It is being reported that some models in the current Land Rover Defender range may be given a reprieve from being discontinued in 2015. It is likely that the current and long-running Defender will remain in production until at least 2017, This date is, of course, two years after the suggested launch of the all-new Defender replacement - recently premiered as the DC100 concept - in 2015.
The 110 and 130 versions of the Defender are likely to be the models that stay in production after the launch of the new SWB Defender. This is thought to be as a result of changes in the legislation that was likely to end current Defender in production. It is now believed that the new 2.2-litre diesel engine for 2012 model year Defenders will meet EU6 standards of emissions regulations that will restrict diesel engine pollutants further in 2015/16. It has also been further suggested that the Defender might not have to comply with EU6 until a later date because some years ago it was reclassified as a commercial vehicle.
It is thought that more restrictive laws about pedestrian safety criteria were likely to outlaw the shape of the current Defender in 2015, but Land Rover now believes that an exemption from this mandated requirement until 2020 might be given.