As Land Rover prepare to say goodbye to its iconic Defender, the automaker at the same time is trying to cash in on the nostalgia. One such way is to build a limited edition. Land Rover however bucking the trend decided to build three special editions. One of the original off-road vehicles to hit the market, the Defender’s beginning goes back 68 years to 1948, when Maurice Wilks started to draw plans for it in Red Wharf Bay. Each special edition in its final run will be an interpretation of its character and strength.
Of the three, the Autobiography edition come with the most luxurious trimmings. It will feature two-tone paintwork and Windsor leather upholstery. Its engine upgraded to a 2.1-liter four-cylinder now delivers 147 hp, that’s a significant increase from its previous 122 hp. Scheduled to be released for sale in April across all Atlantic markets, it will be limited to just 80 models. The Autobiography Defender will come with a price tag of £61,500 (about $93,000).
The Heritage edition is designed with the nostalgic crowd on mind. The Grasmere green body with a white roof and a retro style grille is sure to take everyone down the memory lane. Additionally it will sport “HUE 166” graphic as tribute to the number plate of the original pre-production Land Rover Defender. Limited to 400 models, this too has an April release date and carry a price tag of £27,800 (about $42,000).
The Adventure edition is designed for the truly adventurous, for those among us happy to let it get dirty with mud, sand, snow and dust in a safari or a mountain expedition. It sports additional underbody protection for the side sills and engine sumps as well as big Goodyear MT/R tires, alloy wheels, a full-size roof rack and an engine snorkel. Priced at £38,400 (approx. $58,000), it sits in the middle as the best package on offer. The Adventure is offered in three colors Corris Grey, Yulong White and Phoenix Orange. Available for purchase from August.
Source: Digital Trends