New Defender ‘bakkie’ on the cards?

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Is Land Rover really working on a Defender based bakkie? Well reports on the internet suggest that they are. According to Land Rover execs there is actually customer demand which makes this idea somewhat feasible.

Most bakkies are of body-on-frame construction but the all-new Defender is built on a unibody platform which makes it easy for engineers to develop a pick-up from a monocoque.

Nick Collins, Land Rover’s executive director of vehicle programmes spoke to British motoring publication Autocar recently where he mentioned that the plan was always to have a Defender family and that we should all watch this space.

What we can only speculate on is that like the current Defender line-up a choice of petrol and diesel engines will be on offer. Another aspect will most likely be trim-levels. Like the Ranger, Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux, it will likely be offered with a comprehensive selection of trim levels, ranging from cheaper and minimalist utility-spec examples right up to more premium offerings at the top end.

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