Keep yer supercars and your electric IDs, stuff the Kias and the over large grilles. My eyes on Frankfurt were directed to SoliSlovakia.
I’ve been so looking forward to seeing the New Defender. I’ve pored over the camouflaged shots. I’ve scrutinised the form. I won’t be buying one anytime soon so why this lust for the Land Rover? Personally, I think it’s the bees knees and will trounce the faux-four-by-fours.
Certain that many more words will be written about New Defender, I wanted to get in there first.
I love the looks, the definitive three door which has the stance of a rugby player and the five door’s strength of two rugby players. They both possess a harmonious cheekiness, many a nod to that loveable old crate that ‘died’ three years ago (yet refused to die at all) and have more options [at cost) than Mac Donald’s can offer; impressive findings. If this car could be a tattoo, it would be Who Dares Wins.
The Def’ner as the vehicle was graciously referred to in Solihull has come of age. Production ceased in early 2016 and the enthusiasts cried “why?” The ‘challenging’ panel gaps you could loose an infant in, the abysmal engine emissions and pretty poor crash ratings were the final coffin nails. Only JLR refused to seal the lid with final editions and V8 engines; just in time for camouflaged pictures of the new shape, the most definitely not DC100. This New Defender will be all new.
The industry enemies have moved on since the demise of the original. At a pace to break down doors, marching all over their once pristine and hard won ground, victorious with no Defender to shore up the perilous position. Until now.
Big plans for a big car in a big, new foreign factory; another instance for the die-hard Landie fan to wince – for Nitra in Slovakia is the new home to these beasts and not Solihull. Oh, the indignity. JLR has invested big and therefore big returns are asked. The New Defender and 5th generation Discovery simply must deliver. Today’s customer demands choice and the Land Rovers have that in spades. The only variant omitted (at launch as far as I can see) is the Pick-up. Surely I am not alone in thinking how popular this version would be: sign me up next week.
Truly quaking with anticipation at seeing a New Defender Pick-up truck with a crane, winch and the suitability oily detritus only a back street garage can generate. An electrical utility provider’s vehicle in the centre of a steep-sided snow covered field, battling against the elements to restore power to the village. A farmers hack daubed in muck, hay, possibly even blood in lambing season. Camouflaged for that particular theatre.
The dust covered quarry car with whip aerials avoiding the giant dump trucks. Can they dismantle a new one in order to be used in underground mining operations? These are the images I want to see the New Defender excel. Sadly, it’ll be more the car parks and school runs of our be-tarmaced lands this car will wage more battles. But I really do think the above operators will come back to Solihull, sorry, Nitra’s doors like a murmuration of starlings.
This car has solidity, those classless looks, the chiselled chin of a seasoned campaigner and in the correct livery will stand out a mile, for the better. The alloy wheels make for an aggressive statement but even Mr McGovern was impressed with the more humble white painted steel wheel. Treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen.
The New Defender has the looks, pricing, along with the determination to take a good swipe at that Austrian built behemoth, the G-wagen. I like the Gelandewagen for its ostentatious outlook and Devil May care stance. But this Stuttgart wunderkind may end up with a bloody nose on confronting JLR’s new bruiser. Spec a Defender up to the hilt and you can be king away from the football field as well as the moorland grouse shoot. It’ll cost you, mind but when did taste overpower money?
For all their current financial woes, JLR in these eyes deserves to turn things around with this car, just like the original did seventy years ago. Back then, the world beat a path to Solihull and demanded these go anywhere vehicles. Will the in excess of £40k price tag inhibit potential buyers? Favourable PCP monthlies will surely mean we see Oliver and Olivia being transported in Nitra sourced splendour anytime soon.
Even if the offer to take up an off-Road driving experience is declined, it’s wonderful to know just how capable this truck is, wherever it’s made, regardless of class. Three years away might just have done the four wheel drive scene the power of good. Now, is there a dam wall that needs ascending