• Jan 13th 2011 at 7:28PM
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Land Rover Defender X-Tech Limited Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Belgians may not be known as much for military prowess as, say, for beer or waffles – at least not since conquering the Congo, anyway – but Brussels is also the seat of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO was established as a united front against the Communist bloc, and still stands as one of the most formidable alliances of nations this side of the Star Wars empire. A perfect place, then, to unveil a paramilitary-type vehicle like the X-Tech Limited Edition.

Easily as tough as any Hummer or Jeep, the X-Tech is based on the Land Rover Defender – one of the most rock-solid rock-crawlers ever devised. It's available in either silver, three-door Defender 90 form or in five-door Defender 110 long wheelbase in olive green, both offset by black roof, wheel arches, interior and new "saw-tooth" alloys. Not a major upgrade on the standard model, but just enough to give it the attitude it deserves.

Unveiled at the Brussels Motorshow, the Defender X-Tech is unfortunately unavailable in the North American market, but you can dream by checking out the gallery below.

[Source: Land Rover]

  • Class-leading all-terrain capability with a raw and edgy style
  • Striking Zermatt Silver exterior, with contrast Santorini Black finish to the roof and wheel arches, and an Ebony interior
  • Introduction of 16 inch Saw Tooth alloy wheels
  • On sale from March 2011 starting at £24,995
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 12th January 2011, Land Rover launches the new 2011 Defender X-Tech Limited Edition at Brussels Motorshow.

The Defender X-Tech offers raw and edgy style, with the class-leading all-terrain capability you would expect of this motoring icon.
The exterior is available in Zermatt Silver, enhanced by a contrasting Santorini Black finish to the roof and wheel arches. And, for the first time, this Defender is fitted with unique gloss black 16 inch Saw Tooth alloy wheels, to create a sense of raw utilitarianism.

The interior is available in Ebony and the seats offer the addition of leather side bolsters, for a more refined finish.
The Defender X-Tech is available in the 90 Hard Top Commercial derivative, with the full range of accessories also available to enhance capability and individuality.

Powered by the 2.4 litre common-rail diesel engine, this Defender boasts fuel efficiency and performance with 360Nm torque for effortless towing and enhanced on-road performance.

The Defender X-Tech Limited Edition will go on sale from March 2011 starting at £24,995

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      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      In Brussels? Someone trying to get EU military contracts? Not gonna happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take the 110 in black
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see why Land Rover simply can't drop in a good engine and lower emissions for the US and add an airbag or two and sell it as a work/entry level Land Rover to get people into the brand? Or make it a halo vehicle in the US as something to aspire to? Either way, If Land Rover EVER decides to sell it here again, I think they should do a low production run. Kinda like what Ford did with the GT. Only for a longer production period.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are redesigning the defender as we speak to relaunch globally, so one assumes in the US market as well. One wonders if it will maintain any of the legacy that made it what it was, or if it is going to go the way the rest of rovers are and get all posh and road oriented- if so why bother redesigning it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You won't find it because THIS is a real SUV and not some poser brand like Hummer was.
      • 4 Years Ago
      X-Tech? Was it named by Japanese teenagers? Cool truck, regardless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drool just covered my keyboard
      • 4 Years Ago
      No one's getting though that, at least not any bugs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, go Belgium. First you set a post-war record for a period without government (still no government since June 2010) and now this...it's all happening ;) I'll have the 90" with the V8 diesel from the RR, please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These things are awesome. I would love one.

      That said, my parents had a Range Rover (new) while I was growing up. It was ALWAYS in the shop. Leaking, breaking down. But, boy was it great when it was running.

      It was a tank, nothing was stopping that thing. Not even the golf ball size hail storm I drove it through.

      • 4 Years Ago
      only 25 thousand quid for a land rover? sounds like a bargain for what at least looks quite robust in the pictures, hmm
      • 4 Years Ago
      The coolest vehicle we dont get here in the USA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was being sarcastic Ben, and im pretty sure they sold more than just one but not enough to keep it around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @onwayroll, not true my friend's dad bought one, and he is now driving it. The damn thing is huge and awesome. And it works every time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        onwayroll, that's not the reason they're not sold in the US anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too bad nobody bought the defender when it was on sale in the 90's.
        • 4 Years Ago

        You are right bro
        In 1998 regulations changed to require the fitting of airbags for both front seat passengers in all vehicles, as well as side door impact requirements. The Defender could not be fitted with these without major modifications, which given the small numbers of NAS vehicles sold in relation to Land Rover's global sales, were not economically viable. Land Rover retired its utility vehicles at the end of 1997 to focus on its more upmarket Discovery and Range Rover models
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