Rumour has it that JLR is planning a 'Baby' Defender
Move aside, Jimny. There's a new cute off-roader in town
The new Defender has caused a stir in Land Rover's arsenal. Purists dislike the new styling, while the majority of those who've driven it absolutely adore it.
There's now talks of the British luxury motor company, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) expanding the Defender line-up with a new 'baby' model, and it's expected to be much more affordable.
The current 'full-size' Defender seen at Beadles Land Rover Southend
While the latest model retails at around the £45k mark, the new Baby Defender will cost around £25K - opening up the Defender up to a whole new market and target audience.
The styling promises to stick heavily to the full-fat Defender, but will almost certainly have a less-plush cabin, and possibly less technology in an attempt to keep the price tag down.
JLR's current baby SUV, the Jaguar E-Pace
Aimed at rivalling the likes of the Mini Countryman, VW Tiguan, Volvo XC40, BMW X1 and even the Suzuki Jimny, the Baby Defender will fall straight into already competitive section of the automotive market.
It's also rumoured to be powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine that will initially be front-wheel drive only, with all-wheel drive and hybrid versions coming shortly after. This, however, isn't set in stone as models could also use JLR's tried and proven 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.
A render from Dejan Hristov - https://www.behance.net/gallery/91492155/Baby-Defender
The Baby Defender is expected to arrive in 2020, so expect Spy shots of prototype models next year.