Land rover drops a huge Defender pick-up truck hint
Do we want one? I do
Land Rover might be getting closer to their biggest reveal in a long time as they've recently confirmed that all options are on the table, including a potential pick-up truck offering to rival the Ford Ranger and the VW Amarok.
The company has said on numerous occasions that a 4X4 pick-up option would be "technically possible” but they haven't actually done anything about it so far. However, that may change soon because Nick Collins, JLR's executive director, recently suggested that a Defender pick-up truck will be built if “there is customer demand” enough to justify one.
"There are no structural limitations [and] you can make a pick-up from a monocoque," Collins said. "We always said the Defender would be a family". Most pick-ups you can buy today are actually based on vehicles with a separate chassis and body but should JLR build a pick-up truck (if and when they do), I guess they'd simply do whatever works best.
The Defender is priced and positioned in the mid-to-high end of the market, which is why a Defender pick-up would probably be targeting the US market. As things stand, the Defender is available as a 3-door SUV (90) or a 5-door SUV (110) but Land Rover will probably launch a 130 variant, with an extended rear load bay.
This is nothing new, we've seen open-backed variants for the original 90, 110 and even the previous gen. Defender (1990-2016), but it would certainly be exciting to find out what a pick-up based on the new Defender would look like.