Land Rover “knows what the new Defender should be”, according to a senior source, but the company is still working out how it will be engineered and put into production.
As part of the plan, it is likely to cut down on the huge variation of commercial body variations and allow military sales to dwindle.
Land Rover started work on its replacement to the iconic 62-year-old Defender, known internally as Project Icon, in March this year.
Tata Motors signed off funds for a full engineering and design programme for the car and the project has therefore been granted a place in Land Rover’s product cycle and is due to be launched in 2014.
Land Rover insiders have admitted the brand needs a greater clarity and some customers find its current model line-up confusing.