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2007 Land Rover Defender

2007 Land Rover Defender
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Land Rover Defender
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Year:
    2007
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    122@4350
  • Torque @ RPM:
    265@2000
  • 0-60 time:
    19.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    80.2 mph
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Greater ability both on-road and off-road plus increased comfort, performance and refinement are among the major improvements introduced for the Land Rover Defender for 2007. A new 2.4-litre diesel engine offers increased torque and improved driveability while the new six-speed gearbox provides a lower first gear ratio, for better off-road control, and a high sixth gear for improved cruising refinement. Inside the vehicle, a new facia improves ergonomics, whilst new seating improves comfort for all occupants, from the four-seat Defender 90 to the five-seat 110 and 130 models. A seven-seat Defender 110 is also available.

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Land Rover Wants to Take on the Mercedes X-Class and Toyota Hilux with a Single-Cab Defender Pickup

Land Rover Wants to Take on the Mercedes X-Class and Toyota Hilux with a Single-Cab Defender Pickup

Raise your hands if this is something you want to see from Land Rover

Land Rover is one of the few brands in the auto industry that abides by its identity unflinchingly. It’s known for building some of the finest SUVs in the world, and it stays in its own lane. When was the last time you heard Land Rover consider a sedan as part of its lineup? Never? That said, the automaker has shown its willingness to stretch its identity a bit. We saw it when it launched the Range Rover Evoque earlier this decade. Now, we could be seeing it again in the form of a single-cab pickup that will be based on the upcoming Defender.

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The Most Useful Land Rover Defender Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

The Most Useful Land Rover Defender Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

Forget those Swiss Army Knives, the Land Rover Defender multi-tool is here to save the day

The Land Rover Defender was known for being one of the most functional cars in the world. It was built to drive on any road surface and its all-world toughness has become one of its most enduring features. Unfortunately, the Defender is in a bit of an influx today as Land Rover prepares to launch the next-generation model. Fear not, though, because there is a Land Rover Defender that’s currently on the market that has no shortage of useful functions. Best of all, it costs under $20. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Land Rover Defender multitool device.

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A 50-Year-Old Coal-Powered Steam Land Rover? Yup, There's One Out There

A 50-Year-Old Coal-Powered Steam Land Rover? Yup, There’s One Out There

There are no limits to what the human mind can create

If there’s anything the iconic Land Rover Defender proved in its 67-year run that concluded in 2016, it’s that it could be used in a variety of ways. Whether it was used as a military car, an off-roader, or even as an expedition car, there was no purpose the OG Defender couldn’t fulfill. Apparently, as one British man proved, it can also be turned into a fully functioning coal-powered steam car.

Meet Frank Rothwell. He’s a 67-year old retired British businessman man who happens the own one of the most unusual custom Land Rover Defender 88 models in the world. On the surface, we can still make out traces of its old identity. The body still has the Defender 88’s styling cues. but the recessed grille has been replaced by boiler front with a working chimney for the coal smoke. There’s even a Land Rover badge thrown in there for good measure, presumably to keep up with the appearances.

Rothwell said that he spent around £24,000 (about $34,000) on the project after buying the Land Rover for £4,000 (a little more than $5,600). From there, Rothwell spent more than 400 hours working on the conversion, most of which were used in fitting a coal-fired boiler that heats water into steam that is used to power the steam engine. The result speaks for itself.

The Defender 88, or whatever remains of it, now looks like something Jeremy Clarkson would build after one of his old late night benders.

Functionally, Rothwell claims that his Defender can top out at speeds of 15 mph with a full head of steam. It’s not much, but it’s enough for him to make his usual trips in and around town. More importantly, the car represents something of a love project for his grandchildren. "I think it’s really good for children of this era to do things like lighting fires and using coal," he says, "because they have little access to using things like that these days."

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2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”

2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”

The right stuff to claw through anything – comfortably

The name “Defender” carries some serious weight in the world of off-roading. With a long history of military service and simply unflappable talent off-road, this iconic model from Land Rover serves as the bones for myriad capability-focused vehicles. Florida-based auto shop East Coast Defenders knows this well, making its name building custom versions of the British model for enhanced style, greater interior comfort, and even greater agility while traversing the great outdoors. Now, ECD is invading the sands of Vegas with its latest custom build, dropping the sheets at the 2017 SEMA show. The project was a collaboration with Warn Industries, a manufacturer that specializes in vehicle recovery equipment, and is based on a Defender 110 model from 1985. Created by hand and equipped with a litany of custom parts, ECD appropriately calls this build “Project Beast.”

Framed as an “elite off-road SUV,” Project Beast was actually completed in 2016, built in ECD’s “Rover Dome” in Kissimmee, Florida. All told, it’s got the right stuff for attracting attention at SEMA. Read on for more.

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Of Course The Next Land Rover Defender Will Be Electrified

Of Course The Next Land Rover Defender Will Be Electrified

The new Defender is also coming to the U.S., too!

People might act surprised when automakers release a new fully electric vehicle or a hybrid version of an old favorite. Ford, for example, says a hybrid version of the F-150 is coming. There’s even talk of a hybrid Jeep Wrangler in the next few years. As such, it should come to nobody’s surprise that the next-generation Land Rover Defender will also have an electrified drivetrain. What exactly that entails, not even Land Rover has the specifics nailed down. Add to that Land Rover’s official statement confirming every one of its models will have an electrified version by 2020. So yeah, the next Defender will be electric in some way.

It would be a safe bet Land Rover will use a similar hybrid drivetrain found in the recently revealed Range Rover P400e and Range Rover Sport P400e. The system consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an 85-kW electric motor sandwiched between. A 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery supplies the power, while regenerative braking and engine power recharge the battery when in motion. When parked, a P400e’s battery is plugged in for charging. Impressively, both P400e versions have an all-electric range of 31 miles.

As for the new Defender, it’s reported to abandon the traditional body-on-frame design for Land Rover’s modern, aluminum-intensive unibody architecture. The Defender is expected to keep its tradition of a two-door soft-top and a four-door hard-top version. We’re just hoping it retains the boxy shape that’s made it an icon. Land Rover is expected to debut the Defender sometime in 2018 with production versions hitting dealerships worldwide in 2019.

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2017 East Coast Defender Project Viper

2017 East Coast Defender Project Viper

Custom-built SUV promises Land Rover Defender looks and Mercedes-AMG G63 capabilities

By today’s industry standards, the Land Rover Defender doesn’t qualify as an SUV. It has a look that remains culled from past generations and it lacks the kind of state-of-the-art tech features that dominate the SUV landscape. But the perceived shortcomings of the Defender are also considered strengths by those who swear by it. And in case there are still people who doubt the affection fans have for the Defender, look no further than Florida-based East Cost Defender’s special edition creation, Project Viper.

