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Thread: The "New" Defender,.....When?

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    Question The "New" Defender,.....When?

    There's lots of talk about the "new" Defender,...what it will be....when it will be released etc etc.
    What do forum members think about the "timeframe" here?....in other words, does anyone have an opinion as to when the "New" Defender will be announced...how long will we have to wait?
    In view of this, I'd say that L.R. may produce a "Final Edition" Defender, which would surely be something special?
    Cheers, Pickles.

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    Hi Pickles,

    Just back from a couple weeks in the UK and chatting to some mates who work for JLR about the same topic.

    Big secrets in terms of marketing timing etc, but Australia is unlikely to see anything interesting before the MY16 run out and that might be optimistic and the MY17 might be more realistic. The Disco 5 is meant to have a "toughened" up version for work and touring with a reduced price tag to take up the void.

    The big concern is that with stability control and airbag laws coming into force soon in Australia, we might not even see the last of the Defenders as we know them. I'm sure someone would know the exact date, but there is a firm cut off beyond which no new vehicle without stability control may be sold (traction control don't count) in Australia and airbags are soon to follow. This is likely to be before the end of Defender...

    Cheers,

    Lou
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    ^ If that was the case could you still import a new defender yourself?
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    There must be someone on here who knows how the rules work in regards to cut off dates on compulsory equipment...

    I can only imagine that there will be rules that say the import would have to be built before a specific date. You might therefore be able to bring an older one in?

    The US have got a whole black market trade going on in fake registrations on Defenders to presumably make them "older" than the cut off date.

    Cheers,

    Lou
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    1958 Series II 88" 2.0 Petrol - Deep Bronze Green

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    I guess I had better look after mine so it will last......? how long?

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    Would love to get my hands on the last ever defender model.Would be worth a bit after a few years.Hope they put a bigger engine and all the good gear on it ,not just a different paint job.But i suppose we ARE talking about land rover here.

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    A Defender with a Range Rover Sport engine (5L 375HP S/C of course)....How good would that be?
    Cheers, Pickles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickles2 View Post
    A Defender with a Range Rover Sport engine (5L 375HP S/C of course)....How good would that be?
    Cheers, Pickles.


    I have been vocal in the past about the small displacement engines land Rover have shackled Defenders with.

    But what you suggest is far worse.

    In the good old days the 110 had optional engines, and I still don't know what was wrong with having an option or two.

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    I'm happy with the smaller fuel bill without compromising off road ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickles2 View Post
    A Defender with a Range Rover Sport engine (5L 375HP S/C of course)....How good would that be?
    Cheers, Pickles.
    Pretty good, until you let the clutch out

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