The current Defender has been into production for almost 25 years becoming the longest running vehicle Land Rover ever made. However, they are going to need to discontinue this car due to new regulations which are going to make the car obsolete. In order to replace it they released a few years ago the DC100 concept car which showed us a few things about the upcoming Defender. The 2016 Land Rover Defender is most likely going to borrow a lot of things from that concept car including the 100 inch wheelbase as well as a few other design elements. While it will surely not look like before, the next Land Rover Defender 2016 is expected to retain a lot of the Defender spirit such as the rugged look as well as the all terrain capabilities.
2016 Land Rover Defender redesign
The interior of the 2016 Land Rover Defender is certainly not going to be as barren as that of the car it replaces mostly because it is no longer safe. Instead, it will get a similar interior to what the Freelander has to offer but with different materials which are going to be water proof and dirt resistant in order to allow operation in very harsh areas.
On the exterior it will take inspiration both from the DC100 concept as well as from the original model, so expect at tough looking two or four door SUV with a 10 to 14 inches of ground clearance which is going to sit on 17 inch wheels with all terrain tires.
Land Rover Defender 2016 specs
Just like before, the new 2016 Land Rover Defender won’t have any real competitor on the market and the most likely car to be remotely similar to it is probably the Raptor. However, the Defender is going to be more of an off-road model than any other car out there and the engines under its hood are certainly going to help it. The base Land Rover Defender 2016 is likely to get a 2.0-liter Ingenium inline 4 with around 250 horsepower while an option might be the diesel version of that engine which is going to make between 180 and 240 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque, allowing it not only to pull itself out of any situation but also pull other cars as well. These two engines are likely to come as standard with a 9-speed automatic and a possible option could be a 6-speed manual.
2016 Land Rover Defender release date and price
The Land Rover Defender 2016 release date hasn’t been officially announced so far but it is safe to assume that it will launch some time next year. The base price is likely to be quite a big higher than that of the Freelander so expect at least the equivalent of $35,000 but the better equipped 2016 Land Rover Defender will be available for a lot more than that.