The Defender has been part of Land Rover's cannon for over 68 years. The tough, reliable off-roader has served the world over in a huge variety of demanding conditions. Fittingly, the iconic Defender isn't going away without a fight.
To start with, Land Rover have constructed the largest ever sand drawing built in the UK. Produced by a team of six Land Rovers, a Kilometre -wide monument to the original Defender outline stood proudly on the beach at Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey.
A continuous 4.52km line produced by 12-foot harrows - the length of 1,118 Defender 90 Station Wagons - was etched in to the bay, minutes before the tide erased their efforts.
Nick Rogers, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director, said: "Passion and enthusiasm surround everything we do with Defender, and that will never change. With a history stretching back 68 years, this is a Land Rover that has thrived for decades on its unquestionable capability and iconic shape."
As Part of the Celebrations, Land Rover also announced three exclusive Defender models - the Autobiography, the Heritage and the Adventure.
The Autobiography Defender
Only 80 of the Autobiography will be produced, making it one of the most exclusive Defender editions of all time. It promises to be one of the most luxurious and comfortable edition of the model's 68-year run.
It features a special dual-tone colour scheme, with a unique palette available only to the Autobiography. It's kitted out with a full Windsor Leather interior, as well as semi-Aniline premium leather stitched seats with exclusive Autobiography logo.
A reserved exterior, special touches such as seven-inch LED projector headlamps and 16-inch Gloss Black Sawtooth alloy wheels give away the special nature of this Defender. Under the bonnet, a reworked engine sees an increased power output of almost 25% to 150PS, and an increase in torque to 400Nm.
The Defender Heritage
The Heritage edition, which will see a production run of 400 units, harks back to the original Series 1 1947 Land Rover - known affectionately as 'Huey'. The refreshingly no-nonsense approach of the Heritage is seen in the traditional-style grill and the hard wearing steel wheels.
It also bears similar visual cues, with Iconic Grasmere Green metallic paintwork with Alaska White roof. Body-coloured wheel arches and mudflaps bear the heritage logo, whilst a silver front bumper and door hinges pay homage to the iconic Defender.
Don't be fooled by the exterior however, as the Heritage Defender sports an all-modern interior underneath. A leather steering wheel and gear lever is accompanied by aluminium trim for the air vents, door handles and locks. As practical as it is stylish, the 110 Station Wagon variant also comes with seven forward-facing full size seats.
The Defender Adventure
The most radical of the brand new designs, the Adventure Edition will come in a run of 600 units. As the name suggests, the adventure aims to build upon the Defender's stalwart off road credentials, opening up potential for a whole new world of adventure.
Substantial new underbody protection for the engine sump and side sills ensures added durability in demanding terrain. The addition of some extra-grippy Goodyear MT/R ensures the Adventure can handle whatever is thrown at it. Other modifications, such as the Expedition roof rack, exhaust snorkel and rear access ladder, make this the most diverse Defender yet.
Visually, this model features Gloss Black split-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels, and a choice of three striking paint colours in grey, white or orange. All models are offset by contrasting Santorini Black detailing. Inside, the dashboard if finished with high quality Windsor leather, with aluminium detailing on the clock and vents.