While it’s not technically based on the Defender, it’s easy to see where Project Viper’s inspiration lies. There are also hints of inspiration from the Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6, so that shouldn’t be ignored. But don’t mistake the Project Viper for a custom SUV based on either model, because it’s not. The SUV is completely built from the ground-up by the company’s new Ultimate Vehicle Concept (UVC) division, which specializes on limited edition builds to create SUVs that are, in the words of ECD co-owner Scott Wallace, “not limited by a specific Bill of Materials or budget.” That disclaimer is particularly important to anyone who wishes to buy any one of the 10 Project Viper SUVs that ECD plans to build. See, it’s not all about aesthetic inspiration or premium tech for the company. It’s also about providing the most well-suited SUV for customers who are willing to pay the premium price to own one.

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Will SVO finally expand its reach into serious off-roading?

Will SVO finally expand its reach into serious off-roading?

Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme SVX Version

Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations is rumored to be working on a hard-core off-road package for the new Discovery. Typically focused on high-end luxury models of Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs, along with high-performance models of Jaguar and Range Rovers, SVO might swing into the dirt. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor, but Auto Express has a soft confirmation from SVO boss John Edwards.

Edwards had a conversation with Auto Express at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. Therein, Edwards revealed some telling hints, saying, “I can’t tell you what the SV version of the Discovery will be like but in my mind it will be in between Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy. Somewhere in there is a product waiting to get out.”

Of course, the Dakar and Camel Trophy are two famed off-road competitions, with the Dakar being a moderate to high-speed race, while the Camel Trophy was more low-speed exploration through inhospitable terrains. Perhaps the upcoming SVO Discovery will be capable of doing both. Don’t expect Land Rover to compromise on passenger comfort, either.

Rumors also suggest this special Land Rover will be called the Discovery SVX, hinting at his all-terrain abilities. No official word has been given, but we’d expect the SVX to come with high-profile meaty tires, underbody skid plates, rock sliders, exposed tow hooks, and perhaps a revised air suspension system allowing for more ground clearance. Off-road lights and a roof rack aren’t out of the question, either.

Expect the interior to feature all-weather floor mats, durable leather seats, and the latest in off-road techno-gadgets from Land Rover. Power could come from the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine or the torquey 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. Regardless, the ZF eight-speed automatic and full-time 4WD system will be present.

No dates have been announced, but the Discovery SVX could debut as soon as late 2017 or early 2018. That follows Edwards’ comments to AE, saying “We plan to introduce a new halo product every year for the next three or four years,” with an apparent emphasis on an earlier date.

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Why Are Land Rover Defenders So Expensive? Doug DeMuro Explains: Video

Why Are Land Rover Defenders So Expensive? Doug DeMuro Explains: Video

A limited selection in U.S. market doesn’t help…

Ah, the iconic Land Rover Defender – Britain’s answer to the Jeep Wrangler and most utilitarian of utilities from the now-posh automaker. Though Land Rover stopped making the Defender only this year, the SUV has always been hard to find in the U.S. That’s thanks to our lovely governmental regulations on things like safety and exhaust emissions. It was only four model years that the Defender was offered Stateside before the Defender was no longer sellable.

Limited production numbers aside, why have Defenders appreciated so much in value – the average selling price of which has crested $70,000?

Well the odd-car-loving internet sensation Doug DeMuro spends nearly six minutes explaining why the Defender is so expensive. It’s a fun watch with plenty of detailed video angles of parts and features you might not realize existed. Without spoiling anything, the video will certainly renew your understanding of how quirky the Defender really is.

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Next-Gen Land Rover Defender Reported for 2019 Debut

Next-Gen Land Rover Defender Reported for 2019 Debut

Rumors swirl about JLR’s toughest off-roader

It seems Jaguar Land Rover is already in the works preparing the next generation of Defender, the iconic British SUV that competed with the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes G-Wagen. According to rumors, JLR is weighing both the design of the next Defender and its assembly location.

AutoCar is reporting the next Defender will spawn a “small family” of vehicles, according to a source within JLR. The rumors continue, saying the new Defender will undoubtedly ride on an existing JLR platform, likely the ladder frame under the Land Rover Discovery 4, or LR4 as its otherwise known. This will retain its hard-core off-road abilities furthered by four-wheel independent suspension, a traditional transfer case and longitudinally oriented drivetrain.

Powertrain choices are yet unknown, but most of the world will likely get a turbodiesel of some sort, whether it’s a new unit or one borrowed from the LR4. Land Rover will likely adopt an automatic transmission for the Defender, though it would be wise to offer an optional manual gearbox.

All of that depends on where Land Rover wants the new Defender to sit within its lineup. Should it be a rugged SUV with a reasonable asking price, or should it be a more trendy statement piece that offers more luxury? Those are the types of questions currently being reviewed by company executives. One thing is for sure: it won’t bare much resemblance to the questionable DC100 Concept from several years ago. That comes straight from Land Rover’s design director Gerry McGovern.

Regardless of what form it takes, the new Defender won’t be ready until at least 2019. Perhaps JLR will have a pre-production model ready for show by 2018 for at 2019 model year launch, or if delays continue, the Defender will wait to break cover till the decade’s end.

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One-of-a-kind Land Rover ‘Defender 2,000,000' Sold For Almost $600k At Auction

One-of-a-kind Land Rover ‘Defender 2,000,000’ Sold For Almost $600k At Auction

Land Rover has just auctioned off the 2 millionth Defender at perhaps the highest cost ever given for the brand’s most iconic model. The auction brought in a staggering £400,000, or roughly $600,000 U.S. dollars. The winning bidder hails from Qatar and placed his bids though the phone.

This particular Defender might look familiar. We reported about Land Rover’s big hubbub about its construction back in the spring, having a star-studded cast of “assembly line workers,” including adventurer Bear Grylls, actress Virginia McKenna, and the sons of Land Rover’s founder, Stephen and Nick Wilks.

All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners, the international Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and to the Born Free Foundation. Both groups will use the funds for specific causes.

The IFRC will use the funds to help communities in Southeast Nepal improve preparedness for natural disasters. The Born Free Foundation will use its donation to help support the “Project Lion Rover” wildlife conservation initiative in Meru National Park, located in Kenya.

“We are extremely grateful to Land Rover for so generously donating half the proceeds of the sale of this one-off vehicle towards our work in Nepal,” says Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of The British Red Cross. “The Red Cross has used Defenders in humanitarian work and relief efforts in the U.K. and around the world since the early 1950s and has benefited from Land Rover’s support on many occasions through vehicle donations and loans.”

The Defender will continue to be in production through January of 2016, when Land Rover will officially dispatch historied model.

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XCAR Reviews The Villains From Spectre: Video

XCAR Reviews The Villains From Spectre: Video

There has been plenty of buzz about the Aston Martin DB10 and its official debut in the new Spectre Bond film. Finally, XCAR has taken the time to do a review video of the other great cars in the movie – specifically those that are charged with the task of taking down Bond and his DB10.

First up in the video is the Land Rover Defender Bigfoot, and it is a special vehicle indeed. This Bond-getter includes 185 horsepower, 37-inch tires, a Warn Zeon 10S Winch Kit, LED lights in the front and rear, Recaro sports seats, and even a rear limited slip differential.

