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A small and electric Land Rover Defender sounds likely for 2027

The Land Rover Defender might be getting an electric little brother. According to an Autocar report, a jaguar-Land Rover

The might getting an electric little brother. According to an Autocar report, a - executive recently revealed some interesting details an investor conference.

This so-called baby Defender is said to use JLR's Electric Modular Architecture (EMA) platform and is expected to arrive in 2027. This platform will also be used for the upcoming Evoque, Range Rover Velar, And — all small to mid-size sporty SUVs.

The Defender has long been Land Rover's explorer's SUV. The current model was introduced in 2020 and is a stark departure from the boxy original, with a sleek unibody and an interior aimed an -market crowd. The upcoming EV Defender will likely follow the same cues while still emphasizing the go-, do-anything ethos of the predecessor.

A smaller, less-expensive EV Defender would likely be a hit. It would follow the hot trend of modern, adventure-ready SUVs. The is one of the automaker's most in-demand vehicles. Just last , Toyota revealed an ultra-capable and less expensive Land Cruiser, which is only available with a hybrid powerplant. Others, like Rivian's lineup and Jeep's plug-in Wrangler, show demand for alternative powertrain options in overlanding vehicles.

According to the Autocrat , JLR plans to release the smaller electric Defender for the 2027 lineup.

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