Re: New Defender rumours
"Dom J" wrote after
> "dave" wrote in message
>> I was just wondering if anyone here has heard any rumours about the
>> new defender. Particularly I'm interested if there has been any talk of
>> wheel bases it might be produced in, and whether it will be available in
>> single and crew cab pickup versions.
>> Having said that, I'm interested in any information whatsoever.
>> I guess with the shipping date constantly slipping backwards, that I'm
>> probably asking this question way too soon, but I would appreciate
>> from anyone in the know.
>> My apologies if the topic has been covered here recently.
> According to LRO last month (underground Disco on cover) a clay mock up
> of said new Defender is taking shape at Gaydon.
You have to be careful, there is a rumour that Ford are going to produce a
small cheap Defender ragtop look-alike using an existing floor pan which
will compete with the Suzy Justy etc. A fun style statement recreational
vehicle. Styling exercises have been seen.
The new Defender itself is supposed to be on the T5 chassis of the new Disco
and RR Sport but it's an off and on project as Ford have other priorities. I
understand they are having problems keeping production costs down,
considering all the body permutations available now which they want to
continue. As it's sold mostly as a business tool they do need these
Another problem for them is the British Army which seems to be ordering
Personally I think the production will have to go abroad, somewhere cheaper,
maybe China or even Malaysia.
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