Next on XCAR’s list is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR – the only model that can actually be purchased as a production model now that the Defender is at the end of its life cycle. XCAR already did a review on this specific car a while back, but the one designed for Spectre has a few extra goodies over the standard model. It includes bigger wheels and tires, a stealth black paint job, and some painfully bright spotlights that you could probably see from space. The SUV made for the film still puts out the same 550 horsepower and can hit 62 mph in less than 5 seconds.

Of course, XCAR’s review wouldn’t be complete without the Jaguar C-X75. The car is based off of the original concept prototype XCAR reviewed a while back that was able to do more than 200 mph. The specific car in the video is a repainted variant of the C-X75, while the other five built for the film were made with the popular 5.0-liter V-8 that puts out 550 horsepower. As noted in the video, this prototype is a combination of various Jag models thrown together. It even has a center console from the F-Type. XCAR was limited to a top speed of just 30 mph to prevent the possibility of damaging any of these special models, but the video is certainly worth watching. I can’t wait to see all three of them in action against the DB10.

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2015 Land Rover Defender Spectre Stunt Car

2015 Land Rover Defender Spectre Stunt Car

Bond – James Bond. That name has an iconic ring to it, making people of all ages think about some suave debonair dressed in a tailored suit using the coolest gadgets and a seemingly bottomless bank account to thwart the plans of international criminals and spies. The latest installment of James Bond, Spectre, will be the series’ 24th movie since its beginnings in 1962.

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2015 Land Rover Defender Spectre Stunt Car

2015 Land Rover Defender Spectre Stunt Car

Bond – James Bond. That name has an iconic ring to it, making people of all ages think about some suave debonair dressed in a tailored suit using the coolest gadgets and a seemingly bottomless bank account to thwart the plans of international criminals and spies. The latest installment of James Bond, Spectre, will be the series’ 24th movie since its beginnings in 1962.

Of course a Bond movie wouldn’t be complete without a full cast of awesome vehicles. That’s where this comes in: the Land Rover Defender.

Dressed to impress just like Bond, the Defender comes packing several modifications that make this movie car perform perilous stunts without breaking a sweat – or suspension bits. Not only does the Defender fill the role of a manly off-roader for the movie, the movie helps pay tribute to the legendary Defender before Land Rover ends production its in the coming months.

Yes, sadly, the current 2015 Land Rover Defender will be retired thanks to tightening emissions and safety standards. When, exactly, production will end is still undecided by Land Rover brass. The date has already been extended once with rumors of another extension. Either way, the Defender – at least in its current form – isn’t long for this world.

Nevertheless, the Defender remains an awesome off-roader worth of a spot in James Bond history. Let’s check all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Land Rover Defender Spectre Stunt Car.

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Land Rover Defender Production Reportedly Extended

Land Rover Defender Production Reportedly Extended

The demise of the iconic Land Rover Defender might happen later than expected. That’s according to a worker in the Defender’s Lode Land factory who told the Birmingham Post demand for the SUV has soared since Land Rover announced it would end production in 2015. Now the factory must work into 2016 to fill the orders.

Though Land Rover has yet to comment on the issue, the report says Defender production will continue at least until February 2016, with the chance it could be extended even further. “We have had a glut of orders and are going on until then,” said the unnamed worker. “Although I’ve been told that February is the definite cut-off date, someone else has said it could possibly go on until April.”

Roughly 450 workers on the single, daytime shift are now cranking out an average of 125 Defenders per day where output had originally averaged only 84 units. This new pace will put 2015’s production volume far past that of 2014 when only 17,781 Defenders were produced. Land Rover has yet to add additional shifts at the Lode Land factory, despite the influx of orders.

Land Rover has confirmed it is working on a replacement for the antiquated Defender, whose powertrain can’t pass Europe’s strict emissions standards and safety rankings leave much to be desired. This new and modern take on the Defender’s classic design will be built at a separate factory, likely in Poland, allowing the automaker to continue Defender production without the need to retool.

Interestingly enough, Land Rover is rumored to be investigating the possibility of continuing Defender production elsewhere in the world for markets not saddled with government regulations on emissions and safety. Though production wouldn’t happen in its original Midland location, the classic Defender does have a chance of living on past 2016. Still, the Defender’s days in Europe are numbered and its presence in the U.S. market will remain noticeably absent.

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Land Rover Celebrates Its 2 Millionth Defender With One-Off Edition

Land Rover Celebrates Its 2 Millionth Defender With One-Off Edition

There’s much hoopla over the Land Rover Defender these days, seeing as the old-school, military-style SUV is heading off into the sunset after this model year. Yet another way Land Rover is honoring the decades-old vehicle is with this one-off build that not only features unique plaques and adornments, but was also constructed with the help of several British cultural icons, including the adventurer Bear Grylls.

Built during May 2015, the special Defender boasts several key additions. Most noticeable is a strip of bare aluminum on its fender with the topographical map of Red Warf Bay etched on it. The location is widely known as the birthplace of the Land Rover Series vehicles; where its original shape was drawn into the sand in the late 1940s. The topographical map continues inside, where Red Warf Bay is stitched into the leather seats. The exterior also displays a one-off Land Rover badge that reads “No 2,000,000,” signifying its place in Land Rover history.

The special Defender will be publicly debuted June 25, 2015 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England. It will then travel around Europe making appearances before being put up for auction at the Bonhams auction house in London in December. All the proceeds from the vehicle will be given to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation branches, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Born Free Foundation.

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Petrolicious Shows The Awesomeness Of The Land Rover Defender: Video

Petrolicious Shows The Awesomeness Of The Land Rover Defender: Video

When it comes to venturing off the beaten path, few vehicles compete with the Land Rover Defender. Its strong chassis holds a rugged, no-frills body that encapsulates a spartan interior that’s all motivated by a venerable V-8. Throw on a set of knobby tires and the SUV will go where few dare trod.

Also daring the path that few trod is freelance photographer Sean Reagan. He left his professional life and a sizeable salary in Washington D.C. in the foreign policy field for a nomadic-like life in central and South America. His partner, Mittie Roger, is a travel writer, making the couple a perfect pair for such a never-ending expedition.

Of course, the third member of the journey is Reagan’s 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 nicknamed “La Poderosa.” The name means “the powerful” and was given to “her” by the night watchmen that kept tabs on the parking lot where the Defender resided during off hours. Yep, Reagan and Roger refer to the Defender as a lady – though tougher than the average gal.

The Land Rover has been stripped down of all non-essential gear, leaving a beastly machine that’s built for overlanding. “I love the simplicity of the Defender. I mean, she’s a totally utilitarian vehicle,” Roger says. “She gets us where we need to go, whether that’s an off-road, difficult-to-reach place or whether it’s a long-distance trip on highways.”

Though it’s hard for most folks to imagine living such a go-anywhere lifestyle with no time clock or boss, the pair have adapted to the adventure over the last seven years. The Defender, on the other hand, was born for this.

