Land Rover is totally redesigning its iconic Defender, the square-body ur-Land Rover that left production in early 2016.

The new truck will arrive in 2020 and have a gross of options available, including different body styles and never-before-seen powertrain options.

New Sport and EV variants will be available in five different body styles, Motor Authority reports, including soft- and hard-top trims with three doors; five-doors with three-row seating; plus two- and four-door pickups. The wider range of styles is meant to appeal to a larger audience.

But Land Rover also says the Sport version will offer a better on-road experience than Defenders of old. It will be built in Slovakia on the Discovery production line.

The British brand has dropped pretty big hints an EV Defender will be thrown into the mix: Chris Marchand, executive VP of Jaguar Land Rover for North America, was recently quoted saying electrified powertrains and off-roaders “were not mutually exclusive.”

An EV Defender concept was shown in 2013 on the previous-generation platform, but the range was limited to only 80 kilometres on a single charge.

Source: Driving

November 1, 2018