All good things must come to an end, and the end is near for the Land Rover Defender. Solihull production of the current Defender is due to end in December 2015, and Land Rover will use this year to celebrate its global automotive icon. For the farewell, LR has released three limited edition Defenders. Why three?
“We wanted to mark the end of Defender production at Solihull with a special edition but coming up with a single identity was impossible, so we developed three very different interpretations of the Defender to reflect its strength and breadth of character,” said Nick Rogers, Land Rover vehicle line director.
The exclusive Autobiography Edition is the posh one, with its comprehensive equipment list, unique dual-tone paintwork, full Windsor leather upholstery and a power upgrade from 122 PS to 150 PS. Only 80 Defender Autobiography Editions will be available in the UK, produced exclusively as a 90 Station Wagon and priced from £61,845 (RM334,966).
The Heritage Edition mixes nostalgic design cues with modern creature comforts. Identified by Grasmere Green paint and a contrasting white roof, it also comes with a heritage grille and HUE 166 graphics, recalling the reg plate of the first ever pre-production Land Rover nicknamed ‘Huey’. It hits showrooms from August with production limited to 400 units. Prices will start from £27,800 (RM150,577).
The Adventure Edition is the tough guy. It comes with additional underbody protection and Goodyear MT/R tyres to boost the Defender’s famed all-terrain capability. Unique decals and a leather-trimmed cabin ensure the Adventure Edition stands out from the Defender crowd. A total of 600 units will be made, priced at £43,495 (RM235,575).
While wiping tears and cringing at the thought of the DC100 concept, take heart that Land Rover is investigating the possibility of maintaining production of the current Defender at an overseas production facility. Any continuation would see low volume production maintained for sale outside the EU.