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 First Spectre TV spot: Video

First Spectre TV spot: Video

James Bond movies are never short on automotive eye candy, but Spectre looks like it’s going to be pretty special. In this new trailer, we get our closest look yet at the epic chase scene through Rome between Bond in a Q branch-prepped 2015 Aston Martin DB10 and villain Mr. Hinx in a 2010 Jaguar C-X75 supercar. Bond’s DB10 appears to have been fitted with some aft-facing flamethrowers, which are probably great for discouraging tailgaters, but we’re sure the Jag has some tricks of its own.

We also get a glimpse of a second massive action sequence featuring the specially prepped 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender “Big Foot” sliding through the snow, as wall as a plane ride looks like it didn’t end so well.

Unlike the Range Rover duo, you’ll never be able to buy either car featured in the Rome chase scene. The Aston Martin DB10 was built exclusively for Spectre, but it should give us pretty good idea of what the forth-coming 2017 DB9 replacement will look like. The C-X75 debuted in 2010 as Jaguar’s newest halo supercar, but never made it to production. It uses a high-revving, 500-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates power for the electric motors mounted at each wheel.

Spectre appears to pick up right where Skyfall left off. The first shot of the trailer shows MI6 headquarters, which is still in ruins following the bombing in the last movie. Bond is also given some items recovered from the Skyfall operation that will likely reveal some sensitive new information about his personal life.

Spectre hits theaters in November of this year.

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2015 Land Rover Defender Rugby World Cup Edition

2015 Land Rover Defender Rugby World Cup Edition

The Defender as we know it might be on it way out, but Land Rover isn’t letting the iconic off-roader go out without a bang. Perhaps the biggest bang – or at least the most visible – will be the Defender’s role in 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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2015 Land Rover Defender Rugby World Cup Edition

2015 Land Rover Defender Rugby World Cup Edition

The Defender as we know it might be on it way out, but Land Rover isn’t letting the iconic off-roader go out without a bang. Perhaps the biggest bang – or at least the most visible – will be the Defender’s role in 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Land Rover specially modified a Defender 110 Wagon to transport the Webb Ellis Cup along the 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour across the U.K. and Ireland. Yep, this Defender’s only job is to carry the golden trophy around in style. In fact, the trophy gets nearly as good accommodations as The Pope, having a protective glass case with easy viewing, air conditioning, and a 40-inch flat screen TV.

The festivities begin June 10 and run through September 18, ending at the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony in Twickenham Stadium. It’s at that point the tournament begins, taking place within 13 stadiums in the U.K. before ending on October 31. In total, the Defender will carry the trophy to more than 300 evens where fans and players will have a chance to see the prize.

However, it’s not all about the trophy, The Defender is a prize worth staring at itself. For the full run-down of all its customizations, continue reading.

Continue reading to learn more about the Land Rover Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender.

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Next Land Rover Defender Could Be Built In Eastern Europe

Next Land Rover Defender Could Be Built In Eastern Europe

The upcoming rebirth of the Land Rover Defender might see the vehicle being built outside the U.K. – far away from where it has traditionally been constructed. Reports suggest Jaguar Land Rover is considering adding an additional assembly plant in Eastern Europe to help relieve pressure on its U.K.-based plants.

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Next Land Rover Defender Could Be Built In Eastern Europe

Next Land Rover Defender Could Be Built In Eastern Europe

The upcoming rebirth of the Land Rover Defender might see the vehicle being built outside the U.K. – far away from where it has traditionally been constructed. Reports suggest Jaguar Land Rover is considering adding an additional assembly plant in Eastern Europe to help relieve pressure on its U.K.-based plants.

The news comes from a JLR insider who talked with AutoCar about the move. The insider confirmed the new plant will build vehicles based on JLR’s new aluminum architecture, which should include the rumored, all-new Defender.

The new Defender, known within the company as “Project Darwin” and codenamed L663, is expected to be the primary product of the new plant. However, as JLR’s growth continues to rise, the facility might be home to more than just the Defender. Among the likely candidate is the upcoming Land Rover Discovery 5, or LR5 as it would be called in the U.S. Codenamed L462, the new Disco will finally undergo the aluminum transformation, helping drop weight while adding fuel efficiency.

The plant location is said to be currently under investigation, though two locations are showing promise. The first is near the town of Gyor, Hungary while the second is in an unspecified area in Poland. The Gyor location shows much promise thanks to the established supplier base already in place that services Audi in construction of the TT Coupe and its four-cylinder engines.

While this move might not be conventional for a company with such British heritage, the global economy has proven automakers are no longer confined by geography.

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Land Rover Plans New Heritage Division

Land Rover Plans New Heritage Division

Land Rover estimates that 70 percent of vehicles it has built built since the marque’s introduction in 1948 are still in existence — maybe not operational, but they do exist in varying states, between sitting in a showroom with delivery miles and sitting in a field with weeds growing through the engine bay. There’s a pretty good business opportunity to be found somewhere between the two.

Following the path set by the Jaguar Heritage division, Jaguar Land Rover has established the Land Rover Heritage division, which will supply genuine parts built using original tooling methods for Land Rovers that have been out of productions for over 10 years. These include body, trim and service parts for the Range Rover Classic (the first Range Rover) and salvage and service parts for the P38 Range Rover and Discovery 1 and 2. Selected new parts will also be available for Series I, II and III Land Rovers, with more gradually becoming available soon after.

The new division launches at the 2015 Techno Classica show in Essen Germany, where this lovely blue, basically new Classic Range Rover will provide a showcase for Land Rover Heritage parts and services.

Continue reading to learn more about Land Rover’s new Heritage division.

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2015 Land Rover Defender Paul Smith Edition

2015 Land Rover Defender Paul Smith Edition

Sir Paul Smith is best known for designing fashionable menswear, having a reputation that spans nearly 40 years, but the Brit has just tried his hand at designing his own Land Rover Defender. Thanks to Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations branch, Smith has created his own one-off exterior color scheme and interior appointments in celebration of the Defender’s last year in production.

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2015 Land Rover Defender Paul Smith Edition

2015 Land Rover Defender Paul Smith Edition

Sir Paul Smith is best known for designing fashionable menswear, having a reputation that spans nearly 40 years, but the Brit has just tried his hand at designing his own Land Rover Defender. Thanks to Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations branch, Smith has created his own one-off exterior color scheme and interior appointments in celebration of the Defender’s last year in production.

As it turns out, Smith is a Land Rover fan, having owned several throughout the years. His current Land Rover is also a defender and is parked at his Italian residence. “[The house] is in the middle of the countryside, so it’s the perfect vehicle to cope with the rugged terrain,” he says.

Smith is very right about the Defender’s abilities. Under that fancy paint job lies a hard-core off-roader with twin solid axles, all-terrain tires, a part-time 4WD system, and enough ground clearance to keep the body free of damage. While this Defender’s capabilities haven’t changed, there are plenty of other aspects that are completely new.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Land Rover Defender Paul Smith Edition.

