Despite reaching the ripe old age of 66, the original off-roader will be trying to show it’s still got ‘it’ with new Black Pack and Silver Pack models that attempt to bring style and heightened comfort to the Defender’s rugged performance.
In what could be seen as the first of a series of last hurrahs for the aging icon, Land Rover will be debuting what it calls two “distinctive option packs” for the Defender that add aluminum external finishes and internal leather trims.
The Black Pack sees the Defender get a Santorini black roof, grille and wheel arches plus tinted privacy glass. While inside it gets a headliner usually reserved for its more well-to-do younger brother, the Range Rover.
As the name suggest, the Silver Pack brings a bright Indus silver finish to the roof, wheel arches and grille surround, but also throws a set of dual finish alloy wheels in for good measure.
Both packs can also be specified (at extra cost) with contrasting leather seats, but ABS and Dynamic Stability control for tackling even the toughest of terrain will both be included as standard.
In terms of looks and rugged performance, the Defender really has stood the test of time. It is now a senior citizen but has hardly changed over its six decades in production.
However, the end of the road is nigh and Land Rover will be calling time on the car at the end of 2015. Because, as with the equally iconic VW camper van that finally ceased production in December 2013, the Defender can no longer meet increasing safety and environmental legislation.