Car manufacturer Land Rover has confirmed a redesign of its flagship crossover SUV. This is the 2019 Land Rover Defender. The company has announced the overhaul of this model for years, and now it will arrive as model year 2019. It should be sold globally, in all markets this time. The first novelty we can expect is the new platform. According to recent rumors, the new 2019 Land Rover Defender will ride in the Range Rover monohull architecture. This should affect your weight and improve fuel economy too. What we can also expect is that the new 2019 Land Rover Defender will be powered by the units of the Ingenium line used by Jaguar Land Rover. In addition, automakers Land Rover and Jaguar have confirmed their intention to expand their alignment with more electrified and hybrid vehicles. Therefore, it is very likely that you will also receive a strong hybrid supplement under your hood. Visually, the Land Rover will keep it recognizable, but of course, it will be updated a bit. In addition, it will also be offered with different body styles.
Most rumors seem to think that the future 2019 Land Rover Defender will look a lot like the DC 100 concept. At this point, this seems pretty true, even though the manufacturer has decided to remain silent about their future vehicle. We can expect a more rugged and square design than the Range Rover. Plus, the car could have flared wheel arches, larger off-road tires and more impact plastic to better protect your body.
One of the biggest problems with the previous model was it’s really basic interior. Given the price of the next version, we can assume that this will not be the case. Instead, the future 2019 Land Rover Defender should be quite similar to other Range Rover vehicles. We can expect high quality materials, a truly luxurious cabin and at least 5 seats in the shortest model. The longest version of the car could receive up to 8 seats to better compete with its main rivals. Some have suggested that Land Rover could take the Velar as inspiration. If so, we can expect some touch-based controls that would not be ideal in an off-road application.
The new 2019 Land Rover Defender will feature several types of engines. It is likely that these are the same powertrains of the Ingenium range, which include gasoline and diesel engines. Therefore, the only option should be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which can generate about 247 horsepower and 267 pounds of torque. The next will be a 4 liter 2.0 liter diesel unit. This will have a power of about 180 horsepower and 318 pounds of torque. In addition, the next six-cylinder could easily be found in the new 2019 Land Rover Defender. On the other hand, the new Defender must also be powered by a hybrid engine. It will be a combination of a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and an 85 kWh electric motor. All together, they will be able to produce 398 horses and 472 pounds of torque. There will also be a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that will provide an all-electric battery life of about 31 miles.
At this point, it looks like they will reveal the 2019 Land Rover Defender by the end of 2018. The current production model, on the other hand, is expected to reach dealerships in 2019 or early 2020. Its predecessor had a price of about $ 40,000 and north of $ 70,000.