With the help of a big investment from a billionaire.
Just six months after the last Land Rover Defender rolled off the assembly line, Jaguar-Land Rover could be in talks to revive the legendary off-roader. The Sunday Times in the UK reported that billionaire Jim Ratcliffe held talks with executives at JLR to revive the Defender. Ratcliffe is the founder of a chemical company called Ineos, which is worth around £3.2 billion ($4.15 billion). It is unknown whether Ratcliffe is interested in buying the intellectual property, or the production line. Either way, we could see more Land Rover Defenders.
JLR is currently working on an all-new Defender which is set to debut sometime in 2018-2019. No one is 100% sure about what we can expect from the new Defender, but we all know how legendary the original model was. The production lineup didn't run for over 60-years for no reason. We really hope that Ratcliffe can reach a deal with JLR. We would love to see even more Defenders on the road.