A trio of special edition Land Rover Defenders has been unveiled, to mark the end of production for the iconic model later on this year.
Badged Autobiography, Adventure and Heritage, the three models each looks at the Defender from a different angle.
You’ll need to dig deep if you want to get behind the wheel of the Autobiography model – priced from £61,845 (and, yes, you did read that right), it comes with a 150PS power upgrade, Windsor leather upholstery (we assume, at that price, sourced from the Royal household from which it takes its name) and two-tone paintwork. A veritable bargain, we’re sure. Just 80 will be made in 90 Station Wagon format only.
The Adventure model celebrates the more intrepid side of Defender ownership. It comes fitted with additional underbody protection and beefy Goodyear mud tyres to boost the Defender’s all-terrain capability, while fans of the G4 Challenge will identify with the vivid orange colour scheme. A total of 600 Adventure Editions, all with full leather, will be available in the UK, priced at £43,495.
Finally, there’s the Heritage edition, which at £27,800 seems a bargain by comparison (it’s also my favourite – Ed). Inspired by early Land Rovers, it has exclusive ‘Grasmere Green’ paintwork and a contrasting white roof. A Heritage style grille and graphics depicting ‘HUE 166’ – the first ever production Land Rover – further identify the model, which goes on sale in August.
Land Rover has also indicated that it’s potentially looking at continuing Defender production outside the UK after the model retires from the Lode Lane facility later this year, for continued sale in non-European markets. So the Defender, maybe, is not dead yet…
Meanwhile, until production ceases in the autumn, Land Rover is running tours of the existing Defender production line. Tours cost £45 per person and are available on a first come, first served basis. To arrange a visit to the home of Land Rover, call: +44 (0)121 700 4619.