Land Rover continues to work on the engineering for the new Defender as well as on production plans, according to a senior source. Land Rover is expected to lessen the variation of commercial body variations and permit military sales to decline.
In March, Land Rover began working on Project Icon, which aims to develop the replacement for the 62-year-old Defender.
Funds were approved by Tata Motors for a full engineering and design program, giving the project its slot in Land Rover’s product cycle. Launch date is set in 2014.
According to Land Rover insiders, the brand requires a greater clarity as its current model lineup can be quite confusing. The Project Icon intends to reinvent the Land Rover Defender.
It’s highly unlikely that the new car will carry the Defender name but many of the original car’s looks and values will still be used in the final production model.
Previously, it was disclosed that the car will be underpinned by the company’s own T5 steel platform chassis, which Land Rover has said is capable. However, Land Rover now thinks that it may be too heavy, especially when you consider future endeavors. [via autocar]