I disagree. DI and DII kitted our with brush guard and rack was inspiring. Defender has always been adventure inspiring. I’d say adventure and play thing are the same. Not the play thing level of those side by sides, but play things nonetheless.Only the Wrangler has that image; and it's far less of an adventure image and much more of a "play" image.
They aren’t on the same level as far as tech, luxury, ride quality, etc.; however, that’s not what really sells. Sex sells. Joint strike fighter for example. Yes there’s more to the JSF, but looks play a part. They always will and always have. Defender, in laymen’s terms, sexy. New Defender, bland. It’s just like every other Kiayotissordai. I just can’t wait to see how awkward it looks when they unveil it with a white roof.