Last post on Nov 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM
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Land Rover Defender, SUV
#121 of 129 Re: Reintroduction of Defender into North America [sixthflick]
Sep 27, 2009 (3:53 pm)
Sure. but I don't have your contact information (phone or email). Would you let me know what's the best way to reach you directly. Thanks again for your help.
#122 of 129 Re: Will Land Rover ever bring the Defender back to the US? [british_rover]
Sep 27, 2009 (7:21 pm)
Supposedly the T5 platform that is under the LR3, LR4 and Range Rover Sport will become the next defender platform but minus the Independent air suspension. When that will happen I have no idea.
This is complete conjecture on my part, but based on the com[any's statements that 2010 will be the last year of the current platform Defender, it's conceivable that IF they are going to keep building them, that 2011 would be the first year.
Defender is still a seller for military sales and commercial interests. Not sure about long term viability in the consumer market though?
#123 of 129 Re: Reintroduction of Defender into North America [als961]
Sep 29, 2009 (6:15 pm)
See my email address in my profile info.
#124 of 129 Re: Reintroduction of Defender into North America [sixthflick]
Oct 01, 2009 (6:36 am)
Your email address is set to Private. I am unable to see it.
#125 of 129 Re: Reintroduction of Defender into North America [als961]
Oct 01, 2009 (7:18 am)
Check it again.
#126 of 129 Re: Will Land Rover ever bring the Defender back to the US? [british_rover]
Oct 03, 2009 (5:32 am)
If Land Rover replaced the front sections of the frame rails with deformable ones (like the newer Jeep Wrangler), add air bags, continue with the roll cage as before, and strengthen the door areas if needed, then I don't see why they couldn't make it pass current DOT regs. I'd expect that the Ford Diesel 2.4 whould pass EPA as well, as it meets EURO emission standards which are strict.
I'm sure I'm not the only Defender fan that would have no interest in a new Defender that uses the Disco3/4 chassis. I'd rather have a Jeep Rubicon any day than a Defender with independent suspension under a uni-body frame. I'm not saying the the latest Disco is crap off road, it's just not a Land Rover in a traditional sense. Full ladder frame, solid axles with an aluminum body. I'm not saying it's superior than the Disco setup, it's just my preference and my view of what a Land Rover Defender (and it's forebears the Series models) is all about.
#127 of 129 Project ICON - The new Defender for 2012 deployment.
Oct 05, 2009 (6:21 am)
Interesting article... complete from scratch rebuild.
Too bad they're losing the beam axle, but I guess independent suspension is where everyone is going...
Hope they do an electronically disconnect-able rear sway bay similar to the Jeep JK. That, and diff lockers in front, middle and rear.
I have the LR3, and wished my front diffs would lock some times. (I have the HD package, so I have the electric rear locker).
#129 of 129 Defender for the US in 2012 2013
Nov 24, 2011 (6:37 pm)
Wow, no posts in 2 years. Anyway, was just at a dealer in NY and he confirmed with management the Defender will be sold in the US market end of 2012 and early 2013. But I cannot confirm this with any article on the web, strange.