The first details are beginning to trickle out about the Land Rover Defender’s possible successor. A concept is likely to be presented in 2018, followed by a production model in 2019. The incoming Defender will be presented as a global model and will conform to country specific emissions legislation and safety norms.

The new Defender is expected to be offered in several body styles like the classic two- and four-door models. It is expected to adopt unibody architecture to save weight and cost and given the brand’s off-road technology applications, there should be no doubt about its on- and off-road capabilities. Should this happen, the question purists would have is whether the traditional capabilities of the body-on-frame predecessor would be compromised and given the engineering capabilities, this aspect can easily be overridden.

Power will come from the new Ingenium-based diesel and petrol powertrains currently used by many Jaguar and Land Rover models. Entry level trim could make use of the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel four-cylinders. Bigger models could get the 3.0-litre V6.

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