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.