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Looks just like a Defender, doesn't it? : credit: © Munro
Our thoughts exactly. But it’s not. It’s called the Munro and apparently it is ‘the world’s most capable all-electric 4x4’.

The global launch event was after we went to press, so at the time of writing we could only confirm a few details. It is designed and built in Britain, and it will be the first vehicle to enter volume production in Scotland in more than four decades. It is powered by a ‘state-of-the-art electric powertrain’ and ‘best-in-class’ mechanical 4x4 driveline, enabling it to enjoy exceptional off-road ability. It’s said to be an opportunity for the mining, construction, agriculture, forestry and mountain rescue sectors to decarbonise. There’s no word on range, just a vague assertion that it can operate for up to 16 hours on a single battery charge. It seats five, has a 1000kg payload and 3500kg towing capacity. Claimed strengths are off-road performance, reliability, ease-of-repair and longevity. Sounds familiar except it’s electric and not wearing a green oval badge. Munro’s CEO, Russell Peterson, is bullish about the car’s capabilities: “This early sketch of the Munro MK_1 by our award-winning in-house designer Ross Compton, underlines our design commitment to build an all-terrain electric 4x4 engineered from the wheels up to provide unparalleled workhorse capability for commercial customers looking to decarbonise their fleets. The Munro MK_1 will effortlessly go to places others can’t reach, with bulletproof durability and ultra-low running costs.” Looks like someone is taking advantage after the UK High Court rejected Land Rover’s appeal for registration of the Defender shape. It also seems as though the Ineos Grenadier may have a rival. We’ll keep you posted.

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