The latest version of Land Rover's Defender off-roader has gone on sale.
Prices start at £18,645 for a short-wheelbase 90 pick-up, rising to £26,605 for a medium-wheelbase 110 Double Cab in XS trim. The long-wheelbase 130 arrives in July, with prices starting at £22,655. Prices are up, on average, by £400.
For the money you'll get an improved engine with more pulling power for muddy conditions and a new six-speed manual gearbox.
The transmission has a lower first gear for added traction off-road, and a higher sixth gear, which aims to give improved refinement when cruising on the motorway.
It has more supportive seats, and the ventilation and stereo system are both completely revised to make the cabin more pleasant.
All prices include contributions to Land Rover's carbon dioxide emissions offset scheme. It is a delete option - you can choose not to pay it - and costs from £85 to £165.
• With its origins in 1948, the Defender has proved to be one of the most capable and dependable off-road vehicles. Land Rover says it's looking at how it can extend the life of the Defender beyond 2010.
An all-new Defender replacement isn't ruled out, but another road-focused model to sit below the new Freelander is far more likely.
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