Its a sad day…British car manufacturer Land Rover has announced it will be stopping production of the original off-roader in just two years. Although the name “Defender” has only been used since 1990, the vehicle itself can be traced all the way back to the original Series I Land Rover from 1948.
The end of the Defender in 2015 is mostly an issue of emissions compliance as the bulky SUV can’t be retrofitted to meet today’s clean-air standards in its various markets. While it’s sad to see such an iconic vehicle end its run, the company claims “a replacement vehicle will join the Land Rover range.” So far no real details are known regarding the Defender’s replacement
Until I save up enough for a G-Wagon this will have to do!…Based on the original Land Rover, the Defender has looked essentially the same since its introduction in 1983. To celebrate their 65th anniversary, Land Rover has introduced the Land Rover Defender LXV Special Edition. Truth be told, it should be titled “Limited Edition” as only 65 of these iconic vehicles will be made. Exterior upgrades include 16 inch “Sawtooth” alloy wheels and Santorini black body color with contrasting roof, grill, and headlight surrounds sprayed Corris Grey. On the inside you will find leather seating with LXV embossed head-rests and orange stitching. And in typical Defender fashion, not much else. Power comes from a 2.2 liter diesel.
EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED IN THIS SNOW. Danish tuning company Startech has leaked a custom variant for one of our most favorite vehicles, the Land Rover Defender. On display at this year’s Essen Motorshow, the Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition is essentially a standard hardtop Defender SVX from the outside only distinguished by its custom bright white paint, running boards with integrated entrance lights and wider tires. The interior, however, is a different story completely. Startech has swapped out the standard leather with a custom navy blue leather complete with contrasting seams. The leather is liberally applied across nearly every coverable surface including the paint-matched Recaro seats. Other “upgrades” include a navy blue Alcantara headliner, navigation and revamped sound system, custom steering wheel, and other component upgrades — many swathed in the same custom leather