Bigger Land Rover Defender confirmed by JLR

LONDON — Jaguar Land Rover executives have confirmed that the long-body 130 version of the Land Rover Defender is still in the product plan and will go on sale within the next 18 months.

Plans to include the Defender 130 in the model lineup were leaked ahead of the launch of the two shorter versions in 2019, but the third variant has never been officially confirmed by Land Rover.

The new model will boost sales outside Europe, Chief Financial Officer Adrian Mardell said. “The Defender 130 will hit a sweet spot in North America, China and also the Middle East,

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JLR axed electric Land Rover, Jaguar on MLA platform to focus on better tech

JLR is looking for a partner for a new electric platform for future battery-powered Jaguars.

The reason for cutting the MLA-mid program was partly because it would not have helped JLR make deep enough emissions cuts, Mardell said. “Reimagine is about being one step ahead on compliance. The current MLA program would not have done that for us,” he said. “We would have been in catch-up in this compliance and that just isn’t good enough in this industry today.”

JLR said on Jan. 29 that it now expects a fine of 35 million pounds for missing its 2020 European Union

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JLR seeks partner for Jaguar EV platform

Automakers are increasingly looking outside their company for platforms to increase scale and reduce development costs. Ford  Motor, for example, will use Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-only platform to develop its first Europe-focused battery-powered car, due in 2023.

The choice of partner and platform will be partly dictated by the designs being drawn up by JLR’s head of design, Gerry McGovern. “It has to respect the proportion of the designs,” Bollore said.

McGovern is being given a high level of freedom to decide what type of car the new models will be, and the new architecture will have to fit in

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