Refinement and customisation upgrades announced for 2013 Defender
The interior upgrades address criticisms of driver and passenger comfort offered in the carmaker’s oldest vehicle. New for the 2013 model year is the option of sports-style seats with an integral head rest designed to boost comfort on long journeys and support while covering rough terrain.
Buyers will also be able to specify an upgraded in-car entertainment system supplied by Alpine, including a subwoofer mounted behind the storage box between the front seats and upgrades to the rest of the car’s speakers.
Following a lead set by the heavily customisable Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover has also bolstered the colour choices for the Defender for 2013. Two new body colours, Barolo Red and a dark blue called Havana, are borrowed from the Evoque colour palette, and new models can be ordered with black, silver, grey and red roofs in addition to the white already available.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: ‘The appeal of the Land Rover Defender has been strengthened with the opportunity for customers to enhance their driving comfort and also to personalise their vehicle with a range of contrast roof colours. Underpinned by the powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine and its go anywhere capability, the iconic Defender retains the rugged appeal that it's always been famous for but now with even greater customer choice.’
The Defender descends from the original Land Rover, sold for 64 years. This latest package of upgrades follows a revised version launched last year, which features a new 2.2-litre diesel engine and six-speed gearbox, ventilated brake discs, an upgraded interior and speed limiter to control fuel costs for fleet customers.