Land Rover Defender limited edition revealed

The 2011 Defender X-Tech Limited Edition builds on the go-anywhere ability of the standard model and adds distinctive style to the range.

More often known for its off-road ability and workhorse-like performance, the Defender has been updated with a black finish to the roof and wheel arches, contrasted against a ‘Zermatt Silver’ body colour.

Gloss black 16" Saw Tooth alloy wheels complete the exterior looks, while inside an ebony interior includes leather seats and new leather side bolsters.

Based on the Defender 90 Hard Top Commercial version, the special edition is fitted with a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine and comes in four-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission.

Capable of delivering 360Nm of torque, the powertrain is ideal for towing, off-road and on-road driving.

Mechanically, the Land Rover retains all the features of the standard 90 Hard Top, with all the available options retained.

The model also comes with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Electronic Traction Control (ETC) as options to improve safety when driving, and front and rear mudflaps, headlamp levelling and side steps improve off-road practicality.

The Land Rover Defender has not changed much in terms of design in the past 25 years and was updated again in 2010.

Land Rover will hope the new, meaner looking Defender will take advantage of a surge of interest in the premium 4x4s. In 2010, sales of the Defender rose by 11 per cent compared to 2009.

The Land Rover Defender X-Tech Limited Edition will go on sale from March 2011 starting at £24,995.