The iconic Land Rover Defender may be in its twighlight after more than half a century of production, but that isn’t stopping the UK brand from applying some final tweaks and upgrades ahead of its all-new replacement due within the next few years.
Land Rover will unveil a host of new Defender features at next month’s Geneva motor show, led by the inclusion of stability control for the first time and new ‘Black Pack’ and ‘Silver Pack’ option packages.
The Black Pack brings Santorini black detailing to the roof, grille and headlight surrounds, wheelarches, Defender bonnet logo and interior facia. Tinted windows and black headlining help complete the sinister look, along with a choice of gloss black steel or sawtooth alloy wheels.
The Silver Pack replaces the Black Pack’s black detailing with silver, and adds silver five-spoke alloys and clear taillights and indicators.
Both come with contrasting leather trim that is now optional across the board, with tinted windows, silver painted running board also joining the options list.
The 2015 model-year changes will be available from July 2014 production, and will also see stability control feature as standard on all Defender 90 and 110 models, adding to the existing ABS and traction control. Long-wheelbase Defender 130 models will also be available with ABS for the first time, but not the new stability control system.
Land Rover is yet to announce local timing or pricing for the 2015 Defender upgrades, but we’d expect to see them in showrooms before the end of the year.
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