Land Rover Defender To Live On, If Only Until 2017

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Land Rover's though off-roader will be staying around a bit longer.

For a while, it looked as though the Defender, the model which lends the entire company lineup a bit more off-road credibility, might be legislated out of existence. Between emissions and pedestrian safety laws, the Defender's future looked bleak. It has now been granted a short reprieve, thanks in part to a new 2.2-liter diesel engine that meets the new EU6 emissions standards. This alone can keep the Defender in the lineup until 2017.

The flat front still fails to meet pedestrian safety regulations, but Land Rover was able to get the Defender reclassified as a commercial vehicle (which is fair, some businesses do require off-road vehicles), and as such it is now compliant up until 2020. There have never been that many Defenders around, but trying to imagine Land Rover without it is like trying to imagine Jeep without the Wrangler, just not as serious a company. We're glad it will be sticking around a bit longer.

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