With production of the Defender due to cease in December this year, Land Rover has released details regarding its Defender Celebration Series; two new limited edition models which each celebrate a different element of Defender’s unique history.
The Heritage and Adventure Editions are both powered by Land Rover’s Ford derived 2.2-litre diesel engine and are available to order now with numbers strictly limited (we believe Australia’s quota was small and they sold out very rapidly even with pricing being unknown).
“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 two very different interpretations of the Defender to reflect its strength and breadth of character,” said Nick Rogers, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director
“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.”
The Heritage Edition is inspired by early Land Rover models and mixes nostalgic design cues with modern creature comforts. It will be available in global markets and is identified by its Grasmere Green paintwork and contrasting white roof.
A heritage grille and HUE 166 graphics, recalling the registration plate of the first ever pre-production Land Rover nicknamed ‘Huey’, also identify the Heritage model. It hits showrooms from November with production limited to 2,654 globally. Australian prices will be announced in the second quarter of 2015.
The Adventure Edition will also reach dealer showrooms in November. . It comes fitted with additional underbody protection and Goodyear MT/R tyres. Unique decals and a leather-trimmed cabin ensure the Adventure Edition stands out from the Defender crowd. A total of 2,277 Adventure Editions are available globally.
Australian pricing for both Special Editions will be available in the second quarter of 2015.