Land Rover Defender might come to US in next generation

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There is a rumor the next-generation Land Rover Defender may return to the U.S. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Typically, Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles are toys for rappers and yuppies, who never actually need the off-roading capabilities of said SUVs. However, the Land Rover Defender, a stripped down beast the company only sells outside the U.S., might return whenever the next version debuts.

Land Rover for land roving may return

There are certain things every Land Rover or Range Rover has in common. They are expensive. They are driven entirely by yuppies and rappers, who never actually go off-road and will never need a vehicle with the capabilities a Land Rover has, such as the advanced traction and suspension controls and full-time four-wheel-drive.

They’re also prone to breaking down. A lot.

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However, there is a black sheep in that family, the Land Rover Defender. The Defender isn’t plush, luxurious, or even really meant to spend much time on pavement. It has always been a vehicle meant to be in the field. It made a limited appearance in the United States, according to Edmunds, from 1993 to 1997, when the company stopped selling it here. However, the next generation, according to AutoBlog, might return.

Gonna be awhile though

Land Rover has been showing off the concept for the next generation Land Rover Defender, dubbed the DC100. It’s relatively true to the shape of the Defender, though clad with a lot of plastic, a bit antithetical to the Defender’s roots of being a metal box.

Looks aside, the new Defender isn’t coming for sometime. According to AutoGuide, the next Defender isn’t slated to hit the market until sometime between 2015 and 2017. Possibly even later. At the moment, it’s being designed to be a “global” vehicle, meaning it should meet most legal standards for sale in most any markets, possibly including the United States. It isn’t for sure yet, but some people would like to get one.

Obtaining a used example is not easy. Finding one from a private seller or used car dealership is hard enough, given it was only sold in the United States for a few years, but one has to also find a Las Vegas, Boise, Amarillo or Spokane used car dealers that finance some hefty car loans. Listings on AutoTrader start above $15,000 and top out at $128,000.

Great if you want one but

The Land Rover Defender, according to Edmunds, was pulled from the market after the 1997 model year because of laws requiring all vehicles to have airbags. The Defender is basically England’s answer to the Jeep Wrangler and the Humvee; it’s built to be off-road and the British army still buys them.

However, assuming it does return to the United States, it might not be cause to celebrate all that much. We already have a vehicle like a Jeep Wrangler, stripped to the bare minimum and able to tackle tough terrain, called the Jeep Wrangler. Also, the Land Rover Defender is pricey. The cheapest trim, a pickup version with no rear panels, starts at 21,410 pounds (about $34,412) and the hardtop starts at 22,350 pounds. The cheapest Wrangler starts at $22,045.

Sources

AutoBlog

AutoGuide

Edmunds

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