The Defender was one of the best-known off-road and utility crossovers for ages. We say was, because the Land Rover decided to discontinue it in 2016. Nevertheless, see it as a short break for modernization and updates. The new vehicle will come better than ever, with the latest equipment and style. Oh, yes, and in a new shape – as the 2019 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck.
It’s been a while since we could read first rumors about it. Now, the 2019 Land Rover Defender Truck is more realistic than ever. The company is reviving its reputation in the US. There are a lot of truckers, listening about Defender’s capabilities and possible truck appearance. The manufacturer could fulfill their wish and develop the luxury utility off-road truck. It would be one of a kind.
2019 Land Rover Defender Truck Rumors
The first information is saying about the limited time and number for 2019 Land Rover Defender Truck. There will be only a few versions. The plain, base model will serve as the working mule. On the other hand, the company is going to launch a luxury version packed with the latest infotainment and entertaining systems and features. Two plans could build the Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck. A US-version will come from the new factory in Mexico, while the European customers will get models built in Slovakia.
2019 Land Rover Defender Truck Hybrid or EV
Some rumors are going so far, telling the fans that 2019 Land Rover Defender Truck will be a hybrid. Well, the company has the PHEV concept which could be used for the new pickup. With such drivetrain, the vehicle can count on 400 hp rating and range of at least 50 miles before the next recharge.
Nevertheless, we could also see the 2019 Land Rover Defender Truck as a hybrid, with the more powerful conventional drivetrain. The PHEV could later lead to the development of the all-electric Defender. But, we believe that the company would make experiments on the crossover version, and not the truck. At this moment, there are no such pickups on the market. Although Ford announced F-150 Hybrid for the next season, we are still not sure that is happening 100 percent.
2019 Land Rover Defender Truck Petrol Engines
A 2.2-liter diesel engine is a favorite to be the engine for the European market. This four-cylinder drivetrain can produce 120 hp. Also, 260 pound-feet of torque is not making it very capable to tow. But, the company will pay more attention to details and premium interior.
Also, this engine couldn’t pass the strict regulations in the US. So, it could give us a certain argument for the validity of rumors about hybrid, PHEV, and EV engines. But again, Land Rover will find a solution with one of the petrol powertrains from their lineup. A supercharged V-6 from the Range Rover could be the right choice for Americans.
2019 Land Rover Defender Design
How to turn the crossover into the truck? It is not so simple. First concepts are showing us the old Defender with a bed. But, it wouldn’t be able to compete for the modern trucks and even crossovers. For a comfortable ride and reliable transportation of cargo, the 2019 Land Rover Defender will have to make a special team which will develop new bed as the priority. Then, they can move on to the cabin and other important parts. Although this is a luxury truck, its functionality will lure more fans.
Base models of the 2019 Land Rover Defender are not so luxurious. On the far end, the truck will cost pretty expensive with all the premium equipment in the cabin. Well, at this point, we can’t know exactly what to expect. Features such as navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rearview camera, and other assist accessories will be spread across the whole offer of trim levels for the upcoming Defender truck.