- Next year will mark 75 years since the first Land Rover, the Series I, was shown to the public at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948.
- The commemorative Defender, known as the 75th Limited Edition, will be available in two- and four-door configurations, but will only come with the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine.
- Standard features include a folding fabric roof and an 11.4-inch touchscreen, but the signature feature is Grasmere Green paint exclusive to this model.
Launched to a motoring public accustomed to post-WWII austerity, the original Land Rover blended the ride quality of a tractor with the comfort of a sheet metal garden shed. It was a kind of Wellington boot on wheels, capable of everything from farm work to pan-world exploration. Every early Land Rover exudes a deep sense of British courage. And probably a little oil slick.
To celebrate the enduring charm of the original effort, Jaguar Land Rover has launched a commemorative edition of the current Defender. A modern Land Rover is an entirely different beast from its farming ancestor, like a high-rise apartment in London’s opulent One Hyde Park compared to a shepherd’s cottage. Nonetheless, the new Defender is still charming in its own way, and here’s a special one.
The 75eThe Limited Edition will be available in either 90 or 110 versions, Land Rover’s terms for the short-wheelbase two-door version and the longer four-door version. Regardless of the number of doors, each will be powered by the P400-class 3.0-litre straight-six. A turbocharged and supercharged hybrid, this engine is good for 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is, of course, on-demand all-wheel drive.
Defender 75 standard interior featurese The limited edition is a blend of luxury and all-terrain intent. There’s a retractable folding fabric roof to let the big spaces in, and the center console is trimmed in material designed to take abuse. At the same time, the 75e gets heated seats and steering wheel, a head-up display, an upgraded stereo and an 11.4-inch touchscreen to handle infotainment tasks.
The real story is the paint, dubbed Grasmere Green. We last saw this tint on Heritage Edition Defenders, and it’s a direct link to early Land Rovers. The kind of semi-institutional color you might see in a 1950s British hospital, it’s a little lighter and less metallic than the greens found elsewhere in the automotive landscape.
For the 75eLimited edition, the green also extends to the painted wheels and interior accents. It’s still a Wellie on wheels. But really very nice. Pricing should be announced soon.
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