Last week it was announced that the VW Camper will die at the end of the year. Now it has been announced that the definitive off-roader the Land Rover Defender will die at the end of 2015. What is it will all the legends dying lately its horrible. However the Land Rover has lasted longer than most, land rover began in the same year as TVR and the Citroen 2CV.
Its said that 75% of the 2 million Landy’s made are still on the road today. The Defender has been a legend around the world, and legendary in England particularly, it goes along with the Jaguar E-Type and the Original Mini, true British legends. Although the Defender has evolved over the years it has still kept the original style and look.
The Land Rover Defender name will live on a new car but it will never be the same. The Land Rover DC100 won’t ever have the same following as the original. It has an uprated version of the current Discovery 4 chassis, and will bring all new 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines to the party. Land Rover have said that we are unlikely to see the new Defender until 2016 at the earliest this would follow the death of the Defender.
The problem with the new Defender is that it makes a turn to the newer electronic 4×4 terrain response system used in all the current Land Rovers, and Range Rovers. This means one of the few companies who use the mechanical system is gone and now we are stuck with little lights telling us we’re in 4×4 mode rather than a big clunk from underneath the car, which is annoying.