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Jaguar Land Rover Announces Three Cars To Be Featured in Bond Spectre

Jaguar Land Rover Announces Three Cars To Be Featured in Bond Spectre

The 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, set to be called "Spectre," will feature an array of eye candy for car enthusiasts, as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that three of its special vehicles will appear in the movie. We already knew that Aston Martin’s DB10 will be the new "Bond car," but the three JLR models are likely to be equally rewarding for car fans. I say this since these will not be stock vehicles, but ones provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, which is kind of like a skunkworks team for the British company.

The breathtaking Jaguar C-X75 concept will feature in a car chase through Rome alongside Bond’s Aston Martin DB10, with Jaguar mentioning that a number of C-X75 models have been built specifically for the film in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. Unlike the original electric-gas turbine concept car, the C-X75 used in "Spectre" will be powered by a supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8, so expect some old-school exhaust sounds during the chase sequence.

The other two JLR vehicles to make an appearance are a Range Rover Sport SVR and a heavily modified Land Rover Defender, both of which have already finished filming for "Spectre" in Austria. As some of you know, the Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful production Landie ever, but I have a feeling that the Defender will leave a more lasting impression on movie-goers, thanks to its lifted chassis and 37-inch off-road tires.

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2015 Land Rover Defender Autobiography Limited Edition

2015 Land Rover Defender Autobiography Limited Edition

Land Rover is making no bones about celebrating the venerable Defender SUV as its production halts at the close of 2015. Part of the party is a few special edition Defenders such as this top-notch Autobiography Edition. Fitted with more power from its diesel engine, a two-tone paint job, and a bunch of interior adornment, this Autobiography Edition is the pentacle of greatness for the dying off-roader.

Dating back to 1948 after the conclusion of WWII, Land Rover began building legendary off-road vehicles that competed with the United States’ Willys Jeep. The Defender itself first debuted in 1983 and came in no less than three wheel base lengths and several cab and bed configurations. A favorite among British farmers, the pickup truck version offered plenty of hauling capabilities while still offering all the off-road prowess needed to traverse muddy barn lots and rock-strewn streams.

As the years have rolled on, the Defender has remained relatively unchanged – never adopting a more modern design or electronic gadgetry. Interestingly enough, the Defender name was one of its additions, coming in 1990. Before that, the vehicle was simply called by its wheelbase length; 90, 110, and 127.

Now for 2015, the Autobiography Edition comes with such luxuries as a full Windsor Leather interior with Semi Aniline leather seats complete with twin-needle contrast stitching, 16-inch gloss black alloy wheels, LED projector beam headlights, a choice of seven lower body colors, and a 28-horse pump in power.

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Land Rover Recreates 1948 Defender Production Line

Land Rover creates an authentic historical experience with its Celebration Assembly Line that opened this week. It features period-correct parts and machinery in an environment designed to recreate the original Land Rover Series I factory.

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Land Rover Recreates 1948 Defender Production Line

Land Rover Recreates 1948 Defender Production Line

Land Rover takes seriously the business of preserving its heritage. So much so, in fact, it built a full-scale replica of the original assembly line that began building the Series I Land Rover in 1948. The attraction just opened this week and showcases replica Series I models in various stages of construction while surrounded by period-correct tools and machinery. It’s all part of the huge celebration Land Rover is throwing itself in honor of the Defender’s last year in production within the U.K.

The Celebration Line is located within the main assembly building in the Solihull factory, the same factory where Jaguar Land Rover currently assembles the Defender and where the Series I first came to life shortly after WWII.

Visitors taking the tour are immersed into the environment as they dawn “cow gown” overalls just as factory workers did. Never-before-seen footage of Land Rover founder Maurice Wilks shows the original assembly line in action. JLR’s Heritage Director, John Edwards, say the experience will bring guests back to the beginning. “Land Rover has a rich heritage based around the Series I and Defender models, and we wanted to create something extra special that would give visitors and enthusiasts a unique insight into how it all started back in 1948.”

Creating the Heritage Line was a massive undertaking that required much expertise and tracking down of original parts for both the Series I replicas and the assembly line. Continue reading past the jump

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2015 Land Rover Defender Heritage Edition

2015 Land Rover Defender Heritage Edition

Launched in 1983 as a successor to the original Land Rover Series, the Defender remained largely unaltered throughout its life, with none of the three important revisions it received in 1990, 2007 and 2012 diluting its classic, no-nonsense recipe. Currently not available in the U.S. due to safety regulations — the North American version was discontinued in 1997 — the Defender lives on in Great Britain and Europe in many shapes and sizes, ranging from three-door SUVs to double-cab pickups. However, the iconic Defender will cease to exist, when Land Rover plans to axe the vehicle after 32 years of existence. For its final year on the market, the British bid fairwell to their SUV by releasing several special-edition models, one of which is the Heritage Edition.

As the name suggests, this limited-edition Defender pays homage to its past, but the celebration goes beyond 1983, the year it was born. For the Heritage Edition, Land Rover turned to the "HUE 166," the company’s very first Land Rover Series SUV. Born in 1947, the small two-door off-roader registered as the HUE 166 in Britain kick-started the SUV that would remain in production for 38 years. Read on to find out more about this modern take on the SUV that helped Land Rover become the esteemed company we know today.

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2015 Land Rover Defender SVR

2015 Land Rover Defender SVR

Jaguar Land Rover has made a lot of gains since reinventing its identity as an aggressive brand willing to take on the big boys of the business. Now the company is looking to take things a step further by turning to its Special Vehicles Operations division to build halo models to further distinguish its models. The 500-employee-strong department isn’t sitting pretty these days. It was largely responsible for turning the F-Type Project 7 into a production sports car. Now, it’s setting its sights on another model, namely the Land Rover Defender SVR.

Land Rover boss John Edwards told Autocar of the company’s plans to turn the current-generation Defender’s 2015 swan song into an opportunity to celebrate the model. One way to do that is to send the model to SVO to see what kind of personalization it can come out with for the outgoing SUV.

The move would certainly give the Defender an appropriate send-off before Land Rover reportedly turns it into a dual-purpose, sub-brand that will be marketed differently from the Range and Discovery brands. The decision to send the Defender to SVO follows in the footsteps of the Range Rover Sport SVR, which Land Rover unveiled at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. That bad-boy came with a unique design that included styling cues and interior amenities no other Range Rover had. It also packed a supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 that produced 542 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful Range Rover ever built.

Now imagine the possibilities when the Defender goes through the same SVO process. I certainly have a hard time believing it would be as decked out as the Range Rover Sport SVR, but I’m not closing the door on SVO coming up with a program well-suited for the Defender’s utilitarian character.

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Land Rover Details its Future Lineup

Land Rover Details its Future Lineup

Land Rover is set to embark on a massive and admittedly ambitious expansion the likes of which we haven’t seen from the British SUV maker. The company’s Range Rover brand has always been its meal ticket, but there’s a good chance that it might soon share honors with the Discovery and Defender models, each of which is set to expand into its own family of models.

Car Magazine is reporting that that Land Rover is laying the groundwork to create a separate line of models for the Discovery and the Defender, effectively creating three sub-families under the Land Rover name. The British magazine discussed this development with Land Rover’s design director and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern. According to McGovern, Land Rover is aligning its brands to create three separate families - Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender - with each family having one standout characteristic.

