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Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

The end of the week is coming with another tuning kit from the British tuner, Kahn Design. This time, the tuner focused its attention on the Land Rover Defender and created a very cool Chelsea Wide Track kit. As usual, the tuner offers updates to the exterior and interior, while the engine is left untouched.

The exterior upgrades include new front and rear wide wings with integrated vents and bolt apertures, extended wheel arches in satin black, front and rear wing-vent mesh inserts, roof in satin black, bonnet vents with mesh, and a new front grille with embossed Kahn mesh. The tuner also installed new headlamps with diamond LED lights. The car will sit on 18-inch RS Defender wheels in satin black combined with brake calipers finished in liquid red.

For the interior, the upgrades include: front and rear racing seats in black leather with silver stitching, a new leather steering wheel, front and rear floor mats, and vented foot pedals in machined aluminum.

It will be a while before Land Rover unveils thenew-generation Defender onto the market, and to be completely honest with you, we hope they won’t change much about it, because the Defender has that certain something special that makes it really cool.

It looks like the guys over Kahn Design understood agree with us and they have unveiled a sweet Military Edition that updates the look of the Defender in such a manner that it does not affect the spirit of this legendary off-road machine.

The aerodynamic kit includes lightweight wide wheel wings with integrated vents, side vents with mesh, bonnet vents with mesh and Kahn prototype wing blades. The tuner also installed vented headlight surrounds, clear taillight lenses, clear front light lenses, crosshair headlights and numerous Kahn badges. On customer’s demand, the tuner can also replace the standard windows with special bulletproof glass that will increase your protection.

For the interior, the tuner decided to add in comfortable bespoke seats, and colors and materials of your choosing.

The last piece of the puzzle is a set of 8-by16-inch wheels finished in matte black.


It looks like Land Rover has big plans for the next eight years. Apparently, the company plans to unveil no less than 16 new models and we have the entire list of those models to share. This list comes courtesy of Autocar, who has featured the upcoming models divided into three categories: luxury (Range Rover ), leisure (Discovery /Freelander ), and utility (Defender ).

The first category includes most of the new models like the new Range Rover model and its Sport variant, the Evoque XL and an Evoque Cabrio version, and a new baby Evoque. For the second category, Land Rover plans to offer a new Discovery plus a Luxury version, a Freelander “Super” Seven-Seater and a “Super” Five-Seater, plus a new baby Freelander featuring the same size as the Evoque.

These vehicles all sound rather promising, but we’ll just have to wait and see if they all really debut as planned.

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Land Rover DC100 Concept

Back in 1993, the Land Rover Defender was the first “Land Rover” branded vehicle to grace the U.S. soil as a new model since 1974. The Defender was ultimately a victim of government regulations, as the 1998 rule changes that required fitting all passenger vehicles with dual front airbags and side-impact protection enhancements caused Land Rover to pull the model from the U.S.

Well, now we have confirmation that the Land Rover Defender will indeed make its way back to the U.S., per an Automotive News interview with Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover. The model will arrive in 2015 and will be based on the DC100 Concept SUV that we saw at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Since its debut is still three years away, it will probably look nothing like the Defender that currently roams the streets of the UK .

What’s more, this new SUV will be ready and in the U.S. as soon as 2015 and will become the entry-level model for Land Rover, just under the all-new Evoque Pure . Speth also noted that the Defender will be priced below $42,000, but did not provide any hint as to what the price range may be.

There was also no mention of the engine that Land Rover will plop under the new Defender’s hood, but we have a pretty secure guess that the 2.2-liter diesel engine in the current UK Defender will not make the journey across the pond. Diesel-powered vehicles, sans large trucks, rarely ever make a big splash in the U.S. It may even borrow a V-6 from its sister company, Jaguar, or possibly a slightly detuned version of the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0-liter engine.

We’ll keep an eye out on what’s happening with this upcoming rebirth of the Defender and let you know what other information we can dig up.

The Land Rover Defender is the model with one of the most interesting evolution in Land Rover ’s line-up and while previous rumors suggested that the model will be replaced for the 2013 model year, the British company surprised us with a series of updates offered for 2013. So we guess that the new generation previewed by the Defender Concept 100 will have to wait a little bit more.

While for the 2012 model year the Defender received a new 2.2-litre diesel engine, ventilated discs, detail improvements to the interior and new option packs, 2013 will being the addition of two new body colors, Barolo Black and Havana, new premium seat design, upgraded in-car entertainment and a choice of four new contrast roof colors.

The SUV’s new 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers a total of 120 HP and 265 lbs-ft of torque and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 14.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 90 mph. Not very impressive figures we know, but lets face; you don’t buy the Defender for its performances!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Land Rover Defender.


British tuner Kahn Design has probably built programs that run the whole gamut of Land Rover models. And with the success they’ve had, it’s hardly surprising that Kahn Design isn’t stopping any time soon. Next up on their list is the Land Rover Defender , or as they prefer to call it, the Concept 17 Defender.

Unlike most of their recent programs, Kahn Design took the curious route of releasing renderings of the project before it’s been completed. Nevertheless, you don’t doubt these guys, especially when it comes to projects like this. And true to form, they appear to have the goods locked, stocked, and ready to rock.

