After 68 years of iconic service, Land Rover Dallas is saying goodbye to an old friend, the Defender, with a year-long sendoff. As production winds down for the infamous off-road vehicle, the final examples to roll out will be three limited editions, each representing different elements of the Defender’s character.
The Autobiography edition is the modern luxury trim, sleek alloy wheels, sexy two-tone paintwork, Windsor leather upholstery and an upgrade to the 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine, boosting the horsepower from 122 to 147. It is due to go on sale in April over in the UK and will run about $75,000.
For something a tad more ‘old-school’ there is the Heritage edition, decked out in a Grasmere green body and sporting a white roof. The grille has a more retro-style feel to it, and it will be splattered with HUE 116 graphics which is a callback to the registration plate worn by the original pre-production Land Rover.
Last up is the Adventure edition which carries the vehicle’s globe-traversing spirit. This model sports additional underbody protection for the side sills and engine sump, as well as hefty Goodyear MT/R tires.
“We wanted to mark the end of Defender production at Solihull with a special edition but coming up with a single identity was impossible,” said Nick Rodgers, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director. “So, we developed three very different interpretations of the Defender to reflect its strength and breadth of character.”
Unfortunately nothing lasts forever, but the classic Defender may soon to be replaced by a more modern vehicle that will hopefully be available worldwide thanks to updated emissions and safety standards. We will just have to wait and see what mother Land Rover decides, but in the meantime we send a fond farewell to one of the great off-road vehicles of our time.