A new report indicates the next generation Land Rover Defender will be introduced sometime in 2018.

A new report indicates the next generation Land Rover Defender will be introduced sometime in 2018.

Land Rover has announced the legendary Defender will be phased out in December 2015 while official news about a successor is not available at this point. However, British media previously reported a new model will be out in 2016 but now Automobile Magazine says the all-new Defender is scheduled for a 2018 market launch and will be sold in United States as well.

There will be at least five body styles to choose from: short wheelbase two-door with metal roof, short wheelbase two-door with soft top, long wheelbase four-door with metal roof, short wheelbase two-door pickup and a long wheelbase four-door pickup. All these versions will be equipped with JLR's latest Ingenium gasoline and diesel engines which will work with either a six-speed manual transmission or a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Both will be available at an additional cost with a low-range transfer case and two differential locks.

The live axle won't be positioned in the iron ladder frame as Land Rover’s engineers plan to connect two subframes to an all-new lightweight unibody benefiting from increased rigidity. The report also says a special Terrain Response system tailored to the new Defender is in the works along with hill climb & descent systems, adaptive extended range headlights and surround-view cameras while active body control and air suspension are ruled out.

Note: Land Rover DC100 concept pictured.

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