Land Rover has confirmed that it will cease producing the Defender by December 2015. To mark the milestone, the British truckmaker has revealed that it is creating three limited-edition models that each celebrate "a different element of the Defender’s unique history."
The Autobiography Edition supposedly promises performance, luxury and comfort with its comprehensive equipment list, two-tone paintwork, full Windsor leather upholstery, and an increase in power output from 120hp to 148hp. Only 80 units of the Autobiography Edition will be produced, all as short-wheelbase 90 station wagons.
The Heritage Edition, meanwhile, is inspired by early Land Rover models and combines nostalgic design cues with modern creature comforts. Limited to 400 units, the Heritage Edition has a distinctive Grasmere Green paintwork and a contrasting white roof, and features a heritage grille and HUE 166 graphics (the registration plate of the first-ever pre-production Land Rover).
Lastly, the Adventure Edition will be limited to 600 units and is aimed at Land Rover customers "who relish the great outdoors and embrace the Defender's 'go-anywhere, do-anything' attitude." Fitted as standard to the vehicle are additional underbody protection and Goodyear MT/R tires, unique decals, and a leather-trimmed cabin.
"We wanted to mark the end of Defender production at Solihull with a special edition, but coming up with a single identity was impossible, so we developed three very different interpretations of the Defender to reflect its strength and breadth of character," said Land Rover vehicle line director Nick Rogers. "Whether our customers want to celebrate Land Rover’s unrivaled 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 fit the purpose."
Which one do you prefer?