The Range Rover will be a luxury sub-brand, that was established a long time ago. The Discovery, however, will be all about "Leisure," something Land Rover began with the arrival of the sportier-than-usual Discovery Sport, which is apparently taking the place of the Freelander. Discussions within the company are also on-going regarding the development of the fifth-generation Discovery that was showcased in preview guise by the Discovery Vision Concept at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

Land Rover will also work on differentiating the Range Rover models from the Discovery models.

Then there’s the Defender. McGovern described it as the dual-purpose sub-brand that will be markedly different from the Range and Discovery brands. Don’t expect the new lineup of Defenders to be similar in aesthetics to its brothers, as these models will retain the same utilitarian character best associated with the roots of Land Rover. McGovern specifically pointed to the importance of having multiple Defender models, largely because it’s the brand that will cater to traditional fans of Land Rover.

“The Defender is about durability,” McGovern told Car. “You kick the hell out of them and they get up for more.”

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Top 10 Cars We Can't Have in the U.S.

Top 10 Cars We Can’t Have in the U.S.

The U.S. auto industry have given us some of the most incredible automobiles over the last 100 hundred years. Starting with the Ford Model T, the first vehicle mass-produced on moving assembly lines, and ending with the aluminum-bodied, 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, America has made a name for itself as one of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers. Before the Great Depression, the U.S. produced over 90 percent of the vehicles sold globally, and after World War II it was responsible for 75 percent of the world’s production. That’s no longer the case in 2014, when China manufactures nearly 20 million vehicle a year, more than both the U.S. and Japan.

Sure, these numbers don’t mean U.S. manufacturers have lost their touch. Just look at the new Mustang and Corvette Z06, and you’ll notice the brilliant engineering and the passion are still there. However, it’s common knowledge that global production works on different standards which restrict the availability of certain models in certain markets. It works both ways. Europe, for instance, can’t have many of the vehicles sold in the U.S., while Americans can’t buy cars made by a variety of European brands. Ironically, North American manufacturers have launched a bevy of nameplates that can’t be had in the U.S. And while most of them wouldn’t stir any interest on these shores, some vehicles have caused great frustration to the American enthusiast.

I’m going to talk about the latter. The cool cars we can’t buy and drive over various production or import issues, or even the manufacturer’s lack of interest in the U.S. market. Take a look at my choices below and tell me what you guys think. I narrowed the list down to 10 vehicles, so feel free to let me know which ones you think I should have included in the comments box.

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2014 Land Rover Defender Africa Edition

2014 Land Rover Defender Africa Edition

The Land Rover Defender, one of the most coveted off-road vehicles ever built, will get the axe in 2015, 22 years after its introduction and 66 years after its ancestor, the Land Rover Series, was launched. An icon will cease to exist, although the Brits are working on a successor that will arrive sometime in 2017. While the disappearing of the original Defender is sad news for all off-road enthusiasts, Land Rover is bidding fairwell to its potent SUV by releasing several special-edition models. The most recent to come out of the company’s Solihull plant is the Africa Edition, of which only 50 units will be built.

As the name suggests, this extremely limited SUV pays tribute to the vehicle’s go-anywhere capabilities and its countless encounters with the African continent, and its harsh climate and landscape. Be it military, humanitarian aid missions or rally raids, the Defender remains one of the few vehicles to conquer Africa on land, and the Africa edition emphasizes on these achievements once more. Sure, we don’t need a special-edition SUV to remember the greatness of the Defender, but every iteration is welcome as the iconic vehicle is preparing its exit from the market.

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2014 Land Rover "Chelsea Defender" By Kahn Design

2014 Land Rover "Chelsea Defender" By Kahn Design

British design firm Kahn Design is one of the best Land Rover modifiers in the business. That’s not an opinion as it is a fact. Time and again, Kahn releases new programs for Land Rover SUVs, sometimes to the point of even saturating its portfolio with the amount of projects it builds. It’s latest work, though, is a real treat, especially for fans of the Defender.

The program is called the Chelsea Defender and as you can expect, Kahn Design put in serious work to refine it. The end result really speaks for itself. The Defender looks absolutely gorgeous, a far departure from its traditional utilitarian look that doesn’t really do much to excite our senses.

This work brings out the eyes of the Defender, so to speak. It’s a comprehensive project, too, which is a bit surprising considering that Kahn usually reserves its modifications for the interior. So imagine our surprise when we saw a modified exterior look on the Defender, highlighted by a Nara Bronze paint finish with LED diamond bright lights.

It’s another impressive project by Kahn Design. At this point, you really expect nothing less from Kahn.

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2014 Land Rover Defender Black And Silver Packs

2014 Land Rover Defender Black And Silver Packs

The Land Rover Defender has soldiered on decade after decade escaping any major update from its humble roots as a utilitarian military vehicle built to weather extreme environments, incoming artillery, and any off-road challenge Mother Nature could throw at it.

Through the years though, the Defender has softened up around the edges, with most changes happening within the cabin. While the changes have been enough to keep it afloat, safety regulations and dwindling sales have ushered in the Defender’s demise. Its last year in production is scheduled for 2015.

Before the Defender’s last stand, Land Rover is dolling it up for a few last hurrahs. Two all-new special edition packages will be offered for 2015: the ‘Black Pack’ and ‘Silver Pack.’ By selecting either pack, the roof, front grille surround, wheels, and interior trim are turned either a Santorini black finish or bright Indus silver finish. The exterior body color is then painted black or silver to highly contrast the other parts.

Other bits include a color-matching ‘Defender’ script on the hood, tented privacy windows, and a black Alston headliner. Contrasting wheels are also present.

The packs will make their official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Both packs will be available on the short (90-inches) wheelbase, two-door and the (110-inch) long wheelbase, four-door Defender. Pricing has yet to be released, but unless you live outside the U.S., it won’t matter. The Defender doesn’t meet Federal regulations and hasn’t been available stateside for many years.

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Land Rover Defender Pickup to Debut in 2017

WhatCar? reports that Land Rover could launch a pickup version based on the next-generation Defender. The news broke after Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern explained that the pickup can only be launched when more conventional models of the Defender hit the market.

Now, Land Rover is planning to introduce the new Defender in the year 2016, this according to reports, which will be available in five- and seven-seat configurations, and permanent all-wheel drive. The WhatCar? report goes on to say that the upcoming Defender pickup would be a premium offering with all-wheel drive as standard. It is touted to rival the Volkswagen Amarok

The pickup version will only come in a five-seat, crew-cab configuration with permanent all-wheel drive. Traditionally, the Land Rover Defender has been available in various body styles, including hard top, soft top, wagon, utility wagon, chassis cab, double cab, etc. The rugged Defender platform has proven to be versatile, which can be tailored for specific applications.

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2013 Land Rover Defender 2.2 by Kahn Design

2013 Land Rover Defender 2.2 by Kahn Design

The Land Rover Defender has lived a long and glorious life that began back in 1948. The Defender is set to retire in 2015, following 67 years of production. Seen as an example of highly rugged British engineering, the Defender went on to conquer the world, thanks to its go-anywhere ability.

