Land Rover shoots down rumors of Defender resurrection

\"We\'re not going to let anyone build our Defender,\" says Land Rover.

Land Rover has shot down a recent rumor that claims a British businessman is working on resurrecting the iconic Defender.

"There is no way this is happening. We're not going to let anyone build our Defender," affirmed a company spokesman in a statement emailed to British magazine Autocar. Land Rover later confirmed that there are absolutely no plans to restart production of the last-gen Defender (pictured).

The rumor claimed Jim Ratcliffe, the 63-year old founder of a chemical company called Ineos, was talking with top Jaguar-Land Rover executives about bringing the Defender back after a short hiatus. Production was set to take place in England, though the report didn't specify where.

Land Rover has repeatedly stressed that the Defender will make a comeback in the not-too-distant future. A new, second-generation model is currently under development, and it is scheduled to make its official debut before the turn of the decade.

The off-roader is in for a massive redesign. We don't know what it will look like yet, but we know that it will likely ditch the last-gen model's rugged body-on-frame construction and instead adopt a unibody platform made out of aluminum. Several body styles will be offered, and most of them will be sold in the United States.

Photo by Ronan Glon.

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