Land Rover Austin is joining the rest of the off-road world in bidding a fond farewell to the rugged and iconic Defender, descendent of the original, Series I Land Rover, which will go off sale this year. But first the company is celebrating the car’s long-lived life with the introduction of a trio of special edition Defenders!
First up is the Heritage Edition, which is inspired by early Land Rover models. It features green paintwork, a contrasting white roof, a retro front grille design and HUE 166 graphics, which recall the registration plate of the first ever pre-production Land Rover, nicknamed ‘Huey’. There will be 400 examples of the Heritage will be offered in the UK.
The Autobiography Edition promises more performance, comfort and luxury than any previous Defender with its unique two-tone paintwork, full leather upholstery and Defender’s 2.2-liter diesel engine that has been given a power upgrade from 121 hp to 148. Just 80 of these cars will be available in the UK.
Finally, there’s the Adventure Edition, which is said to embrace the Defender’s ‘go anywhere, do anything’ attitude. It comes fitted with additional underbody protection and Goodyear MT/R off-road tires, while the interior is trimmed in leather and the exterior features unique decals. A total of 600 Adventure Editions will available to UK buyers.
Nick Rogers, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director, said: “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 car to reflect its strength and breadth of character.”
The 3 special edition Defenders will unfortunately not be making their way overseas to the U.S., however, if you have the means and the money then you might just be able to get your hands on one of these beauties.
Call Land Rover Austin in Austin, Texas today to find out more and to see if we can possibly assist in landing you behind the wheel of one of these rare and soon-to-be infamous machines.