Since its inception 70 years ago, the Land Rover Defender has undergone the most extensive redesign in its storied history. All but the most hard core traditionalist seem to be impressed with how designers have balanced the need to bring the marque into the 21st century while maintaining ties to its heritage. Regardless of how the new design strikes you, one have to recognize how adept Land Rover has become at telling launch and feature stories. Clear explanations of the vehicle’s sophisticated design, capabilities, technology, and masterfully capturing of the Defender going through its paces across a range of unique terrain inspires.
Rivian showed up at Overland Expo West with a bivouac capable version of its electric pickup truck. The unique pass through storage space located behind the passenger compartment contains an overlanding kitchen with inductive cook range and sink with an electric pump. All accessories draw upon the 180kw battery. Although this is just a concept for now, it gets one thinking about the future promise of zero emissions overlanding that is just around the bend.
Volvo’s Polestar helped shape perceptions of the brand’s performance capabilities. Now, Volvo has announced the Polestar 2 which will usher the brand into new, fully electric vehicle territory. The future looks bright if Volvo can indeed follow this guiding start. Check out more on Volvo’s site.