This is the only Defender I can afford
On a serious note. I think this new Defender looks good and is priced reasonable within it's market segment.
You could easily double them in price with options today.
both vehicles in civilian trim have always been utilities vehicles that were also bought as fashion accessories.
This isn't a Defender specific thing.
The only kind of clientelle for these things are ultra-rich who just like the quirkiness of it and buy it as a toy. Probably British royal family will be seen going in these for their annual duck hunting endeavor. And maybe one seen in some Qatar's king's 200-car garage lost among Lambos and Bugattis.
Can't imagine any sane ordinary person with less than 7-figure income spending this much money on a tarded looking Rubik's Cube with zero practicality or ... anything for that matter. Don't even know what's the point in these. Although I appreciate they exist.
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For those saying that there's no market for a new Defender that's more in line with what Defenders are supposed to be then they need look no further than something like the Suzuki Jimny which is for all intents and purposes still very utilitarian and a terrible car unless it's being used offroad (solid axles, a shortwheelbase and a high revving, low powered engine do not a great daily make). The Land Cruiser 70 is another great example of a very basic vehicle that remains popular.
The original Defender sold just fine in its basic state for decades, that was in fact its major selling point and it certainly didn't prevent mall-crawling poser and overlanders alike from buying them in droves. Posers loved them too and many a wealthy person can still be seen cruising around in the basic Defenders just for the image even though they must be a chore to daily drive.
I'm not a fan of the new Defender because it's supposed to be the basic, utilitarian workhorse of the Land Rover stable. The new model seems overly complex and that doesn't make sense given that LR already has the Discovery and Range Rover models to fill these role. There is far too much overlap between all these models. I shudder to think of the troubles one might run into when trying to do some serious offroading in one of these given the complexity.
Perhaps none of these factors will hamper its popularity for those driven by trends for the latest fads but it is somewhat disappointing to see yet another overly complex offroader although the thought of a hybrid overlander that has amazing range and instant torque when required is tempting, however Land Rover is not known for their electronic competence.
Now a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 hybrid on the other hand....
Last edited by chopWet; 09-12-2019 at 05:47 AM.
It should've been very basic. They made it an off-road Rolls Royce instead.
Hell, Ford Raptors or GMC Sierra AT-4s/Denalis are also over $60K off-road oriented machines.
The upcoming Ford Bronco certainly will follow the Jeep example and chase the $$$.
If you really want an off-road rig to safely abuse, buy a use JK Wrangler.
New car manufacturers really aren't in the business of selling off-road trucks for the poor.
LR already has rather plush vehicles in its stable, the Discovery is certainly too complex to be taken seriously.
Isn't there too much overlap between Land Rover and Range Rover?
I thought Michelins were the only acceptable tyre on anything around these parts these days?
Right, this isn't rather plush.LR already has rather plush vehicles in its stable, the Discovery is certainly too complex to be taken seriously.
what now?Isn't there too much overlap between Land Rover and Range Rover?