Land Rover Defender has finally bidded adieu after 68 years of extravagant journey as the last unit was rolled out of Solihull production facility a couple of days back. To mark this wonderful occasion, the company invited more than 700 current and former Solihull employees. These employees were involved in the production of Series Land Rover and Defender vehicles. Also, the British luxury marquee also announced a new Heritage Restoration Programme, which will be based on the site of the existing Solihull production line.
Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Today we celebrate what generations of men and women have done since the outline for the Land Rover was originally drawn in the sand. The Series Land Rover, now Defender, is the origin of our legendary capability, a vehicle that makes the world a better place, often in some of the most extreme circumstances. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Defender, among all our employees, but this is not the end. We have a glorious past to champion, and a wonderful future to look forward to.”
Coming to the Heritage Restoration Programme, it would be based on the site of the existing Solihull production line. A team of experts, including some long serving Defender employees, will oversee the restoration of a number of Series Land Rovers sourced from across the globe. The first vehicles will go on sale in July 2016. The Defender Celebration in Solihull saw more than 25 unique vehicles from Land Rover’s history come together in a procession around the Solihull plant, featuring the final current Defender vehicle off the line. Land Rover associates were joined by a number of previous employees from the past 68 years to help celebrate this historic day.
Land Rover has managed to auction off the Defender 2,000,000 for no less than £400,000. The sale took place this week at a Bonhams charity auction and the winning bidder has wished to remain anonymous, but we do know he is from Qatar. Chances are we are dealing with the most expensive production Land Rover ever sold and the good news is the money will go to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Born Free Foundation. The funds will be utilized to help out the communities in the South-East Nepal region and also to support the Project Lion Rover wildlife conservation initiative that takes place in Kenya at the Meru National Park.
The car in question is the 2,000,000th Defender built by Land Rover at the famous factory in Solihull. The vehicle was assembled back in May with help from Land Rover ambassadors such as Bear Grylls as well as by the sons of the company’s founder Maurice Wilks. Compared to the regular Defender, this one comes with special badging, an engraved map of Red Wharf Bay, different seats and an aluminum plaque signed by those involved in the building process.
The Defender will be discontinued early next year and it won’t be until 2017 or 2018 when a new generation will be launched.
The aftermarket specialists at Startech have introduced their Land Rover Defender Sixty8. It’s based on the Defender 110 Station Wagon and comes with a Santorini Black roof and a Corris Grey Metallic body paint while up front it benefits from LED headlights. It has also gained a wide variety of other upgrades such as the tubular side steps, extended fender flares and an aluminum skid plate while the tinted rear windows are also part of the package. The off-roader is now riding on Monostar D 18-inch alloys wrapped around in BF Goodrich All-Terrain A/T tires.
Stepping inside the cabin, the Land Rover Defender Sixty8 by Startech comes with alloy pedals, a sport steering wheel and heated front sport seats as well as an aluminum gear knob and stainless steel scuff plates. The tuner has also applied a lovely Tan Light Brown / Ebony Black premium leather upholstery with diamond quilting and for entertainment there’s an Alpine infotainment system with support for GPS and a rearview camera.
Under the hood resides a turbodiesel 2.2-liter engine with 122 PS and 360 Nm mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and a permanent AWD. It runs the 0-100 km/h sprint in 15.8 seconds and tops out at 145 km/h.
Startech is making only 68 units and they are asking €67,990 for the 5-seat model whereas the 7-seater will set you back €69,900.
Land Rover is retiring the iconic Defender through a trio of final special editions announcing the model’s demise in December. The Heritage Edition is the first of the bunch and comes with a few visual cues reminiscent of classic Defenders such as the Grasmere Green paint, heritage grille and a white roof. It also comes with HUE 166 graphics as a connection to the registration plate of Land Rover’s first ever pre-production car which was nicknamed “Huey.” LR says this special edition will be built in a limited series of 400 units in 90 Hard Top, 90 Station Wagon, 110 Station Wagon body styles. Prices start at £27,800.
Up next is the Defender Autobiography Edition which adopts a more luxurious feel and wears a two-tone paint combined with a Windsor leather upholstery inside the cabin. This particular variant also comes with a power upgrade from 122 HP to 150 HP while the torque has also been bumped from 360 Nm to 400 Nm. This version can be had only as a 90 Station Wagon and will be offered in a limited quantity of 80 cars, each priced at £61,845.
Last but not least, the Land Rover Defender Adventure Edition can be distinguished by the additional underbody protection and Goodyear MT/R tires. It has unique body decals along with a leather-trimmed cabin and it’s available either as a 90 Station Wagon or as a 110 Station Wagon, with prices kicking off at £43,495.
