Land Rover to Offer Defender Pickup Variant in Next Generation

By | December 04, 2013
Land Rover is looking to expand into different markets and is reportedly planning to release a pickup variant of its popular Defender model within the next few years. This new model is expected to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Amarok, which has also been rumored to come Stateside sooner than not.
Gerry McGovern, head of design at Land Rover, believes this model could launch by 2017. However, Land Rover is holding back on the launch of the all-new model until the new conventional Defender models make their official debuts. We can expect both a five- and seven-passenger variant of the original Land Rover to hit showroom floors by 2016, which will be designed with the U.S. in mind.
With hints about this all-new model, many questions come to mind. McGovern shared with What Car? That this Defender pickup model will retain its "premium" air, and won't lose its luxurious attributes. It is expected to be a five-seat crew cab model with permanent four-wheel drive. Like all members of the Land Rover family, it will retain much of the line's off-road capabilities.
Land Rover has hinted that this will not be a stripped-out version of the Defender like some of the models it is expected to compete against. No other information has been released in regards to the Defender pickup, but we expect to hear more as we get closer to the official debut. Source: What Car?