I think that the Land Rover Defender ‘replacement’ is a bit of a joke. Surely the word ‘replacement’ means just that; that the new machine can do what the old one could do? Or does it have some other meaning?
Most of the time when we see a concept vehicle, we get excited about the prospect that the manufacturer may one day actually build it. But in this case, I dread this one. Any friend of the Land Rover has got to be concerned that the icon of their brand is about to become yet another SUV.
All the well-meaning styling in the world isn’t going to change the fact that you need a truck to do a truck’s job. Can you see a DC100 carrying an expedition’s load through Malawi? Or help the Third Para Regiment plot a minefield?
Let’s make it easier… How about a bail of hay to the farmer next door?
Or, even easier… How about sitting in city traffic with a driver who feels almost as if he/she’s on safari – something that very few vehicles have ever managed to do successfully – something at which the Defender is a master?