Land Rover will quickly break up into three manufacturers referred to as Defender, Discovery, and Vary Rover, respectively. Turning a nameplate into an organization requires launching new fashions, and one of many upcoming Defender-branded off-roaders will allegedly land as an entry-level electrical automobile.
The on-again, off-again “child Defender” has acquired the inexperienced mild for manufacturing, in line with British journal Autocar. Citing firm boss Adrian Mardell, the publication added that the yet-unnamed mannequin will trip on the upcoming EMA platform that is being developed to underpin EVs. That is the identical structure that may underpin the subsequent Vary Rover Evoque, Vary Rover Velar, and Discovery Sport.
Whereas the 4 SUVs will share quite a few elements underneath the sheet metallic, it is affordable to imagine that they will not be linked by styling cues. It appears like the purpose of separating Land Rover into three manufacturers is to concentrate on each’s strengths, and the Defender nameplate has been synonymous with off-roading for many years. Nothing is official but, however our crystal ball tells us the infant Defender will function a rugged-looking design and supply extra off-road capability than, say, the Velar, which is prone to once more lean in direction of the efficiency aspect of the SUV spectrum.
And but, Autocar describes the mannequin as being extra road-focused than the full-size Defender. It can stretch roughly 181 inches lengthy, 79 inches broad, and 71 inches tall. As compared, the Defender 110 presently in showrooms measures round 197 inches lengthy, 83 inches broad, and 77 inches tall. We’re utilizing the four-door 110 as a degree of comparability as a result of the smaller mannequin will possible have 4 doorways.
It is too early to supply powertrain particulars as a result of improvement work is ongoing, however Autocar has a couple of concepts about what the specs sheet will seem like. It speculates that the mannequin will use an 800-volt electrical structure and supply 350-kilowatt fast-charging. Electrical energy will likely be saved in batteries that will likely be extra power-dense than those presently in Jaguar-Land Rover’s arsenal and consequently thinner.
Defender’s entry-level mannequin is tentatively scheduled to succeed in showrooms in 2027, so we might see it right here as a 2028 mannequin assuming the model decides to promote it on our shores. There isn’t any phrase on pricing but, nevertheless it ought to price lower than the current-generation Defender (pictured).