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.

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