While the iconic Land Rover Defender still looks very similiar to the Defenders of the past, its heart has been undergoing a few revisions over the years, with the most recent engine being a 2.4 liter Ford Duratorq that replaced the Td5 engine before it.
And now it’s time for the Defender’s oil burner to be replaced again, with the Euro 4 2.4 liter retired in favor of a new Euro 5-capable 2.2 liter engine, that despite the lower displacement, makes around the same power – 122 PS at 3,500rpm and 360Nm of torque at 2,000rpm.
The new post-Defender SUV is expected to be launched sometime in 2014, quite a long stretch of time from now but nonetheless an interesting bit of automotive news similar to the excitement and anticipation generated with those rumors about new Lemans and F1 cars still on the drawing board, not to mention Ferrari supercars being spied at their Maranello test tracks.
There’s little doubt the new off-road all-terrain 4X4 sport utility vehicle will get to wear some of the Defender’s hallmark styling and the Land Rover’s heritage lines but it will generally gravitate towards being a radically more sophisticated departure from the current workhorse.
It might even be a hybrid of sorts to latch on the ever so popular eco-friendly trend among modern road vehicles with increasingly less CO2 emissions. By that time, we expect to see more hybrid or even full electric road vehicles so we won’t be surprised a bit to see the post-Defender SUV carry an electric rear axle drive with a more fuel efficient engine for dual powering system as well as a body made of aerospace-grade composite synthetic materials lighter and stronger than anything we’ve come to see on the Land Rover or Range Rover line of SUVs.
Anything and everything can still happen between now and 2014. A rather long three-year gap can still lead to some new Defender variants coming out of the assembly line with possibly improved engines with slightly better performance, body styling, more accessories, wheel options and body materials.
Though we won’t expect them to be any more dramatic than the usual cosmetic upgrades common in what we see getting into new variants every model year. Sticker prices are likewise not going to get any cheaper.
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