British media is reporting the next generation Land Rover Defender will go into production in the summer of 2016.

British media is reporting the next generation Land Rover Defender will go into production in the summer of 2016.

Land Rover's plan to overhaul its lineup has already started with the Discovery Sport and now focus is being shifted towards a replacement for the aging Defender. The company's design director Gerry McGovern has already said it "will have to wash its face" and "will be more desirable to look at" while having a "distinctive silhouette" without looking "overly functional."

Now, Autocar is saying the design has been signed off and according to Jaguar Land Rover group marketing director the next-gen Defender will have the biggest "breadth of capability" of any Land Rover so far. It will allegedly make use of an aluminum monocoque with a more substantial aluminum superstructure to make the Defender as stiff as possible while being substantially lighter.

Promising to provide "premium durability", the next-gen Defender will be equipped with four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline and diesel engines as well as by a range of V6 motors working with eight- or nine-speed automatic transmissions whereas the availability of a manual gearbox is unknown at this moment.

The new Land Rover Defender is expected to enter production in the summer of 2016, around the same time when another old school off-roader is due to be overhauled, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Note: Land Rover DC100 concept pictured.

Next generation Defender coming 2016, will be the most capable Land Rover ever