Land Rover says 2015 will be the Year of the Defender

Land Rover says 2015 will be the Year of the Defender

The sad news is that the Land Rover Defender will no longer be in regular production after 2015. To mark the end of what to many has become the iconic shape of Land Rover, the company has declared that 2015 will be the Year of the Defender. In celebration and to mark the passing of this model, three Defender special editions will be produced.

The Adventure Edition is the edition that off-road enthusiasts will want to buy. Along with some small cosmetic tweaks this model gets some serious upgrades in equipment for tackling inhospitable terrain, including Goodyear MT/R tyres and enhanced underbody protection.

The Heritage Edition looks back on the past and celebrates the conceptual Defender with a modern interpretation of the old 1947 Series 1. This edition includes reflective design interpretations, such as Grasmere Green metallic paintwork set off by an Alaska White roof. A Heritage grille, headlamp holders and logo mud flaps should appeal to those who want to reminisce about the classic Defender without losing modern-day comfort inside the cabin.

The flagship of the trio is the Autobiography Edition, which the company refers to as "the most desirable Defender ever built". This Defender sets new standards, with many performance and luxury upgrades. For the traditionalists among us this may be pushing it a little too far; however, with 16-inch sawtooth alloy wheels, Windsor leather upholstery and a power bump to 148bhp, it might be too difficult to resist.