Land Rover Vs Jeep in 2007?

Date 2006/4/6 8:28:04 | Topic: Wrangler

I just came across this online. It says that Land Rover is set to relaunch the Defender in late 2006 as a 2007 model. There will be 2 body styles: a 2 door short frame and a 4 door long frame.

Is this Ford's answer to the 2007 Wrangler lineup?
As far as being easier to assemble, Land Rover is moving to simplify it platforms from four to two. (60 percent of the new Discovery, for instance, is constructed by automation and it's rumored that Ford wants the same level of assembly automation in use for the new Defender.) As such, Automotive News reports that the next Defender will use Land Rover's new T5 platform architecture, the same body-on-chassis platform used for the new Discovery 3 / LR3 and upcoming Range Stormer or Range Rover Sport (the newest mini-Range Rover slated for upcoming release.)

Land Rover sells about 27,000 Defenders a year to the rest of the world. It's high time it set its sights on North America again, where the mighty Defender's legendary off-road prowess will be put to good use.

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Update (4/7/06): one of our readers informed me that this was an old article and a bit outdated. Don't expect a new Defender anytime soon. If anyone knows anything further, please let me know. Oops.


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