A British Icon Finds A New Way To “Defend” It’s Reputation

The Land Rover Defender is very possibly one of the most iconic vehicles on the planet today. A shining beacon of a once great super-power, the British 4×4 is one of the last remaining remnants of the great British Empire. The direct spiritual successor of the Land Rover Series (I-III) from the 40’s into the 70’s, the Defender maintained the hyper-rugged appearance and unparalleled off road ability. This might be why the British Military so memorably used, and still use, a modified spec Defender (known as the Defender XD or Wolf) in a number of operations. While not sold in the U.S any more, this paragon of off-road engineering has evolved over the years and is still sold in the U.K and around the world.

With that said, what is the use of driving one of the world’s foremost, purpose built, machines for traversing less than desirable terrain, if you dont look cool doing it? Not to disappoint, the sharp chaps over at the Land Rover Design center recently announced the Land Rover Defender XTech Special Edition. This version of the Fallujah-ready truck is mostly styling changes, but then again why mess with perfection.

Offering customers the same assured breadth of capability, the Defender XTech stands out from the crowd in Orkney Grey or striking Nara Bronze, which is unique to this special edition, with contrast Santorini Black roof and wheel arches and black chequer plate along the bumper and sills. A special ‘DEFENDER’ decal sits above the rear LED lights whilst the front lights are enhanced with Santorini Black headlamp surrounds in contrast to the body color. This distinctive front end design is complemented with a body color grille and gloss black Land Rover lettering on the bonnet. A rear step bumper assembly aids entry, exit and loading. Gloss Black Saw Tooth 16-inch alloy wheels and MTR off-road tires complete the look giving the Defender XTech a powerfully strong and purposeful stance.

A pure Ebony part leather interior complements both the Orkney Grey and Nara Bronze with contrast Lunar stitching. The Land Rover logo is embossed on front headrests whilst carpet mats have the Defender logo woven in. To harmonise with the exterior of this special edition, the central switch panel matches the body colour of the vehicle with the same paint finis. The XTech Special Edition comes with a high level of standard equipment, including Air Conditioning, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Traction Control, central locking with remote control and heated seats and windscreen.

With a choice of the 90 Hard Top and 110 Utility Wagon, a range of standard options and accessories are available to add even more capability and character to this iconic four-wheel drive vehicle. Powered by the 2.2-litre diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission, the Defender boasts 265 lbs of torque for effortless towing and excellent driver refinement whether on or off-road.

The Defender XTech Special Edition goes on sale from July starting at £27,995 in the U.K. Might not be a bad reason to jump the pond, if only for a couple days.

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