A tough nut like this could give the existing truck manufacturers a run for their money

The Land Rover Defender is a capable off-roader with a lot of off-road tech and equipment fused with a conventional, boxy design. Even though it has all the characteristics to shine as a pickup truck, don’t expect it to happen any time soon.

However, that doesn’t mean that enthusiasts can’t imagine what it looks like. A rendering artist, Andrew Alewine, uploaded an image of the Defender imagined as a full-size pickup truck. Do you think it looks the part to take on the likes of the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado?

The Defender Pickup Is Boxy, Rugged, And Tough?

Have You Ever Wondered What A Land Rover Defender Would Look Like As A Pickup Truck?
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The Defender pickup is certainly much larger than the standard Defender and has a Hummer vibe to it. Up front, it features a quad-headlight setup on each side along with an LED bad on the bumper. A winch is placed right below it. The branding like the ‘Defender’ lettering on the hood and the ‘Land Rover’ logo on the inward-tilted grille is retained. There is a massive scoop on the hood and a snorkel as well.

The flared out fenders, black cladding, and the big, fat tires play a big role to make it look the part. The short windows make it look like an armored truck, showing that this truck can handle abuse. If you observe carefully, the front windshield has a cut-out, meaning it can be taken off if need be. There’s no view of the rear end, but you can see the side of the truck bed in the image.

Is There A Land Rover Pickup Truck On The Horizon?

Have You Ever Wondered What A Land Rover Defender Would Look Like As A Pickup Truck?
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It’s good to see a Defender-based pickup truck and we certainly wouldn’t mind one from the automaker.

However, a couple of months back, Autocar reported that “Land Rover says a pick-up version of the Defender is “technically possible” on its D7x platform but that such a model isn’t on its radar. The commercial pick-up truck market is very different to where the latest Defender is pitched and, unless such a vehicle were produced in much larger quantities and at lower prices than Land Rover plans, it could prove a distraction from the new Defender’s market.”

So, there go any hopes you had about a Defender-based pickup truck.

What do you have to say about this design, though? Let us know in the comments section below.

2020 Land Rover Defender - U.S. specifications
Land Rover Defender P400 Land Rover Defender P300
Engine Layout Inline 6 Turbocharged with Electric Boost Inline 4 Turbocharged
Displacement (cc) 2,996.0 1,997.3
Bore / Stroke (mm) 83.0 x 92.3 83.0 x 92.3
Compression Ratio (:1) 10.5 9.5
Max Power (hp) 395 @ 5,500rpm 296 @ 5,500rpm
Max Torque (lb ft) 406 @ 2,000-5,000rpm 295 @ 1,500-4,000rpm
Transmission Type ZF® 8-Speed Automatic (8HP76) ZF® 8-Speed Automatic (8HP45)
0-60 mph (s) 5.7 7.7
0-100 km/h (s) 6.0 8.1
50-75 mph (s) 3.6 5.3
Top Speed (mph) 129 119

Source: Andrew Alewine on Behance

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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