school design but retaining the aggressive appeal that has entered into the heart and soul of the entire series, forming the core identity of the brand. The new Defender will be more of an off-road vehicle in order to broaden the customer base, while retaining as much of the old one as possible.
2018 Land Rover Defender Release Date
The 2018 Land Rover Defender is expected to appear by the end of 2017. Considering the current trends, this should not be much of a surprise, although the release date could be postponed at some point in the future.
Price for Land Rover Defender 2018
The price of the basic 2018 Defender should be around $55,000. This price can be changed with time and with additional equipment on offer, it should come as no surprise if this figure is breached by the time the new Defender makes its appearance.
Exterior of Land Rover Defender
On the outside, there are rumors about an aluminum-concentrated unibody, and all these aluminum parts should really help when it comes to weight reduction. The 2018 Defender will probably feature up to five body styles, including features such as a shorter or a longer wheelbase, metal or canvas roofs, as well as two and four-door versions.
All these choices will make a nightmare for the designers to plan out and implement. The earlier attempts for a cheaper version have not been commercially successful, so now Land Rover has decided to go for the quality and play it safe.
Land Rover Defender Interior
It is expected that 2018 Land Rover Defender interior is going to be improved over the previous versions to a standard that would surpass even the competition. Luckily, Land Rover has plenty of technology at its disposal to choose from, so gadgets and features should be aplenty.
Handling is going to be better than ever, and the feel would be completed by high-quality upholstery and lots of indoor space. Since this is an off-road model, safety will also be brought to a new level.
2018 Land Rover Defender Engine
Engine-wise, the 2018 Defender will strive to make up for one of the biggest downsides of the previous models – outdated construction. Between the new aluminum parts and the new V8s, there should be plenty of power at your disposal.
We are talking about 5.0-liter V-8s supercharged and a 3.0-liter V-6. Both offer superior performance and fuel economy, trying to double up on what the Defender currently offers. Six-speed manual transmission and nine-speed automatic are the two options, although both of them feature all-wheel drive.