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Land Rover Defender XTech special edition (2012)

Mon, 09 Jul 2012

Land Rover has announced a stylish new XTech special edition of its timeless Defender 4x4.

Despite the Defender’s farmers’ roots, Land Rover has loaded the XTech with a bundle of extra equipment and a series of cosmetic upgrades.

So what’s new on the Land Rover Defender XTech?

The Defender’s instantly recognisable bold design is still present in the new XTech special, but with noticeable alterations. This Defender comes in a choice of Orkney Grey or Nara Bronze, coupled with a Santoroni Black roof and wheel arches, finished with a pure black chequer plate bumper and sill decoys to match.

The headlights are smoked to hint at the Santorini Black paintwork and a ‘Defender’ decal sits prominently above the rear LED lights. It’s probably the poshest Defender yet.

The quirky colour combination continues inside the cabin; the cabin is part-trimmed in Ebony leather and the centre control panel comes in the same paint finish as the exterior.

Is the XTech packed with equipment and as practical as the original Defender?

Don’t think for a moment that the XTech won’t be as practical as any other Defender; it comes with MTR off-road tyres on16-inch gloss black Saw Tooth alloy wheels and electronic traction control.

The XTech is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, producing 266lb ft of torque. Should make it perfect for effortless towing and everyday driving - on and off-road.

Also standard on this special edition Landy are a rear-step bumper entry and exit, central locking, air-conditioning, plus heated seats and front windscreen.

When can I order my 2012 XTech Defender?

The Defender XTech will be offered on 90 Hard Top and 110 Utility Wagon Defenders. It goes on sale in July 2012, with a starting price of £27,995.

By Sophie Williamson-Stothert