The Land Rover Defender has long been an icon of the British auto industry, being designed and built in the country. Now under Tata ownership, production of the next-generation Defender is set to take place in India.
Not due until 2015, the all-new Defender will apparently be built in Pune, India. In a recent interview with Autocar, Tata chairman Ratan Tata revealed moving production to India would cut costs and in turn keep purchase prices down.
Shifting production to India would also keep it close to key Asia-Pacific markets where the new model is expected to sell especially well, however it is believed some models could be shipped to Europe for final assembly.
The production facilities in Pune are set to build the upcoming Tata Aria SUV. According to the report the next Defender will share much of its major platform dimensions with the Tata so that it can share a similar production line, further saving costs.
As for the specifications and design of the 2015 Defender, it is believed the design will be inspired by the DC100 concepts first unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, while the vehicle will sit on a full frame chassis with the body bonded on top.
A likely choice for the chassis is a revised version of the current T5 platform which underpins the Discovery and the Range Rover Sport. The new model is expected showcase vast improvements over the current model, both dynamically and on the comfort and equipment front.