Land Rover engineers are currently working on a replacement for the emblematic Defender, which has been around for more than half a century.

Land Rover engineers are currently working on a replacement for the emblematic Defender, which has been around for more than half a century.

Launched in 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show and originally designed for farm and light commercial use, Land Rover's Defender is sold in more than 140 countries.

"The Defender is important. It is one of the few genuine motor icons. Our challenge now is to see how we can successfully take it forward and make it a 21st century icon," Land Rover's managing director, Matthew Taylor, said at a conference last week.

The Defender's replacement will probably be built on Land Rover's new T5 platform used for the upcoming Discovery 3, the first car built on the new platform. The company is moving to reduce its platforms from four to two and has only had seven products on its entire lifespan.

The Range Rover Sport first seen at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, will be the second vehicle based on the T5 platform.

Original article from Car