After Jaguar Land Rover confirmed that every vehicle it would develop beginning 2020 will has some form of electrification, JLR began the campaign with the Range Rover Sport P400e, and now it has confirmed that the programme will also include the next-generation Land Rover Defender.
Now this is good news for Defender prospects who can enjoy a cleaner utility vehicle than before. However, the JLR electrification programme doesn’t necessarily mean an all-electric Defender. Instead, it could get a 48v mild hybrid system, or it could receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain capable of driving on electricity alone for short distances.
At this point, Land Rover hasn’t released any technical information and hence industry watchers strongly believe that JLR will use the electrification package to boost the Land Rover Defender’s off-road prowess. A battery pack would add more weight down low and the electric motor would provide the instant torque needed to effortlessly crawl over rocks or off-roading. The next-generation Land Rover Defender is expected to debut either in late 2018 or early 2019, and it will go on sale globally shortly after. It is expected that the new hybrid package will complement the existing diesel or petrol driven Defenders.