Land Rover is now celebrating the end of an era with three special models of its classic off-road vehicle Defender. The edgy four-wheel drive will be launched in the next few months in a special noble edition, in a tough off-road version and as a nostalgic retro model. End of 2015 then ends the production of the British veteran.
The three special models each emphasize one aspect of Defender. The "Autobiography" version comes in April with extensive features, leather trim and two-color paint on the luxury card and also receives upgraded to 110 kW / 150 PS version of the 2,2-liter diesel engine. The prices are said to be around 64.000 euros. The "Heritage" edition offers nostalgic elements from autumn onwards, such as the classic green and white paint finish and a retro grille. The drive is provided by the standard diesel version with 90 kW / 122 PS. The price ranges from 40.000 to 45.000 Euro. Off-road performance will also be the focus of attention for the special model "Adventure" starting this fall. This underlines, among other things, an additional underride protection, there are also LED headlights and leather trim. Again, the standard diesel is used, the price should be around 45.000 to 50.000 Euro.
The Land Rover Defender has been built since 1948, the only major technical intervention was well over 30 years ago. In less than a year, however, the robust technology has had its day - also because the new EU guidelines for pedestrian protection with the angular body can no longer be met. However, Land Rover is examining whether the model can be built and sold in small numbers outside Europe. 2016 should also be a new edition of the model for Europe - then, of course, with modern technology.
Author: Holger Holzer / SP-X