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    Quote Originally Posted by mrb505 View Post
    sort of hoping they might have gone the other way and bring out the worker defender model.
    Like the commercial defender that was released at Frankfurt?

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    Is there a Defender Sport in the planning

    Quote Originally Posted by blackrangie View Post
    Like the commercial defender that was released at Frankfurt?
    I would have preferred to have seen a New Defender launched in 2014/5 using the outgoing D3/4 platform. This was the perfect platform to build all sorts of body configurations on. This is exactly how they introduce a low cost D1 on the RRC chassis and running gear which lead to the best RRC ever - the D2.

    They could then fit the new engine range and proven technology from the D5 model. To reduce costs manufacturing could have been moved out of the UK - even to India or China.

    It would have been true to LR heritage and be truly utilitarian in how it could be customised. Like the old Defender was but modernised to today’s safety standards. But only using proven technology and de-tuned for reliability.

    And the New Defender we see today - this is what the D5 should have been.


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    This could have been the Defender Sport.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDB View Post
    I would have preferred to have seen a New Defender launched in 2014/5 using the outgoing D3/4 platform. This was the perfect platform to build all sorts of body configurations on. This is exactly how they introduce a low cost D1 on the RRC chassis and running gear which lead to the best RRC ever - the D2.

    They could then fit the new engine range and proven technology from the D5 model. To reduce costs manufacturing could have been moved out of the UK - even to India or China.

    It would have been true to LR heritage and be truly utilitarian in how it could be customised. Like the old Defender was but modernised to today’s safety standards. But only using proven technology and de-tuned for reliability.

    And the New Defender we see today - this is what the D5 should have been.

    Without getting off topic, it was on the cards, decided against according to reports i read, weight, viability, etc etc.
    Imo it was too outdated.
    They needed to start fresh for the 21st century.

    My dealer sounded very confident of a defender ute (based on commercial) not sure what he has seen.

    Will be interesting to see what transpires.

    Nice disco ute btw Is there a Defender Sport in the planning

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDB View Post
    This could have been the Defender Sport.....
    So glad it wasnt Is there a Defender Sport in the planning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregz View Post
    I remember it being mentioned many months ago in one of those un-official land rover announcements that was mentioned somewhere on this site, even had its own L-code designation. Sorry, I can't be bothered searching.
    L860

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackrangie View Post
    So glad it wasnt Is there a Defender Sport in the planning
    Heh heh - what’s not to like - almost looks like a NASCAR Sports Truck - add a 600bhp V8....Is there a Defender Sport in the planning

    But if you prefer could also look like....


    The point being made is the D3/4 platform could have any body style and shape on it. This is what made the old Defender so special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackrangie View Post
    Like the commercial defender that was released at Frankfurt?
    That would be that panel vanish looking thing I suppose
    Not the sort of thing you’d be carting 6 drums of fuel or a bulka bag in

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDB View Post
    Heh heh - what’s not to like - almost looks like a NASCAR Sports Truck - add a 600bhp V8....Is there a Defender Sport in the planning

    But if you prefer could also look like....


    The point being made is the D3/4 platform could have any body style and shape on it. This is what made the old Defender so special.
    That is hot, minus the shiny paint, add wrap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrb505 View Post
    That would be that panel vanish looking thing I suppose
    Not the sort of thing you’d be carting 6 drums of fuel or a bulka bag in
    Yep and stripped out interior, I would say more payload.
    Apparently a ute may be in the works based off the commercial , but that's speculation at this stage.

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