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Next gen Land Rover Defender to be brand's most high-tech model yet


Land Rover has reportedly indicated that the next generation of its legendary Defender will be the most high-tech model it has ever produced.

According to a report by UK publication Autocar, the new Defender, which is expected to go on sale in 2019, will use technology more modern than that currently being utilised in the recently unveiled Discovery, while still remaining a capable off-roader.

Said to be undergoing testing with most of its engineering completed and styling bar a few details wrapped up, the Defender, as per Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) CEO Ralf Speth, will use the same aluminium architecture as the Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, although it would be significantly upgraded to match its prowess off-road.

Although little else is known, the publication claims the Defender will share the same wheelbase as the Range Rover, feature a longitudinal engine layout, a separate low-range transfer box and mostly likely the same all-independent suspension setup with steel springs as used in the base Discovery 4.

Engine options will likely comprise of JLR's Ingenium range of petrol and diesel engines with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

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