- The new generation Land Rover Defender will break cover in September.
- The iconic Defender might be launched in India this time around.
Land Rover was spotted testing the new generation Defender in India recently. And we assumed that the test mule would be undergoing either component testing or software development under TCS. But now, the official website of Land Rover India has listed the new Defender, giving us hope that the off-roader might actually be launched in India for the first time.
The new Defender is currently undergoing a comprehensive testing regime ahead of its official debut. Having undergone more than 1.2 million kilometres of testing across some of the most treacherous terrains, the new one is expected to be as capable as all the older Defenders, and some more. Land Rover will employ a new platform for the new Defender and the SUV will adopt a new design philosophy both inside and out. This means the design won’t be as rugged as the original Defender and there will be retro-futuristic styling all around the cabin. Powertrain details are scarce at the moment, but at the launch, there are reports of a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel under the hood. There’s also a hybrid powertrain plan for the off-roader, but that will come later.
Unlike the previous-gen Defender, which was never officially sold in India, the new Defender is likely to garner a lot of interest if the carmaker decides to bring it to India. The new Defender might be priced around the same as the Discovery Sport and that should make it an enticing package for an SUV-obsessed country like ours. More details of the new Defender will be revealed over the next few months in the run up to the September debut. So stay tuned to CarWale.