What?s so frustrating is that there is a market for real 4x4s and Land Rover refuses to acknowledge it. Them and most other manufacturers
Optimistic for what? Looks like 20" wheels and low profile tires on air suspension. If it comes with F+R lockers, Id be impressed, otherwise its a D5 with a different body.
Land Rover lost me after the D2. Im not interested in IFS/IRS for any sort of offroading. This will be a hit for the soccer moms and posers that like to say they have the latest and greatest. No different than most other luxury SUV's
Toyota and Jeep have both done a good job of keeping a firm hold for the general population of enthusiasts. Without those two brands, there would be nothing available for the US market. Maybe not exactly our ideal platform, but you can't deny them their success.
I believe the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado will continue to do well as that segment grows.
Maybe... These days bigger brakes mean that smaller wheel options are limited. Same with the suspension. Modern vehicles are becoming more computer controlled, which means modifying anything becomes a PIA.I'm hoping lockers will be an option. We all know wheel/tire size and suspension can be modified.
Disco5 or Rio. Decisions,decisions,decisions
Rubicon wheel wells most likely accommodate 35" from the factory based on my cursory reading, it will be interesting to see how the "Defender" is configured. I am doubting it will have 33" tires or 17" wheels,
A modestly equipped Rubicon exceeds 45k, a 3k RRC with 32" tires and a rear locker should keep up with it no problemo.