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Special Land Rover Defenders announced for final year

Land Rover is marking the Defender’s final year of production with three new limited-edition models

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Land Rover has announced three limited-edition versions of the Defender, marking the iconic vehicle’s last year in production.

What are they?

The three models have been conceived to each celebrate a different element of the vehicle’s versatile character, according to the company. The models are called the Autobiography Edition, Heritage Edition and Adventure Edition.

What engines can I choose from?

Each is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine.

How much equipment do they come with?

The Autobiography Edition gets a power upgrade (from 121bhp to 148bhp), a rise in torque (from 265lb ft to 295lb ft), duo-tone paint and LED headlights.

The upper bodywork, bonnet, grille and headlamp surrounds are in Santorini Black. It features side steps, privacy glass and a metal filler cap. Full Windsor leather covers most of the cabin, including the dash and rooflining, while the seats feature leather with contrast stitching.

The Heritage Edition features Grasmere Green metallic paintwork, white roof, silver front bumper and heritage grille and headlamp surrounds. Aluminium brightwork is used in the cabin and the model gets β€˜HUE 166’ graphics, which references the registration of the first pre-production Series 1 Land Rover.

The third model is the Adventure Edition which is available in Corris Grey, Yulong White or Phoenix Orange paint. The 90 Station Wagon gets the same uprated engine as the Autobiography. It has an expedition roof rack, snorkel and rear access ladder, as well as underbody and under-sill protection.

Inside, it is trimmed in Windsor leather and gets aluminium brightwork.

How much do they cost?

The Autobiography Edition is priced from Β£61,845 and is set to go on sale in April. It will be produced as the 90 Station Wagon and just 80 examples will be built for the UK.

A total of 400 examples of the Heritage Edition will be made, each priced from around Β£27,800. It will go on sale in August and be available as a 90 Hard Top, 90 Station Wagon and 110 Station Wagon.

The Adventure Edition will be made in a run of 600 vehicles, in either 90 Station Wagon or 110 Station Wagon forms. It will cost from Β£43,995 when it goes on sale in August.

How good are their rivals?

Plenty of other SUVs are better on the road than the Defender, such as the BMW X3 and the Nissan X-Trail, but few can match the Defender's off-road capabilities.

While there are lots of strong competitors in the large SUV category, few have the iconic status of the Defender.