The 2019 Land Rover Defender is ready to hit the markets and to mark the start of a new-generation. This SUV was on since 1997 before it was discounted in 2016. However, the successor will arrive in 2019 and it will bring a great combination of modern and traditional styling cues and amenities. Perhaps the best way to preserve tradition is to offer different types of vehicle such as different body styles and wheelbases. That is exactly what will Land Rover bring to the Defender SUV.
The 2019 Land Rover Defender will ride on a D7 aluminum platform that underpins the Range Rover model. Moreover, the exterior will look much more appealing and this model will arrive with a tougher stance than before. According to the latest speculations, Land Rover Defender will get two gasoline and a single diesel drivetrain. When it comes to competition, the biggest rivals are Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-class.
2019 Land Rover Defender will ride on a new aluminum platform
The exterior of the previous generations didn’t provide enough excitement among the customers. The only logical outcome is a total redesign, which will happen with the 2019 Land Rover Defender. The new design will provide a much sharper and upscale appearance in a combination with the modern design. Moreover, Land Defender will ride on a new aluminum platform that underpins Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover models. Furthermore, Land Rover will offer different body styles and different wheelbase choices. On the other hand, we are yet to find out how many variants will Land Rover provide or how will they look like.
The new suspension could be on the cards as well, along with the 4×4 driving system. When it comes to dimensions, the 2019 Defender will remain the same as the previous generation. On the other hand, Land Rover already said that some expended models will hit the production, around 100 examples only. The design will look very simple and modern and we will wait for the exact details.
2019 Land Rover Defender interior dimensions will stay intact
The approaching 2019 Land Rover Defender will borrow plenty of cues from the Land Rover Discovery model. There is not much that we know about the Defender’s interior as the official interior specs are not available. However, the interior is Discovery-based so we can at least predict what you can find inside the cabin. For the start, dimensions will stay intact which means the same legroom and headroom. The room is ample and if Land Rover improves the overall cabin layout, the interior could become even roomier. The seats are comfortable, even with the standard cloth upholstery.
On top of that, driver’s position in the 2019 Land Rover Defender provides great visibility and a pleasant ride. We expect the new armrests between the front seats, the latest Land Rover’s innovation for all of the models. We can’t predict the cargo room, however, Discovery provides around 80 cubic feet of space. When it comes to the technology department, the 2019 Defender will for sure provide the latest tech amenities. We’ll have to wait and see what standard features will be in the offer, along with the driver assistance and safety aids.
2019 Land Rover Defender engine output
According to the latest news, the 2019 Land Rover Defender will get all-new powertrains. That means the V6 and V8 engines are gone and are replaced by new ones. The same reports are suggesting the Defender SUV will use the powerplants from the Ingenium engine family. The standard unit is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the optional is six-cylinder gasoline unit. Moreover, a diesel engine could be in the offer as well. Jaguar Land Rover says those engines are the most advanced units the company managed to produce so far.
The base four-cylinder engine will produce up to 237 HP and 251 lb-ft of torque, while the optional unit with six-cylinders delivers 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission is in the offer, along with the optional all-wheel-drive configuration. Top speed and similar car specs are unknown, and we don’t know much about the diesel variant as well.
2019 Land Rover Defender price and release date
The 2019 Land Rover Defender won’t be cheap, that’s for sure. We predict the price around $50,000, more or less. This SUV will hit the markets in the second half of 2019. Most likely competitors are Toyota Land Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler.
Land Rover provided the concept of the new Defender under the name “DC100”. However, the reception was poor which suggest the company will have to largely depart from the concept, especially in terms of the exterior. On the other hand, the company claims the plan was to introduce the new model as the old one, which is some sort of traditional car launch fashion.
Whatsoever, the Defender SUV will be built in the new company’s factory in Slovakia and in Austria. It will be interesting to see how will the 2019 Land Rover Defender look like and how much it will depart from the original concept.