Land Rover Defender – Designed with Purpose


June 8, 2023

Words by: Tom Sedens

A 4x4 icon - reimagined for the next generation

It feels like Land Rover has been with us forever. In 1948, the Series I was introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show. And now, Land Rover is celebrating 75 years of heritage with the new Defender 75th Limited Edition.

With an instantly recognizable silhouette, modern, compelling proportions and sophisticated surface treatments, everything about Defender is designed with integrity and purpose. 

The Defender’s raised hood, sculpted grille and precise details carry over, but this special limited edition sees the introduction of the Grasmere Green colour – even the wheels are painted to complement the body – along with a 75 Years graphic and exclusive exterior design detailing.


You’ll find LED lighting all around, with Matrix LED headlights and some of the coolest square LED tail lights you will ever see.

Defender’s durability and function continue on the inside. Its versatile interior has received similar treatment, with the Cross Car Beam finished in brushed Grasmere Green Powder Coat with laser-etched 75 detailing on Cross Car Beam end caps. The seats are upholstered in leather, with the “hockey stick” on the centre console featuring Robustec material – the most robust fabric available on Defender.

These interior finishes ensure the cabin is as hard-wearing and durable as the exterior. But it’s not all business inside. The Limited Edition is based on the high-specification HSE trim, with a comprehensive list of standard equipment. You’ll find everything you need to enjoy your trip, including an intuitive 11.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heads-up display, wireless device charging and the staggering 700-watt Meridian Surround Sound system whose 14 speakers and dual channel subwoofer deliver crystal-clear highs and rich, deep bass.

A full suite of driver assistance technology is standard, including the 3D Surround Camera system. 

When it comes to enjoying the scenery around you, there is an innovative folding fabric roof or the option of a sliding panoramic roof overhead and of course those iconic high-mounted safari windows. 

The 75th Limited Edition is powered by Land Rover’s P400 powertrain, a 3L inline-6 with mild hybrid technology that puts out 395 HP, and a stump-pulling 406 lb-ft of torque at 2000 RPM. 

It performs admirably, accelerating with ease in any situation, and can tow up to 3500 kg.

But what is all the luxury and power in the world if it can’t take you to new places? The Defender continues its legacy of being the world’s go anywhere 4×4 with its unrivaled all-terrain capability.

With a lightweight monocoque architecture chassis, configurable Terrain Response modes, almost unbelievable 37.5 degree approach and 40 degree departure angles (with the suspension set to off-road mode), and a ludicrous water wading depth of 900 mm, this is the toughest and most capable Defender yet. 

A masterful implementation of durability and function, tested to the extreme. It doesn’t just look tough – it is tough, capable of tackling the most challenging conditions with absolute confidence. 

The Land Rover Defender – tough, capable, unstoppable and without compromise when it comes to comfort, luxury and technology.

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