Defender is the epitome of toughness, of ruggedness, of strength and most importantly of capability.

Gerry McGovern
Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer

  • WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

    Conceived in 1947, Land Rover broke the mould as the go-anywhere, multipurpose vehicle ‘for the farmer, the countryman and general industrial use’.

  • DEFENDER TODAY

    Celebrate 67 years of service across the world as Land Rover - rechristened Defender in 1990 - marks an exciting new era in the vehicle's history.

  • DRIVING AHEAD

    Three limited edition Defenders launch in 2015. Heritage and Adventure embody Land Rover’s qualities, and Autobiography unites luxury with capability.

  • NEW HORIZONS

    As UK production of the current Defender enters its final phase, Land Rover will use 2015 to celebrate its global automotive icon and look ahead to an all-new family of Defenders.

Autobiography

Autobiography

HERITAGE LIMITED EDITION

One of three limited edition Defender models, each celebrating a different element of Land Rover's character and history, the Heritage edition is inspired by Series I Land Rovers. Production of this collectors' item, which combines original design features with modern comfort, is strictly limited.

Autobiography

Autobiography

DESIGN DETAILS

The grille echoes the earliest designs, and HUE 166 graphics recall the registration plate of the first pre-production Land Rover. Unique Grasmere Green paint matched to the characteristic Land Rover green, with Almond cloth seats to echo Huey's interior and an original Land Rover badge, add up to a fitting homage to Series I.

Autobiography

Autobiography

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Land Rover Series I was launched by the Rover Company on 30 April 1948. It was built from Birmabright, an aluminium/magnesium alloy left over from wartime aircraft production, as steel was tightly rationed.

Autobiography

Autobiography

THE WORLD'S OLDEST LAND ROVER

HUE 166 is the original Land Rover and is still running today. Known affectionately as Huey, the go-anywhere, four-wheel drive vehicle featured an innovative transfer gearbox with two ranges, High and Low. Paint was in short supply after WWII, so ex-RAF Ascot cockpit green was was the only colour available.

Heritage

HERITAGE LIMITED EDITION

HERITAGE LIMITED EDITION

One of three limited edition Defender models, each celebrating a different element of Land Rover's character and history, the Heritage edition is inspired by Series I Land Rovers. Production of this collectors' item, which combines original design features with modern comfort, is strictly limited.

DESIGN DETAILS

DESIGN DETAILS

The grille echoes the earliest designs, and HUE 166 graphics recall the registration plate of the first pre-production Land Rover. Unique Grasmere Green paint matched to the characteristic Land Rover green, with Almond cloth seats to echo Huey's interior and an original Land Rover badge, add up to a fitting homage to Series I.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Land Rover Series I was launched by the Rover Company on 30 April 1948. It was built from Birmabright, an aluminium/magnesium alloy left over from wartime aircraft production, as steel was tightly rationed.

Adventure

Adventure

ADVENTURE LIMITED EDITION

Catch the Adventure limited edition while you can, as there are only a small number of vehicles in production for launch in August 2015. It is fitted out for Land Rover drivers who love the great outdoors and embrace Defender's go-anywhere, do-anything potential, with underbody protection and maximum traction/reinforced tyres to boost its all-terrain capability.

Adventure

Adventure

Ready to explore

Practical and comfortable details ensure the Adventure edition will become a collectors' item. Design details include leather seats and steering wheel and unique decals. An optional rear ladder, and raised air intake to improve wading capability, will identify the vehicle as ready to explore the most inaccessible terrain.

Adventure

Adventure

FAMOUSLY ADVENTUROUS

From its earliest days, Land Rover's famous capability attracted adventurers determined to explore inaccessible places. Almost as soon as Land Rover launched, Colonel Leblanc drove his brand new 80-inch Series I Land Rover from the United Kingdom to what is now Ethiopia.

Adventure

Adventure

LONDON TO SINGAPORE

It was one of the longest ever overland journeys - half way around the world from London to Singapore. In 1955, six Oxford and Cambridge students, driving two Land Rovers, succeeded where earlier expeditions had been defeated by 12,000 miles of challenging terrain that included jungle, desert, swamp and mountains.

Adventure

Adventure

Born Free

The origin of Land Rover's historic association with Born Free goes back to the beginning where Land Rovers were featured in the classic 1966 wildlife film Born Free, starring the Foundation's founders, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers. The requirement was then, as it is now, to rely on the Land Rover vehicles to reach wildlife in the most remote of locations.

Adventure

Adventure

THE G4 CHALLENGE

Successor to the Camel Trophy, the Land Rover G4 Challenge was a global adventure competition that supported the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. With distinctive Tangiers Orange paintwork, Defender competed in challenging drives around the world.