The Land-Rover Defender has quite a bit to reply for. Not the brand new, shiny, SUV from JLR, however the brawny unique, with its agricultural journey and cliff-edge styling. A little bit little bit of the Defender’s off-road DNA was scattered to the winds as soon as the Defender lastly ceased manufacturing in 2020. A few of it landed with corporations who proceed to outfit and improve the timeless unique, and a few with new corporations who’ve taken direct ‘inspiration’ for their very own merchandise.
The latter consists of the likes of the Ineos Grenadier and the Bollinger B1 and B2, each of which might be mistaken for a Land-Rover down a muddy observe on a darkish night time. Now there are two extra contenders for new-era replacements, each of which use electrification as their promoting level.
The Munro Mk1 is a brand new machine from Munro, a Scottish firm that claims it’ll be the nation’s ‘first gentle car to enter manufacturing in additional than 4 many years’. Boasting quite a few spectacular endurance stats, together with a 50-year lifespan, the Munro Mk1 is being pitched at industrial sectors that want dependable, all-weather, go-anywhere transport for small groups of staff.
The design is suitably brutish and stripped down. The primary few examples can be hand-built, with plans to develop manufacturing to round 2,500 automobiles a 12 months. Founders Russell Peterson and Ross Anderson named the corporate for the phrase defining a Scottish mountain over 3,000 ft. Again in 2019, they got down to electrify the sector with a easy however sturdy machine that may have widespread attraction and utility.
Additionally on the playing cards is the Fering Pioneer, an electrical ‘expedition car’ designed by engineer Ben Scott-Geddes, whose credit embody work for Ferrari and McLaren. Scott-Geddes’ different ardour is adventuring, and the Pioneer is meant to be a long-haul EV able to crossing any sort of terrain. It shares an analogous aesthetic to the Munro Mk1, proving that Land-Rover will need to have acquired it proper all these years in the past.
Munro Mk1, from £49,995, deliveries in 2023, Munro-EV.com (opens in new tab)
Fering Pioneer, value tbc, Fering.co.uk (opens in new tab)