Production of the current Land Rover Defender to continue until 2017 or later

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 21, 2011

It’s likely that majority of the existing Land Rover Defender range will continue production until 2017 or even later. This will be at least two years after the all-new Defender replacement is launched in 2015. Included in those that will benefit are the long-wheelbase 110 and commercial 130 versions of the Land Rover Defender.

They’re likely to stay in production some time after the arrival of the new short-wheelbase Defender, which was previewed at the Frankfurt show as the DC100 concept. A source said that the current Defender could be kept in production longer due to the expected changes in legislation.

To make the new 2.2-litre diesel engine meet EU6 standards is the challenging next step in emissions regulations that will align diesel engine pollutants with those of petrols in 2015/16. It’s also implied that the Defender may not be required to meet EU6 standards until a later date.

A fact that may help is that just a few years ago, the Defender was reclassified as a commercial vehicle. The Defender would have had to end in 2015 due to pedestrian impact laws but Land Rover now believes that a ‘derogation’ (exemption from the law) could apply until 2020.

For those who wanted a higher spec Land Rover Defender, they could avail of the three additional options and new premium seat design as well as an upgraded in-car entertainment. They could also choose from either one of the two new body colors -- Barolo Black and Havana – and any of the four new contrast roof colors. The new Land Rover Defender has been made more appealing with new ventilated discs and enhancement on the interior details.

Land Rover is now offering the EU5 2.2-liter diesel engine for the Defender as well as new option packs to the 'S' and 'SE' trim levels. Fleet customers seeking to effectively control their fuel costs could avail any of the three speed-limiting options.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, remarked that the carmaker further strengthened the appeal of the Land Rover Defender by providing customers with the opportunity to customize their vehicle with new contrast roof colors and to enhance their driving comfort.

He added that the Defender -- with its 2.2-liter diesel engine and its go-anywhere capability – retains the rugged appeal it has been known for but with more choices for the customer.

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