Land Rover is launching the last hurrah for current-generation Land Rover Defender with a trio of new limited edition commemorative models. Acccording to Land Rover, each model in the line-up: the Defender Autobiography Edition, Heritage Edition and Adventure Edition, has been designed to celebrate a different part of the Defender’s character. “We wanted to mark the end of Defender production at Solihull with a special edition but coming up with a single identity was impossible,” said Land Rover vehicle line director Nick Rogers. “So we developed three very different interpretations of the Defender to reflect its strength and breadth of character.”
The exclusive Autobiography Edition promises more luxury, equipment and performance that any previous Defender with a combination of unique interior and exterior features. Only 80 limited examples will be available in the UK, outfitted with a range of exclusive features like unique two-tone body finishes, LED headlamps and special 16-inch gloss black Sawtooth alloy wheels. It also features machined aluminium details on the bonnet, door handles and filler cap, plus Windsor leather on the interior and premium leather seats embossed with the Defender’s logo. Power has also been boosted by 28bhp to a capable 148bhp.
The 400 available Heritage Edition models, meanwhile, has been created as a modern reinterpretation of the original pre-production Series I model, which first debuted in 1947. Traditional features include Grasmere Green metallic paint and a white roof, plus a heritage-style grille, headlamp surrounds and heavy-duty steel wheels along with other historic exterior touches. While the outside is directly inspired by the earliest Land Rovers, it comes with a full range of luxury modern finishes on the inside, including perforated leather on the steering wheel and gear lever. Almond Resolve cloth upholstery, plus rubber floormats and a padded cubby box ensure the functionality of the Heritage model, while seven full-sized seats leave room for all the family.
Finally, Land Rover’s Adventure Edition Defender aims to pump up the model’s credentials as the go-to vehicle of choice of expeditions and explorers. Adding to the Defender’s impressive off-road features, the Adventure model features new underbody protection, plus high-grip Goodyear MT/R tyres. Available in three striking metallic colours with contrasting black finish on the grille, bonnet and roof, the model also comes with a roof rack, snorkel and rear access ladder. Receiving the same power boost as the Autobiography, the final model also features the same Windsor leather interior along with a full leather steering wheel and LED headlights. The limited edition Land Rover Autobiography Defender model will be available from April this year, while the Heritage and Adventure Edition models will be available from August. Prices start at £27,800 for the Heritage Edition, £43,495 for the Adventure Edition and £61,845 for the Autobiography Edition.