British tuner Urban Truck is showcasing its generous aftermarket package for the iconic Land Rover Defender. It’s compatible with the 90 Station Wagon, 110 Utility Wagon and 110 Station Wagon versions and brings a number of upgrades, starting out with the body kit featuring hood vents, KBX front grille, privacy glass and light surrounds. The cars ride on 18-inch rims and feature 265/65/18 BF Goodrich tires while the body can be painted in one of the many colors available. It can also have LED headlights combined with double daytime running lights incorporated in the front bumper.
The tuner also worked on the 2.2-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine and bumped its output from 122 HP and 360 Nm to 170 HP and 480 Nm by installing a custom stainless steel sport exhaust, an upgraded intercooler and a special air filter kit.
For the interior, Urban Truck are offering Recaro Sportster CS Sport seats wrapped around in Nappa leather, an Alpine satellite navigation system, subwoofer, rearview camera, leather steering wheel along with bespoke carpets and aluminum & Alcantara inserts.
Land Rover has introduced an Africa Edition of the iconic Defender which was inspired by Africa and was designed to celebrate “over 67 years of boldly going where no other vehicle has gone before.” Only 50 cars will be produced and all of them are going to feature a Santorini black exterior paint scheme complemented by a red roof. It comes with black alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and black seat covers while for more money clients can opt for optional equipment such as a front protection bar, bumper caps, rear step, roof rack and snorkel.
Land Rover is offering this Africa Edition as Defender 90 and Defender 110 models, with both of them being motivated by a 4-cylinder, 2.2-liter diesel engine working together with a six-speed manual gearbox. It will cover the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 15.8 seconds before topping out at 90 mph (145 km/h).
Land Rover has taken the wraps off a range-topping Metropolis trim level for the Defender which is based on the HSE Lux but has received a longer list of standard equipment. Starting at 35,995 pounds, the vehicle benefits from a Meridian sound system, Windsor leather seats, panoramic roof and 19-inch alloy wheels. Also part of the package is a touchscreen satellite navigation system along with a reversing camera, upgraded carpets and a metallic exterior paint scheme. For the interior there’s also a glossy black trim to provide the feeling of a more upmarket cabin.
Under the hood of the Land Rover Defender Metropolis is the company’s well-known SD4 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine generating 188 bhp. Following the Defender’s demise next year, the model will be replaced with the already announced Discovery Sport which is characterized by Land Rover as being an “all-new premium compact SUV.”
Land Rover is ready to show off black and silver packages for the Defender at the 84th edition of the Geneva Motor Show programmed to kick off in early March. The Black Pack Defender has been developed with a Santorini black appearance on the wheel arches, roof, front grille, headlamp surrounds, interior fascia as well as on the Defender hood script. It also comes nicely equipped with heavy duty glossy black wheels or glossy black Sawtooth rims while on the inside there’s an ebony Alston headliner and privacy glass.
As far as the Silver package is concerned, this one brings an Indus silver look that contrasts the roof while a similar visual finish can be noticed on the headlamp surrounds, grille surround. In addition, this version is equipped with Dual Finish alloy wheels and whitened taillights.
Source: Land Rover
One of the very few cars in the world available right now that has managed to remain a true classic and stick to its roots is the legendary Defender. Land Rover has announced this week the refresh of this model for 2013 which brings Havana and Barolo Black paint finishes for the exterior, along with three additional options. The British automaker mentioned in the press release that the Firenze Red color can be ordered in combination with the Santorini Black roof and the Baltic Blue with the Indus Silver. Also a novelty for the 2013 Defender would have to be the body-hugging seat design which is wrapped partially in leather. It has the company’s logo on the backrest and it is available not only for the driver, but also for the front passenger.
There’s also a third new option introduced with the 2013 model in the form of an upgrade for the vehicle’s sound system that brings an Alpine 150W low-profile subwoofer with 10cm coaxial speakers, as well as support for Bluetooth.
As far as motivation is concerned, the 2013 Defender will be offered with the same turbocharged 2.2-liter diesel engine that produces 120 HP (122 PS) which enables the vehicle to perform the 0-62 mph sprint in 14.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 90 mph, exactly the same numbers as the outgoing model. LR says that the Defender 90 has CO2 emissions of 266 g/km on the combined cycle, while the Defender 110 and 130 emit 295 g/km.
The car is scheduled to go on sale this month and in the local UK market it has a starting price of 22,350 pounds.