Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern told WhatCar a pick-up version of the next-gen Defender could go on sale as early as 2017.

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern told WhatCar a pick-up version of the next-gen Defender could go on sale as early as 2017.

The next generation of the Defender is planned to reach dealerships in 2016 when the five- and seven-seat versions will be introduced. The duo will be followed by a more utilitarian pick-up version which will still be a "premium" product, according to design boss Gerry McGovern. He added the car will be created by following the same recipe used by Volkswagen for the Amarok so it won't have a stripped-out configuration.

Various rumors are indicating the 2017 Land Rover Defender pick-up is going to feature a five-seater crew-cab layout and will be offered as standard with permanent four-wheel drive. In addition, the model is tipped to have one of the best all-terrain abilities in this segment.

Back in October we found out the next generation of the Freelander will allegedly receive the Defender nameplate but Land Rover hasn't confirmed this rumor so far.

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