Land Rover plans to replace the Defender with a new model, based on the DC100 Concept. That said, the legacy of the original Defender has rendered it with "classic" status.

A. Kahn Design specializes in the customization of Land Rovers and its latest creation is based on a Defender 2.2 TDCi. Kahn likes to call it the Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCi SW 90 Chelsea Wide Track.

Kahn retained the classic shape of the Defender, but the subtle detailing make this Kahn Design Defender rather special.

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Land Rover Defender Sales Tanking, Accelerating Phase-Out Plans

It is indeed a sad day as we learn of Land Rover’s plans to end production of the iconic but barely road-worthy Defender.

Automotive News reported that recent sales stats of this lovable truck are in a tailspin during its last years on the market before saying ‘bye bye’ for 2015.

U.S. federal safety, emissions and import duties on small trucks keep the go-anywhere vehicle from roaming our shores with its lack of compliance to such thing as crumple zones and airbags. The one Defender we did get is long gone even in England: the V-8 automatic convertible two-door. Almost all green and very charming, these were the rich-guy Wrangler Jeep of the 1990s.

In the markets where it is sold outside the UK, like continental Europe, 50 years of history is almost a negative feature versus ultramodern crossovers. The Defender’s main problem is that it drives like a ’lorrie’ and is more uncomfortable and thirsty with diesel than one too.

Europeans have simply lost interest in the Defender, with Land Rover selling a mere 561 units in the first eight months of 2013, according to JATO Dynamics.

The historic SUV first saw production in 1983 and was sold within the US in very limited numbers. It was built on both a 90-inch or 110-inch wheelbase and featured a variety of different powerplants - both gasoline and diesel – and body configurations.

The Defender’s extreme prowess off road and its rarity have earned it a cult following among enthusiasts. Such conditions have kept values for Defenders rather elevated for those in the US – even causing some to enter the country via the black market and away from Uncle Sam’s watchful regulatory eye.

However, there may be a silver lining in losing the Defender. A replacement for the hard-hitting rover is likely in the works and would be built well within the safety standards of governments world-wide and feature amenities buyers no longer consider optional. Power steering, a suspension that absorbs bumps and strong A/C are all features the Defender lacks.

Much of JLR’s cash is tied up trying to resuscitate Jaguar, so the Defender is taking a back seat in the new world of Euro6 and Cafe fuel standards.

"The Defender replacement remains far from ready due to a lack of volume and weak business case," analyst Max Warburton with Bernstein Research wrote in a recent report on Jaguar Land Rover.

Land Rover did show the DC100 concept at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, but according to Warburton, the project has since been scrubbed.

He says Land Rover is currently mulling over an aluminum-bodied vehicle that would employ the current Range Rover’s underpinnings as a possible Defender replacement.

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2013 Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track by Kahn Design

2013 Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track by Kahn Design

AS each week closes out, Mo and the folks at KAhn design roll out another fine example of the designer’s customization skills. This time, Kahn based its upgrade on the Land Rover Defender, and Kahn describes it as "a unique interpretation of an iconic vehicle." We couldn’t agree more.

As per usual with Kahn, the new Chelsea Wide Track package includes only exterior and interior updates, and the Defender is a good canvas for this, since it has never been about speed or power. Kahn took to task updating the look of the rugged Defender, and to enhancing its notorious off-road capabilities.

For this, Kahn added in a new aerodynamic kit with new front and rear wings, hood and side vents with mesh stainless steel, stainless-steel mesh for the front grilles,military-style headlights, and Kahn badges on the wing and tailgate.IT’s subtle, but it manages to give the rugged defender a refined look; kind of like putting an unshaven Clint Eastwood in a Armani suit.

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2013 Land Rover Defender by Startech

2013 Land Rover Defender by Startech

It’s hard to confuse the Land Rover defender for a modern-day all-road utility vehicle.

The aesthetics pretty much give it away off the bat. But even with the utilitarian façade, the Defender is still capable of getting a luxury treatment. German tuner, Startech, proved that with its latest program for the Defender, which is headed to the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The official details have yet to be revealed, but judging by the photos we’re seeing, the Defender definitely looks like its ready to dance at Frankfurt, packed with aesthetic and aero modifications, including a redesigned grille, a new set of LED headlamps and plenty of aluminum accents.

The interior is where the Defender looks to have leveled-up to become a true wonder of luxury. The wooden floors on the rear are a nice touch, as are the premium trims that seem to have been appropriately placed inside the Defender’s cabin.

Plenty of leather and Alcantara were also used inside the Defender, highlighting the contrast in personality the exterior and the interior of this utility vehicle.

More details are set to arrive once the Frankfurt Auto Show opens its doors. But we gotta say, this Startech program really captures our imaginations.

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2013 Land Rover Defender 90 - Chelsea Wide Track By Kahn Design

2013 Land Rover Defender 90 - Chelsea Wide Track By Kahn Design

Kahn Design has revealed the styling of their latest Land Rover Defender 90 up-fit, which includes a comprehensive exterior and interior makeover and the Chelsea Wide Track name. The Kahn personalization options list is immense, with near limitless combinations of paints, tweeds and leathers to camouflage this classic off-road machine in urban war paint.

Ever the victim of aggressive personalization, the Defender is still trendy because of how impractical and hilariously uncomfortable it is to drive. The mechanicals for Kahn’s extreme makeover stay the same as the stock model, aside from some light engine enhancements to the 2.2-liter turbo diesel and of course the giant wheel/tire/spring package.

These vehicles are part of a new co-branding effort between Kahn Design and the Chelsea Truck Company. Forming what must be the most absurdly wordy name in history, the truck is best referred to as the Chelsea Defender. Offered in the 90 or 110-inch body styles, the Chelsea Defender offers some tasteful and some not-so-tasteful ways for customers to part with their cash.

Cynicism about modified Defenders is possible only from afar. Driving a Defender is still a strange treat off road, but its rude manners on pavement mean that owners have little choice: they must try to engineer improvements themselves via the aftermarket.

Kahn’s custom Land Rover will not be joining the official U.S. price lists any time soon. A fun competitor might be the Nissan Murano CrossCarbiolet] - but sadly, the convertible Defender is not one of the five body styles offered for this legendary truck’s designer up-fit.

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2013 Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track Fuji White by Kahn Design

2013 Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track Fuji White by Kahn Design

Back in March, Kahn Design unveiled a cool Chelsea Wide Track tuning kit based on the Land Rover Defender. This week, the tuner has further expanded the kit with a few more options and come with the Chelsea Wide Track Fuji White/ Matt Pearl Grey.

The updates offered for the new package are similar to the ones offered in the previous version, but this time the SUV is painted in a nice combination of Fuji White and Matt Pearl Grey, while for the interior, the tuner opted to combine red leather with black quilted leather and grey Alcantara with silver stitching.

Along with this cool color combination, Kahn also offers up an aerodynamic exterior kit, a new set of wheels, privacy glass and lots of updates for the interior.

