Trademark filings have revealed plans to launch an all-new Land Rover Defender, with Jaguar Land Rover seeking to protect its rights to the name ahead of a mooted 2019 launch for the new car.
The filings also appear to head-off the reported interest from Jim Ratcliffe's company Ineos to revive production on the old Defender.
Both applications are still pending, but show the company’s plans for a next-generation Defender – due in 2019 – continue to progress.
“The registering of trademarks in various categories and classes is a routine practice," a JLR spokesperson told Autocar.
"The Defender remains a key part of our future product strategy, and the development of the next generation model remains on track as does our ongoing Land Rover Reborn programme, through Land Rover Classic."