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The Defender should be on sale in the first half of 2019.

Anonymous Land Rover insiders once again insinuate that a fully electrified version of the next-gen Defender would be part of the new model's lineup. The unnamed sources tell Motoring that the current plan is for the EV to have at least one motor and a high-capacity battery, but these folks wouldn't provide any further info.

Current rumors indicate that the new Defender would debut in production form at Land Rover's 70th anniversary celebration in the second half of 2018. Actual sales would commence in the first half of 2019, and the revived off-roader would eventually be available globally, including in the United States.

Land Rover has reportedly abandoned plans to use the DC100 concept (below) as the styling inspiration for the new Defender because of a poor reception to the retro-inspired show car. Instead, the company has decided on what Land Rover creative director Gerry McGovern called a "polarizing" look, and he promised that it wasn't "a facsimile of the old one."

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