Yeah, but it's losing what made it special. I wish they'd followed Jeep on this one. Let the mass market models keep with the times, as Range Rover and Discovery buyers at a luxury price point and Grand Cherokee and Cherokee buyers at a lower price point want something capable(whether or not they actually are going to use it) that doesn't make a fuss over it.Nothing wrong with IFS. This is 2018, not 1918
If all that's true then it'll just be a square Discovery 5 with a swing out rear door(so..What we all wanted the Discovery 5 to look like). Personally I kinda like the D5 but what's the point of a Defender model if it is identically capable to the Discovery with the same luxury features as the Discovery for the same price as the Discovery and slightly more utilitarian styling? If they put it on the D5 platform(as it appears to be) with a more utilitarian interior and position it as a stripped-down version from a comforts standpoint but with all the optional capability features(terrain response, lockers, two-speed transfer case) in the $40-60k range they'd pick up sales from Rubicon, TRD Pro and ZR2 buyers. If they price it in the $70k range they'll just cannibalize sales from the Discovery and Range Rover. They've already pretty much cornered the market for expensive off-road capable luxury vehicles, they'll be missing a great shot at a booming market if they don't position it a step below the Discovery as the utilitarian Land Rover(as it's always been). If I'd had an extra $10k to spend when I bought my Tacoma and been shopping for a TRD Pro or Rubicon as a capable and reliable daily instead of comparing the TRD Off-Road and more basic JL models and had an option that was similarly capable and comfortable(but not luxurious) with some of that British charm I love so much in my Range Rover Classic..hell yeah!The reality is that it is going to to look somewhat like that shape as have to be getting some sort of mileage and acoustic testing out of it and if the shape is much different, no chance they make a 2019 release date.
Looks like by the cut-outs in the front end, its going to share the lower split radiator/coolers as the Range and D5!
Promising swing out rear door and maybe a potential optional roof of sorts with the square old school roof lines!
I'm keeping my hopes up that they are going to nail it, but if anyone thinks it will have a $50-60k USD price tag with any kind of functionality.......NO CHANCE!
I expect we will see similar build options for diesel, low-range G/B, lockers, etc. that will put the price tag of in the near $70k range at a minimum.......I really hope I'm wrong!
Look at some videos of the Discovery 5 in action, it's shockingly capable period, not just capable for an all-independent suspension/unibody vehicle. But to get one with all the off road features you're looking at nearly $70k and no one's taking their $70k SUV off road. This could be interesting if they position it in a way to lower the price of entry for Land Rover's amazingly engineered suspension and traction control systems instead of selling the name on a square Disco.Doesn't look very capable.