New Land Rover Defender due in 2014

New Land Rover Defender due in 2014

A replacement for the venerable Land Rover Defender, has been given the green light by Indian parent company Tata. The Defender is now 62-years-old and a replacement is finally expected in 2014, and is being worked on now under the codename Project Icon.

So far it seems that few details have been decided about Project Icon other than its codename and its status in the Land Rover line-up, which is at the very top. Sorting out a way to differentiate the new Defender from the previous model will be part of the work to be done, as well as creating a platform and powertrain. The current platform may prove too heavy to serve for much longer with the new European efficiency regulations.

In terms of powertrain there is already talk of a hybrid set-up. Land Rover has been developing an Electronic Rear Axle Drive technology that was put into a Freelander hybrid two years ago, it consisted of a 288-volt motor with 34 to 47 horsepower and 147 foot-pounds of torque drove the rear wheels and could drive the front set when needed.

Is a Defender hybrid just crazy enough to work? Only time will tell.

A replacement for the venerable Land Rover Defender, has been given the green light by Indian parent company Tata. The Defender is now 62-years-old and a replacement is finally expected in 2014, and is being worked on now under the codename Project Icon.

So far it seems that few details have been decided about Project Icon other than its codename and its status in the Land Rover line-up, which is at the very top. Sorting out a way to differentiate the new Defender from the previous model will be part of the work to be done, as well as creating a platform and powertrain. The current platform may prove too heavy to serve for much longer with the new European efficiency regulations.

In terms of powertrain there is already talk of a hybrid set-up. Land Rover has been developing an Electronic Rear Axle Drive technology that was put into a Freelander hybrid two years ago, it consisted of a 288-volt motor with 34 to 47 horsepower and 147 foot-pounds of torque drove the rear wheels and could drive the front set when needed.

Is a Defender hybrid just crazy enough to work? Only time will tell.

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