The aerodynamic kit includes plenty of new components, including a bespoke paint finish that can be bullet-proofed, a four-piece arch kit, new mud flaps, a spare wheel cover, a custom exhaust system, a customized interior, and a new set of 18" Kahn RS Defender wheels.

The final version of the Concept 17 Defender will be unveiled at a later date. For now, indulge yourselves in these rendering photos.

The Land Rover Defender will not win any conceptual design awards, but make no mistake, where it lacks in pizzazz, it more than makes up for in terms of all-purpose versatility.

In fact, the Defender is quite a popular model in the LR portfolio, so much in fact that the company has prepared a new special edition version of the Defender Xtech.

The 2012 Defender XTech will be available in either a three-door (90 Hard Top) or five-door (110 Utility Wagon) variant and will be offered in a choice of either Orkney Grey or Nara Bronze exterior colors. That’s then matched by a Santorini Black roof, wheel arches, and a black checker plate on the bumper and side sills. In addition, the Defender XTech also gets a body-colored front grille, black surround for the headlamps, a rear step bumper, DEFENDER decals, and last but not least, a new set of 16" Gloss Black Saw Tooth alloy wheels wrapped in specialized Goodyear tires.

As for the interior, the Defender XTech Edition gets seats and a central panel that come with the same color of the exterior; the Land Rover logo was also embossed on the front headrests with matching carpet mats.

Performance numbers remain the same, which means that the Defender XTech Edition is powered by a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 120 horsepower and 265 lb/ft of torque while mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Finally, the Defender Xtech retails for £27,995, which is around $43,000 based on current exchange rates.

Land Rover is continuing its series of DC100 concepts with a new Expedition version. The new concept was built to celebrate Land Rover’s 25 year presence on the North American market and is equipped for expedition use. The concept also explores possible design directions for the future of the iconic Land Rover Defender .

The new DC100 Expedition features an air-intake snorkel for wading and a roof mounted equipment rack. The list of design cues that will be used for the upcoming Defender include extreme approach and departure angles, vertical panels, an upright windscreen, and strong shoulder line for visibility and ease of positioning. The honest Defender ’face’ with its signature round lamps and prominent grille is featured, and a winch is incorporated to the fascia.

The DC100 Expedition Concept will also be equipped with a new Terrain Response system which will optimize the car for various conditions without driver pre-selection. A new Terrain-i system creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualization. The concept also comes with a new Wade Aid system that utilizes sonar sensors mounted in the bumpers and side mirrors to measure water depth.

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The iconic Land Rover Defender is still, along with the venerable Mercedes-Benz G-Class , one of the few remaining old-school off-roaders, both cars representing an era that will soon become just a romantic memory inside the minds of 4x4 purists everywhere around the world.

When Tata-owned Land Rover launched its two latest concepts during the Frankfurt Auto Show, the DC100 and the DC100 Sport, its marketing people were probably gunning for the children of the very same 4x4 purists mentioned earlier.

Unfortunately, according to the purest definition of the word “purist”, those Land Rover fans will probably be the ones completely saddened by the launch of the aforementioned concept cars. Why, you ask? Well, both the Land Rover DC100 and the DC100 Sport preserve almost nothing from the tradition of the old and trusted Defender model, which has been manufactured in more or less the same form since 1983, while being based on the original Land Rover, the Series.

Thankfully for the die-hard fans, the DC100 and DC100 Sport represent just the start in a four year journey of reinterpreting the Defender in a modern, twenty first century form. They are both like a pilot episode for a new show, if you wish.

Interested in every detail of the Defender Concept 100? Hit the jump and you’ll find out.

UPDATE 01/05/12: Land Rover’s decision to skip the 2012 NAIAS has cast a few raised eyebrows in the industry. Apparently, their new Indian ownership - Tata Tata Motors - decided to bring Land Rover and Jaguar to their home auto show at the Delhi Auto Expo. In the case of the former, it meant that the Land Rover DC100 Concept would be in attendance dressed in a fancy Firenze Red paint finish. In so many words, this version of the DC100 Concept is all sorts of hot! Check out the new photos in the gallery!


The second concept car - next to the DC100 Concept - Land Rover has unveiled in Frankfurt is the sportier version, the DC100 Sport. The second concept is basically a roof-less version of the DC100 with a more aggressive appearance. It takes its inspiration from the early canvas-roofed Defenders with their fold-down windscreens, but has been redesigned as a performance concept for the 21st century.

The DC100 Sport features a wraparound aero screen and cut-down side
windows, and is painted in a special yellow inspired by the vibrant ochre hues found in Africa. On the interior, the seats are trimmed in leather with a lightweight, breathable mesh insert in a bold Tribal Tech pattern. The same pattern is repeated on the floor of the DC100 Sport where floor mats
are made of Ombrae, a sculptural medium used in art installations and modern architecture.

The DC100 Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine
with hybrid compatibility mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with Intelligent Stop/Start and a transfer case.

UPDATE 01/06/12: Land Rover trooped to the 2012 Auto Delhi Expo and brought their two new Land Rover Defender Concepts dressed in a fiery Firenze Red finish. We gotta say, these new digs are all sorts of smokin’ in our eyes! Agree? Check out the gallery!


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