Or has the brand learned its lesson?
Remember when Land Rover built a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque? We don't blame you if you forgot because the ill-conceived convertible SUV only lasted for two model years (2017 and 2018) before the Evoque was replaced with an all-new model. Much like the universally maligned Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, the Evoque Convertible was a slow seller and it didn't make sense to offer it in a new generation.
You might think the idea of a roofless SUV is silly but many of the first SUVs came with this feature and the Jeep Wrangler continues to offer it even to this day. Ford's upcoming Bronco might finally give the Wrangler a roofless rival but would Land Rover be crazy enough to jump back into the fray with a roofless version of the new Defender?
Despite just been revealed, speculation of future Defender variants has already begun. Land Rover has reportedly scrapped any plans for a Defender pickup truck, but what about a convertible? X-Tomi Design, chose to get imaginative by rendering what the two-door Defender 90 would look like without a roof. As we might have been able to guess without seeing a rendering, it looks pretty cool.
Obviously, the rendering simply pictures what the Defender would look like without a roof but doesn't factor in how it would incorporate one into the mix. The Wrangler, for example, still has a roll cage around it when the roof is down and the soft top folds up into a bunch towards the back of the vehicle.
Land Rover obviously has some historical precedence for building a convertible Defender, given the original model didn't have a roof. But it seems like an expensive endeavor that wouldn't yield too many additional sales and with the company's recent financial struggles, we'd say a convertible Defender is only an amusing dream.
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