- Looks like: Land Rover wants to redefine off-roading for the 21st century
- Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid capability
- Ridiculous features: Telemetry sensors might ruin some of the off-roading thrill
- Chances of being mass-produced: 100%; 50-50 if it comes to the U.S.
On Wednesday, Jaguar showed off a pure rear-wheel-drive sports coupe concept that points to a green, techy theme for the brand’s future models. Today, Jaguar’s sister company, Land Rover, gave us an indication of what it thinks its brand will stand for in the 21st century — mostly green and techy like Jaguar, but with a rugged, versatile twist. All of these ideas are packaged into the venerable Defender model, a namesake for Land Rover.
For those who might not be familiar with the nameplate, the Defender is to Land Rover what the Wrangler is to Jeep. It’s the iconic core identity for the brand, and there are hints that the British SUV maker is open to the idea of bringing the Defender back to the U.S. with something that will look like this concept.