Production of Land Rover’s most iconic vehicle will come to an end in December 2015. But before the last Defender SUV rolls off the assembly line, the automaker decided to say goodbye in a big way, by introducing three limited edition variants.
Just one limited edition wasn’t enough to encompass all that the Defender embodies. So Land Rover developed three models, each celebrating different elements of the vehicle’s versatile character.
The Autobiography Edition promises more performance, luxury and comfort ever offered in a Defender. This is made possible by a long list of standard equipment which includes full Windsor leather upholstery and a more powerful engine. A two-tone paint scheme gives this model a posh look and helps it stand out.
Channeling Land Rover’s unique heritage is the aptly named Heritage Edition. This model mixes a nostalgic design complete with Grasmere Green paintwork, a contrasting white roof, and an old school grille. This model is also adorned with HUE 166 badging, which recalls the registration plate of the first ever pre-production Land Rover nicknamed ‘Huey’.
Last but not least is the Adventure Edition. Built for specifically for the great outdoors and for those who aim to take full advantage of the Defender’s off-road capabilities, this model features additional underbody protection and Goodyear MT/R tires to boost the Defender’s already class-leading all-terrain capability. Unique decals and a leather-trimmed cabin ensure the Adventure Edition won’t be mistaken for other Defenders. This model embodies the brand’s unique adventure lifestyle.
“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 Land Rover Vehicle Line Director Rogers. “Whether our customers want to celebrate Land Rover’s unrivaled off-road heritage, demand the ultimate in terms of design and performance or have a genuine thirst for adventure, there will be a limited edition Defender that will be fit for purpose.”
These limited edition models will go on sale later this year with prices ranging from €45,900 to €64,000. Unfortunately, they won’t be in U.S. showrooms. However, they made us very hopeful that the next-generation Defender will come to our shores. If it’s based closely on recent concepts like the DC100, it will be worth the wait. But until then, we’ll just have to drool over these incredible limited editions.