Autocar magazine was informed by an inside source that the current Land Rover Defender may soldier on until 2017 or even later as it may be made exempt from current (and the near future) pedestrian impact regulation. This is very good news as I somehow fail to see why anyone would want to stand in the way of a moving Land Rover Defender. One should add that the Defender is pretty noisy even when you’re not in one. And furthermore, one should also learn to keep their eyes open while crossing a road to avoid getting hit by a moving object as large as a Land Rover Defender in the first place.
The other thing that will keep this relic from the 1960s in production is the fact that the current engines are already Euro 6 compliant. While the current Defender was introduced in the 1980s, it still shares a lot of the basic chassis design from that earlier era. Imagine that, something from the 1960s will still be sold a good seventy years down the road.
The only thing truly ‘outdated’ or not fitted to the Land Rover Defender but fitted to most modern cars are the lack of airbags. Of course, you wouldn’t want one blowing up in your face if you were off-roading it and you fell into a deep rut or hole that may cause the electronic nanny into thinking that it was an impact that required the airbag to go off. It however does have ABS and traction control. So it is pretty up to date in the safety department actually.
That being said, if you want something that would be never outdated and in fashion all the time or something which is a ‘current model’, buy yourself a Land Rover Defender. It still be very 'up to date' until 2017.
Maybe Land Rover should just keep the darn thing in production for ever and ever. It's already an icon. I think the DC100 (shown below) should be marketed as a totally new model.