Land Rover Unveils 75th Anniversary Edition Defender

Green and well equipped, it’s a deliberate though gentle nod towards the Defender’s heritage.

Land Rover has announced a 75th Anniversary Edition of the Defender 90 and 110.

The headline feature is the use of Grasmere Green, used for the Heritage Edition of the previous Defender – but this is its first appearance onthe L663. The distinctive shade is used on the body, roof and even the 20in alloy wheels, clad with all-terrain Goodyear Wranglers.

Other exterior cues include Matrix LED lights (normally a £760 option) and a fabric folding roof – though buyers can opt for a sliding panoramic version instead. You’ll also find a square ’75 Years’ logo on the bottom-left corner of the tailgate.

Inside, Grasmere Green is found again on the powder-coated Cross Car Beam, whose end caps are laser-etched with the words ‘75 Years’. For the seat upholstery, Land Rover has used Resist Ebony – the black, no-cost, non-leather option.

Does the use of exterior colour for the Cross Car Beam remind you of the bulkhead/dash in a Series I, II or IIA?

The 75th Anniversary Edition is based on the HSE spec, which means healthy lashings of standard equipment. The driver gets a head-up display, Configurable Terrain Response and 3D Surround Camera to play with. Occupants benefit from three-zone climate control and wireless device charging with a WiFi signal booster.

One of the most valuable extras (normally a £2285 option) is the Towing pack, which means All Terrain Progress Control, Terrain Response 2, an electrically deployable tow bar and Advanced Tow Assist.

Two powertrains are available for this edition. The 110 comes as either a D300 diesel mild hybrid or a P400e petrol plug-in hybrid. The 90 is available only as a D300.

This is apparently a limited edition, but production numbers have not been announced. It’s therefore unknown just how rare or ‘limited’ this edition will be.

Prices start at £85,995 for the D300 90, £89,995 for the D300 110 and £93,995 for the P400e. In other words, it’s roughly £23k-25k more than a normal Defender HSE model, without the optional extras that the 75th Anniversary Edition Defender includes.

75th Anniversary logo on the rear tailgate is a giveaway... if you hadn't noticed the Grasmere Green.
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