The most capable 2017 Land Rover Defender is reportedly going to make its debut by the end of 2015, while its release date is scheduled for 2016. Here are the latest details and rumors regarding its design and performance.
Exterior and Interior Design
We don’t know if you guys remember the 2011 Land Rover DC100 Concept model introduced several years ago, but the new 2017 Land Rover Defender will most likely be based on this concept. It might look something like this:
Land Rover has already signed off the car’s final design, so expect to see some official photos in the upcoming months. The production model may differ from the rendering photos posted above and below, if the automaker decide to refresh the exterior design of this model in order to make it more appealing to the audience and customers. The DC100 Concept wasn’t well received among the audience, so Land Rover have to think twice about what to do with this model.
What we know for sure is that the 2017 Land Rover Defender will be built on the PLA platform, which include a much stiffer and stronger aluminum monocoque chassis, as well as the bigger wheels similar to those found on the Toyota Hilux or Land Cruiser. It is going to be one of the most capable Land Rover’s ever, ready for driving on any terrain and during different weather conditions. No word on the vehicle’s interior, but we know for sure that the new Defender will receive luxury and premium materials, such as Nappa leather or Alcantara, as well as modern infotainment system, premium audio system, and satellite navigation.
Below you can see the DC100 Concept introduced in 2011.
Engine Range, Specs, Transmission
In this moment there are no details on the engine options. However, some sources speculate that the 2017 Land Rover Defender might be available with both petrol and diesel engines. These will include a turbocharged I-4 and V-6 power units. One rumor claim that there might be one Jaguar-sourced V-6. Anyway, these units will be available with either 8- or 9-speed automatic or manual transmissions.
2017 Land Rover Defender Release Date
At the beginning of this article we already said that this off-road model will be introduced by the end of the next year. Its promotion might occur at one of the bigger 2015 auto shows, either in New York, Geneva or Frankfurt. The 2017 Land Rover Defender will go on sale in 2016.
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