As a swan song for the original 4X4, which celebrates its 68th and final year in production in 2015, Land Rover has announced three special limited edition models of the Defender.
The original plan, according to Land Rover Vehicle Line Director Nick Rogers, was to design and build a single, limited edition anniversary model of the iconic car to mark the occasion, but coming up with a single identity or theme for the model proved impossible: "So we developed three very different interpretations of the Defender to reflect its strength and breadth of character. Whether our customers want to celebrate Land Rover's unrivalled off-road heritage, demand the ultimate in terms of design and performance or have a genuine thirst for adventure, there will be a limited edition Defender that will be fit for purpose."
Therefore, the Autobiography Edition is all about creature comforts. Based only on the smallest wheelbase Defender 90 Station wagon, it gets a full Windsor leather interior and pretty much everything that the company offers as an optional cabin equipment extra as standard. The diesel engine has also been tuned to deliver 150PS instead of the usual 122PS and the finishing touch is a custom two-tone exterior paint finish.
The Heritage Edition incorporates exterior design features from Land Rovers of old, including a retro reimagining of the front grille. It also gets a coat of iconic Grasmere Green paintwork and a contrasting white roof and the effect is completed with HUE 166 graphics, a nod to the number plate on the original pre-production Land Rover.
The final special edition, the Adventure Edition, is optimized for those that really want to take the road less traveled. It has additional underbody shielding to protect it when it drives over the most unforgiving terrain as well as Goodyear MT/R tires for even better grip. The cabin also benefits from leather trim so it will be easier to wipe the mud off.