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Preview: The 2016 Land Rover Defender

November 14, 2014

The Land Rover name is synonymous with off-roading, and its flagship Defender isn’t just a 4×4, it’s THE 4×4. Originally launched in 1948, the Land Rover Defender has appeared in various reincarnations over its lengthy history – however, it’s winning formula of durability and simplicity has remained the same throughout.

Land Rover Defender Driving Through Water

Image Source: Land Rover Our Planet

Known for its robust and simple engineering (a mechanical flap opening on the front bulkhead for the air conditioned feel!), the Defender was designed for serious work and could cope with anything you throw at them (or in them) and would last forever with very little in the way of TLC.

While the Defender has remained much the same over its lifetime, consumer demand has changed – and Land Rover have responded. The likes of the popular Range Rover, Discovery and Freelander models have put Land Rover firmly in the luxury SUV market while still maintaining off-road competency. While we don’t expect Land Rover to sacrifice the Defender’s work-horse characteristics, the industry is changing – and it’s clear that it’s time for the Defender to step it up a gear.

The 2016 Land Rover Defender

As the brand surpasses its 65th birthday, the rumor mill is rife with talk of a new Defender and this time Land Rover are shaking things up. Although it’s being kept under tight wraps, the official design for the new Defender has been signed off by Land Rover. With numerous artists impressions circulating in the press, there’s no telling what the next generation 4×4 will look like while Land Rover’s styling department remains under strict lock-down. However, if the artists impressions are anything to go on, fans will be queuing up to get their hands on one!

Initial impressions suggest a total modernisation, while still retaining the classic Defender silhouette. Currently, only one 2.2L diesel powerplant is offered on the Defender, however, multiple sources are reporting that new engines will be offered as part of the update. The engine options are likely to include Land Rover’s Ingenium 4-cylinder diesel as well as petrol options and potentially a powerful V6 for select markets.

Land Rover Defender

Image Source: Land Rover Our Planet

It goes without saying that the Defender will receive an interior update, bringing modern technology and relative refinement into its cabin for the very first time. However, Land Rover have been keen to stress that the upcoming Defender won’t lose any of its ability to do what it does best – tackle and survive the world’s harshest driving conditions. From deserts to snow capped mountains, the Defender is the ONLY vehicle of choice for true adventurers, and Land Rover are keen for the 2016 defender to carry on the legacy of the original model.

If you fancy getting your hands on the current Land Rover Defender in the mean time, this off-roading legend could be yours for as little as £23,000. Available in multiple versions from 3 to 5 door, extended wheelbase and even with a pick-up style rear end – there’s a Defender for everyone. And if you’re looking for the best deals on Land Rover finance, look no further than the Car Loan Warehouse! Our financing experts work with dealerships and lenders to find you the best car financing offer, regardless of your credit rating. Want to see how much you could save? Try our quick and easy online car loan calculator for an instant quote.


About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.