2011 Land Rover Defender X Tech Limited Edition (UK Model) Shown

2011 Land Rover Defender X Tech Limited Edition (UK Model) Shown

When I was a kid, I was drawn to cars and trucks of all kinds, but the exotics from Europe were always parked in my dream garage.  Although most kids drooled over Porsches and Ferraris, I had a simpler, and more rugged four wheeled dream; the Land Rover Defender 90.  Don’t get me wrong, European sports cars still make my heart skip a beat, but the simplicity and boxy style of Defenders will forever make them my first automotive love.  After owning a Discovery II for 8 years, I have learned to appreciate the British craftsmanship and utilitarian style that have made Land Rovers synonymous with off-roading and adventure.  Athough many Land Rovers are mechanical nightmares (mine didn’t last much more than 85,000 miles), there is no denying their good looks and rugged charm.

Although still on sale throughout most of the world, Defenders have not been sold in the US since 1997 due to government safety regulations.  This has made the Defender a rare truck that has in effect driven prices for used Defenders up into the $40,000+ range.  For years, i’ve wondered if Land Rover was ever going to bring the Defender back and have grown very skeptical after introducing models like the Freelander which strayed from their rugged, off-road roots.  Recent reports from Land Rover indicate that they are planning on coming out with a new Defender in 2015, with a preview of it coming in 2013.  Although I am very excited with the prospect, I just hope that they stick to what made it famous and not deviate too far from it’s current look and functionality.  If they could keep the price reasonable and the mechanicals more reliable, that would also be much appreciated!  I hope Land Rover has their best and brightest on the project and I look forward to seeing what they come up with in a couple of years.

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