Land Rover has announced they are analyzing the prospects of coming out with a range-topping SVR version of the next generation Defender.

Land Rover has announced they are analyzing the prospects of coming out with a range-topping SVR version of the next generation Defender.

In an interview with British magazine Auto Express, the company’s design chief Gerry McGovern dropped a few hints about a hot version of the legendary off-roader which would compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. If the project will be green-lighted for production, the model will be developed by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) who is believed to also be in charge of a hardcore off-road version billed Defender SVX.

The next-gen Defender is scheduled to go on sale sometime in 2018 and the family could also grow to include a luxurious SVA version in the same vein as the Range Rover SVAutobiography and the upcoming Range Rover Evoque SVAutobiography. McGovern said the revamped Defender will have at least three individual models while according to a previous report there will be a minimum of five body styles: 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.

As a final note, Land Rover will stop making the current Defender at the end of this year, but the model could live on outside Europe.

Note: Land Rover DC100 pictured.

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