INEOS, a multinational chemical company that has been linked with the rebirth of the Land Rover Defender, has admitted that it intends to build a new interpretation of the off-roader, rather than update the old one. It could rival the new Defender, due in 2018.
The company has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, after rumours linked boss Jim Ratcliffe with an arrangement that could have brought the Defender back to life. JLR sources had been quick to quash the speculation, however, asserting that: “No one is building our Defender.”
In an exclusive interview with Auto Express, INEOS director Tom Crotty told Auto Express: “Conversations with JLR confirm they are committed to the Defender. We want to build something that has the look and capability of a Defender, but with improved reliability.”