• Next year marks 75 years since the first Land Rover, the Series I, was revealed to the public at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show.
  • Memorable Defenderknown as the 75th Limited Edition, will be available in two- and four-door configurations, but will only come with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine.
  • Standard features include a folding fabric roof and an 11.4-inch touchscreen, but the highlight is the Grasmere Green paint job exclusive to this model.

Introduced to a motoring public accustomed to austerity after the Second World War, the original Land Rover combined the driving qualities of a tractor with the comfort of a tin garden shed. It was a kind of Wellington boot on wheels, capable of everything from agricultural work to world exploration. Every early Land Rover exudes a deep sense of British daring. And maybe 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. The modern Land Rover is a very different beast from its agricultural ancestor, like a high-rise apartment in posh London’s Hyde Park compared to a thatched shepherd’s cottage. That said, the new Defender is still charming, and that’s special.

75thousandThe limited edition will be available in either 90 or 110 trims, with Land Rover terms for a short-wheelbase two-door version and a longer four-door version. Regardless of the number of doors, each will be equipped with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine of the P400 class. A turbocharged and supercharged hybrid, this engine makes 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is, of course, all-wheel drive on demand.

Standard elements of the Defender 75 interiorthousand The limited edition is a combination of luxury and off-road intentions. There’s a retractable folding fabric roof for alfresco fun, and the center console is trimmed in abuse-resistant material. At the same time 75thousand gets heated seats and a steering wheel, a head-up display, an upgraded stereo system and an 11.4-inch touchscreen for infotainment.

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The real story is the paint that got the name Grasmere Green. Last time we saw this shade Heritage Edition Defenders, and is a direct link to early Land Rovers. The semi-institutional color seen in a 1950s British hospital is slightly lighter and less metallic than the green found elsewhere in the automotive landscape.

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Heritage Edition Land Rover Defenders.

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For 75thousandLimited edition, the green color extends to painted wheels and interior accents. It’s still Veli on wheels. But really very good. Pricing is expected to be announced soon.

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