Among the many not-for-U.S.-sale vehicles we adore, there are few SUV's counted. In fact, there may be just one: The Land Rover Defender. Unavailable in the colonies since many of us were in short pants – or at least college – the Defender is the direct descendent of the original Landie and the last bastion of the traditionally butch British utility. Sure, the Defender is no longer quite as hardcore as it was in the Land Rover Series II and III days, but it's clearly no Range Rover.

Just take a look at this new XTech Special Edition model, in its military hues of Orkney Grey and Nara Bronze with Santorini Black trim. Sure, it has heated leather seats, but check out that dash: No nav and manual climate controls. And those black alloy 16-inch wheels, shod with 235/85 Goodyear Wranglers are the real deal for off-roading. The Defender XTech Special Edition is powered by a 2.2-liter diesel is mated to a six-speed manual.

Available in both Defender 90 and the longer wheelbase 110 models in two- and four-door body styles, the XTech Special Edition goes on sale in the UK this month, with a starting price of £27,995, or about $43,445.

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  • Striking Nara Bronze body colour unique to Defender Special Edition
  • Contrasting black roof & wheel arches with black chequer plate to bumper & sills
  • 16-inch Gloss Black Saw Tooth alloy wheels with MTR off-road tyres
  • Land Rover embossed front headrests
  • On sale from July starting at £27,995
Whitley, July 9 2012 – The iconic Land Rover Defender now has even more rugged appeal with the launch of the Defender XTech Special Edition.

Offering customers the same assured breadth of capability, the Defender XTech stands out from the crowd in Orkney Grey or striking Nara Bronze, which is unique to this special edition, with contrast Santorini Black roof and wheel arches and black chequer plate along the bumper and sills.

A special 'DEFENDER' decal sits above the rear LED lights whilst the front lights are enhanced with Santorini Black headlamp surrounds in contrast to the body colour. This distinctive front end design is complemented with a body colour grille and gloss black Land Rover lettering on the bonnet. A rear step bumper assembly aids entry, exit and loading. Gloss Black Saw Tooth 16-inch alloy wheels and MTR off-road tyres complete the look giving the Defender XTech a powerfully strong and purposeful stance.

A pure Ebony part leather interior complements both the Orkney Grey and Nara Bronze with contrast Lunar stitching. The Land Rover logo is embossed on front headrests whilst carpet mats have the Defender logo woven in. To harmonise with the exterior of this special edition, the central switch panel matches the body colour of the vehicle with the same paint finish.

The XTech Special Edition comes with a high level of standard equipment, including Air Conditioning, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Traction Control, central locking with remote control and heated seats and windscreen.

With a choice of the 90 Hard Top and 110 Utility Wagon, a range of standard options and accessories are available to add even more capability and character to this iconic four-wheel drive vehicle.

Powered by the 2.2-litre diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission, the Defender boasts 360Nm of torque for effortless towing and excellent driver refinement whether on or off-road.

The Defender XTech Special Edition goes on sale from July starting at £27,995.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Notice the wheels? 16-inch and relatively narrow. Is it possible that these have a more serious purpose than the wide 20 or 24" shiny-alloy ghetto wheels you see on Escalades and similar parked in American suburbia? And the 2.2-litre diesel? And manual transmission?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes it is. At least function won over form this time, unlike the soccer mom, gas guzzling, ghetto nigglish SUVs you get.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My best mate just took delivery of a brand new 110, in white. It's not hard to see why people love 'em, they're pretty cool. I just wish he'd follow my advice about getting full-size "UN" graphics on each door to complete the look!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks ready for the end of the world, still want it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Approximately how small does your penis need to be to require that much compensation?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I guess about 9 inches since I like 'em. Ha.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No matter how short, I bet you're much shorter on cash.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, if you want excellent off road capabilities, you but a Land Rover Defender,if you need to compensate for a small penis and hide latent homosexuality, you buy a Hummer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh about the same as is required to buy a Hummer.
      Wilma Creighton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Safe to assume that guys that feel they need this big of a car have a "innie" when its cold, if you know what I mean?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having driving Landies for many years, all over the world in some of the harshest terrains I can attest how brilliant these are off road, so anyone suggesting otherwise clearly has never even been near one. Like all serious off roader, you need to know what you are doing and understand the terrain. Biggest shame, now I live in the USA I can't get one, not even a grey import anymore, I think it's all to do with crash testing and the such.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah but what about the moose test?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It would drive over the unfortunate moose and just keep going. No need to lane change.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Have you ever seen a semi hit a deer? It's hilarious...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good looking center console, right out of 1984.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't this use the same manual trans as the Mustang GT?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on Autoblog, you're professional WRITERS!!!...No apostrophe is needed in the plural of SUV....Jeez....
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm dying to get a Defender 90 hardtop with the jump seats and swinging door so my boys and two buddies can leap from the back like commandos on their way to the bagel shop on Saturday morning. That and climb mountains like billygoats and ford rivers like moose. But i still love the jump seats.
      • 2 Years Ago
      There`s a company in Ontario that imports them ive seen there stuff pretty amazing
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