This yr, as a part of the Land Rover 70th anniversary celebrations, the brand new Defender might be unveiled.
We already know, in line with the modernist JLR design chief, Gerry McGovern that “If [the loyalists] predict a facsimile of the outdated one with all this new expertise, then I don’t assume they’ll be happy”.
So it received’t be a retro styled hat tip to the unique Land Rover Defender, with trendy underpinnings, much like the method Mercedes have taken with the Gelandewagen. And we now have been instructed it is not going to be styled just like the misaligned DC100, which 7 years later nonetheless pops up on Fb each week as “the NEW DEFENDER”. The brand new Defender will sit on a beefed up D7U platform, and consequently, it is going to share plenty of styling parts with the D7U primarily based Vary Rover and Discovery, conserving the model constant.
We took it upon ourselves to design a Defender alternative, that makes use of trendy expertise and development strategies, while retaining a few of the unique retro styling of the Defender – to make an appropriate alternative mannequin.
Right here it’s.
My 2018 Defender Idea Photographs
When designing this mannequin, I wished it to retain the identical general look of the Defender. Alterations are refined, typically, it has been squared off a bit, the largest change is maybe the windscreen – which is now extra sloping.
The general profile is barely softened, which makes it seem extra trendy and provides improved gas financial system. However general, it stays unmistakably a Defender.
Subframe / Unibody / Monocoque Development
Clearly, autos produced immediately have to satisfy stringent crash testing and pedestrian security requirements. For that purpose, I recommend this mannequin would have a monocoque physique sub meeting, that sits on a seperate chassis – with key detachable physique panels. The entrance wings and rear quarter panels might be eliminated – good for farmers or off-roaders who typically ding up the uncovered bodywork.
This subframe would give our new mannequin a lot improved roll-over security and improved on-road dealing with due to the elevated physique stiffness. It could additionally permit us to seal the physique extra successfully for water and dirt ingress, improve the wading depth and have a a lot larger construct high quality. There are three attainable winch mounting places, one hidden within the crossmember, one hidden within the entrance grille panel and a central winch mounting level.
This mannequin would now not be nearly fully handmade, however manufacturing might be scaled up, serving to to cut back prices. JLR have said they need the brand new Defender to be a mainstream car that sells over 100,000 models per yr.
I wished to maintain as a lot performance of the unique Defender, together with a physique that’s supplied in a number of types, three wheelbases and loads of flat sides for simple accent mounting. The SVO would have the ability to make one-off and particular autos for utility corporations or the emergency providers – like this 6 wheel drive airport hearth tender.
I see no purpose why trendy car design can’t be merged with the philosophy of the outdated Defender to create a 4×4 that’s closely customisable and extremely succesful off-road. My Defender options all spherical, independant suspension and for the primary time from the manufacturing facility, three diff lockers, a central diff and one on the entrance and rear.
The upgraded suspension would make for a extra snug off-roading expertise and provides a lot improved on-road manners. The suspension could be electronically adjustable, permitting for journey top changes and suspension softening as wanted. This might be finished by way of air suspension or magnaride kind dampers.
I envisage a lineup of fashions tailor-made for various makes use of. A base mannequin kind County pick-up, good for farmers and nation residing. The bottom fashions would are available traditional colors like Coniston inexperienced and Portofino pink, with an Alpine white roof. These fashions would include metal wheels as commonplace.
It’s straightforward to think about very long time Land Rover proprietor, the Queen proudly owning one in every of these new fashions, to be used on her estates.
This new mannequin may cater for the emergency providers market too, with SVO providing prepared made police autos, outfitted from the manufacturing facility with lighting, sirens and excessive visibility liveries.
Lastly, to cater for the latest pattern of metropolis primarily based Defender drivers, from celebrities to footballers alike, there could be a G Wagen esque Sport mannequin. This truck would characteristic a dealing with bundle, sports activities oriented suspension and tyres, efficiency engine plus a luxurious inside with leather-based seating and in automobile leisure, in addition to extra sound proofing to make this mannequin a premium providing.
Powertrain sensible, I feel that electrical autos actually are the way in which forwards for off-road autos.Why? Electrical autos have much less shifting elements to keep up, supply 100% torque the entire time and are way more environment friendly than inside combustion engines. Weight distribution is extra versatile and mixed with a low ratio gearbox and several other velocity transmission, an electrical Defender could be unstoppable.
Manufacturing unit Instrument Package
It could be superior if Land Rover supplied a manufacturing facility device package, together with all of the specialised instruments and diagnostic gear required for the DIY Land Rover fanatic, with a waiver on the guarantee stating that should you mess with it, your guarantee could be invalidated.
For traditionalists and people who should have a fossil fueled car, I think about a spread of diesel and petrol ‘Ingenium’ engines could be supplied, with 7 or 9 velocity transmissions, terrain response management (that may be disabled) and for the game mannequin, some type of turbocharged V8 could be beautiful. Commonplace fashions would include an EU6 twice turbo charged four pot 1.6 petrol that provides loads of torque and energy, sustaining the Defenders three.5 tonne towing capability however growing gas financial system to 50+ mpg. Round city, the driving force can choose ECO mode with begin cease expertise and a cylinder stalling operate that turns the engine right into a frugal three cylinder.
Nicely, that’s sufficient of me rambling and dreaming. Let me know what you assume within the feedback and be at liberty to share the video. Additionally, if you’re watching from Challenge Grenadier or Land Rover, I’m accessible for freelance work