The evolution reaches a new level, and auto enthusiasts can just watch and admire the new design of the historical Land Rover Defender in the avatar of 2018 Land Rover Defender. A modern day marvel – most tipsters optioned now that official confirmation from the makers itself have come up!
2018 Land Rover Defender – Aluminum Architecture
As claimed by the company officials, this new Land Rover Defender will be based on the extended aluminum architecture found in Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery. The basic analogy of Land Rover borrowing this architecture is to reduce protection cost. Doing such will help the makers in putting out an attractive price point for competing against big names such as – Mercedes Benz G-Class, Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sportage.
Apart from improvements in the powertrain, this new-gen 2018 Land Rover Defender will get a moderate cosmetic make-over. Alterations in outer design will be complemented by a fresh and upscale front fascia. The headlights will get a progressive styling with circular LED daytime running lights. The grille will be something unusual and not coincide with Land Rovers on-going signature styling.
Down below, the frontal bumper will house a rugged skid plate, and 2 utility tow hooks will sit astride to it. The front and rear fenders will flaunt flared wheel arches with plastic finishes. Up top, the windshield and roof will get a boxy appearance with minimalistic curves.
The new-gen changes will come heavy on the interior cabin as well. This SUV will retain the iconic dashboard styling while excelling in functionality. The driver’s gauge cluster will also feature a TFT display and the bi-spoke needles will be LED lit. The seats will come plush and integrate dual stage heating along with 10-way power reclining.
The rear seats of 2018 Land Rover Defender will feature height-adjustable head restraints along with under-seat utility storage. Its cabin will be high on entertainment too as the InControl infotainment system will sync with a premium surround sound. The standard safety features will also include, seat occupancy sensor, seat-belt pre-tensioners, energy-absorbent steering column and multiple stage airbags.
2018 Land Rover Defender – Powertrain
Despite the lack of official details, this Land Rover Defender is suspected of making use of a 2.4-liter diesel engine. This powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed transmission (with low-speed crawl capability). The engine is suspected of doing good on fuel savings as well. The official EPA ratings might go 22 mpg in city and 25 mpg on freeways and 23 mpg combined. Its 0-60 mph sprint will be covered in less than 10 seconds (which is an impressive leap compared to the last model). Similarly, the towing capacity is expected to top out at 3,800 pounds.
2018 Land Rover Defender – Price and Release Date
The official pricing will be disclosed few weeks before the launch date, which is scheduled for Q4 of 2017. But the prospect of an all-new Land Rover Defender coming affordable doesn’t mean that its makers will cut corners. Instead, this 2018 Land Rover Defender will put out exhilarating performance for living up to the go-anywhere reputation.