Indian Import: Next Land Rover Defender Could be Built in India

While we don't know for sure whether or not the all-new Land Rover Defender will make it to U.S. shores, we do know that the automaker has plans will likely build the vehicle at Tata Motors' manufacturing facility in Pune, India.

Tata chairman Ratan Tata told Autocar the main reasons for doing so would be to keep manufacturing costs down -- possibly permitting an affordable pricetag -- and to keep Defender operations close to Asia-Pacific markets, where Tata expects the iconic off-roader to sell in high volumes. Interestingly, some Defender models would be sent back to the Solihull plant in the U.K. for final assembly as part of what the company is calling a "reverse complete knock down" (CKD) operation.

If the plan gets the green light, there's a good chance the Defender will share chassis and suspension parts with the Tata Aria SUV. The new Defender will be built upon the heavy-duty chassis used by the LR3, which has similar dimensions and specs to the Aria chassis and would allow it to share the same manufacturing process as the Aria. As for styling, executives have said that the DC concepts, which first debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt show, could offer a glimpse of what's to come from the off-roader, but do not necessarily represent the final design.

Source: Autocar

Well, this is a shame as i have seen what appears to be the "new" Defender concepts which will be the baseline for the next "Defender". What a shame, that new design is not even close to being a Land Rover. What makes these companies believe that all changes are better?...They are not, and this one is not. Range Rover and Land Rover have a tremendous heritage....a BRITISH heritage....not India(n). This is the problem with this so-called "global" economy...companies that have a distinct national heritage are bought by companies from another countery who DON'T CARE ABOUT THE HERITAGE OF IT'S CREATING COUNTRY, OR HOME COUNTRY. You need to do Land Rover a favor, and use the name "Freelander II" for this design, because it is not a Defender, not matter what capabilities it has. What made a Defender special, was its heritage of a Land Rover "Box" design, go anywhere bulletproof engines and off-road capability........I knew TATA motors wouldn't keep their hands out of it, and to be built in India on top of that,,,,,it is a British it in Britain!

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