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2013 Land Rover Defender LXV Special Edition

2013 Land Rover Defender LXV Special Edition

Land Rover is celebrating its 65th anniversary with a special event that will also include the launch of a special-edition Defender LXV (65 in Roman numerals). Is not a surprise that Land Rover has chosen to base this special edition on a Defender model, especially when you consider it i the best sold model on the company’s lineup with over two million units sold since its official launch.

The new Defender LXV can be ordered in either Santorini Black or Fuji White. Both colors will get contrasting Corris Grey roof, grille and headlight surrounds, plus a set of 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels.

For the interior, Land Rover has opted for a unique orange contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel and center cubby compartment. There are also "LXV" logos embossed on the front headrests. As an option, customers can also get a union flag decal placed on the rear of the vehicle.

The new Defender LXV will be put on sale in August.

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2013 Land Rover Discovery TDV6 XS by Kahn Design

2013 Land Rover Discovery TDV6 XS by Kahn Design

It looks like Kahn Design is into a real competition with itself as every week comes with a new tuning package. This week, the tuner updated the Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 XS with a very cool RS300 package.

For the exterior, the package adds a pair of RS vented front air dams, an RS front grille with 3D mesh, door entry sill plates in stainless steel and RS vented rear air dams. LED lights are used for the front wheel arch stripes and, in order to offer you the best protection, the model comes equipped with privacy tinted glass.

For the interior, Kahn is offers up a diamond-quilted center glove box, vented foot pedals in machined aluminum, front, middle and rear seats in quilted and perforated black leather, and ca lock bezel surround finished with Swarovski diamonds.

The last piece of the new RS300 package is a new set of RS600 wheels.

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2013 Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track by Kahn Design

2013 Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track by Kahn Design

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.

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2013 Land Rover Defender Military Edition by Kahn Design

2013 Land Rover Defender Military Edition by Kahn Design

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.

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Land Rover's Future Lineup Revealed

Land Rover’s Future Lineup Revealed

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.

<pFinally, for the utility line-up, Land Rover is planning to unveil a production version for the DC100 concept, a new Defender offered in both standard and long-wheelbase version, plus a pick-up Defender set to arrive sometime in late 2015 or early 2016.

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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2016 Report: Revised Land Rover Defender Will Make it to U.S. Dealers

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.

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2013 Land Rover Defender

2013 Land Rover Defender

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!

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2012 Land Rover Concept 17 Defender by Kahn Design

2012 Land Rover Concept 17 Defender by Kahn Design

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.

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2012 Land Rover Defender X-Tech Edition

2012 Land Rover Defender X-Tech Edition

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.

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2013 Land Rover DC100 Expedition Concept

2013 Land Rover DC100 Expedition Concept

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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2011 Land Rover DC100 Concept

2011 Land Rover DC100 Concept

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 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!

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2012 Land Rover DC100 Sport Concept

2012 Land Rover DC100 Sport Concept

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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2012 Land Rover Defender by Project Kahn

2012 Land Rover Defender by Project Kahn

Project Kahn is headed to the Frankfurt Motor Show with one of the most impressive update packages they have offered this year. The package is based on the 2012 Land Rover Defender and will provide the customers with the opportunity to express their individuality through a bit of customization.

The Project Kahn Defender will combine innovative artistic skills with state-of-the art manufacturing and materials technology. It includes a new set of 22" RS wheels that will accommodate all of the original Land Rover center caps, but the real gem is the customization options. For both the exterior and interior, the tuner is offering their customers the chance to express their personality. Project Kahn states: "We could, for example, design for you a vehicle with an exterior the color of your shirt and an interior the same shade of your living room, the choice is yours." That’s right, you can get you Defender any color you want. Kind of like a custom paint color by your local hardware store, but much cooler.

Power for the Defender will still from a 2.4 liter diesel Cosworth engine delivering more than the 122 HP and 265 lbs-ft of torque found in the current Defender.

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2012 Land Rover Defender

2012 Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender is scheduled to be replaced in 2013, but the company is giving the SUV one more chance to bring in some cash. For the 2012 model yea,r the Defender has received a new EU5 2.2-liter diesel engine - to replace the EU4 2.4-liter diesel - that makes the Defender the cleanest Land Rover Defender yet produced. The 2012 Defender is priced at £20,995 on the British market, or about $34,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers a total of 122 HP at 500rpm and a peak torque of 265 lbs-ft at 2,000rpm. The engine is mated to a GFT MT 82 six-speed gearbox and will sprint the car to a top speed of 90 mph.

For 2012, the Defender has also received two new packages: Comfort and Offroad. The Comfort Pack includes air conditioning, a CD Player with auxiliary input, electric windows, and remote central locking. The Off-Road Pack comes with ABS, heavy duty rims and MTR tires, and a tow ball and under-ride protection bar.

"The substantial improvements to the Defender in 2007 transformed its on-road refinement and comfort whilst extending its legendary capability off-road for which Defender is synonymous. With the introduction of the new 2.2-litre diesel engine and two option packs, the Defender for 2012 now offers greater customer choice than ever before," said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.

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2011 Land Rover Defender X-Tech Limited Edition

2011 Land Rover Defender X-Tech Limited Edition

Land Rover UK is letting the British have it with a special edition model of its four wheel drive utility model. The Defender X-Tech will come in a two-door and four-door format, as well as the 90 Hard Top Commercial, with prices starting from £24,995 (or $33,401 at the current rates). Sales will begin in March.

Painted in Silver or Bronze, the X-Tech edition will be distinguished by a contrasting Santorini Black finish to the roof and wheel arches. And, for the first time, this Defender is fitted with unique gloss black 16 inch Saw Tooth alloy wheels.

The inside of the Defender offers the perfect contrast to the exterior with an Ebony finish on the leather seats and side bolsters. The 4X4 is available with a full range of accessories to enhance capability and individuality.

Under the hood, Land Rover has placed a 2.4 liter common-rail diesel engine, so this special edition can not only get you going with 360Nm of torque, but it can also save the driver gas while it’s doing it.

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2010 Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition by Startech

2010 Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition by Startech

Startech is going to arrive at the Essen Motorshow with a tuning package for one of the oldest models in the world: the Land Rover Defender. The package is called the Yachting Edition and features a bright white exterior paint job with a premium leather/Alcantara interior dyed navy blue.

While the exterior only gets new running boards with integrated entrance lights and wider tires, the interior gets a complete overhaul. For starters, Startech has found the finest navy blue leather with contrasting seams and applied them to the door and side panels. The same treatment has also been applied to the dashboard, center console, and the Recaro sport seats.

The headliner is made from Alcantara dyed the same color as the leather appointments. The tuner also added an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, shifter, emergency brake, and reduction gear lever all covered with navy-blue leather and a Yachting Edition plaque on the center console. These additions don’t really add much of a nautical flair until you look down and see the oiled teak stretching the length of the vehicle.

Aside from the aesthetic changes provided to the Defender, the SUV also gets a high-end sound system with an integrated touch screen navigation system.

Press release after the jump.

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