Land Rover isn’t giving up on the old Defender just yet
Land Rover Classic launches loads of new parts for the old workhorse, including an excellent roof tent on the ‘Expedition Camper’
The very last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line in Solihull in January 2016. Not to make you feel old or anything, but that was almost eight years ago. A horrifying thought. And yet, Land Rover hasn’t given up on its oldest child. In fact, it’s still coming up with new parts for it.
The latest batch of new bits has just been introduced by Land Rover Classic and was shown off at this year’s Goodwood Revival earlier in September. There’s some cool stuff too, particularly on a car that Land Rover calls the ‘Expedition Camper’.
The EC does exactly what it says on the tin – converts the Defender into a proper overlander. Of course, people have been doing just that for decades, but Land Rover Classic has now partnered with TentBox to create an official, branded roof tent that should be available in 2024. We’re told that will be compatible with both the Classic Defender 90 and 110 when it’s launched, and there will also be the option of a ‘Land Rover Classic approved’ interior conversion. That’s carried out by a company called The Ply Guys and adds a bed, a kitchen area and much storage space into the rear of the Defender.
The Expedition Camper also shows off some LED headlights, side steps, black Sawtooth wheels and a black exterior pack that murders out the grille, headlight surrounds and heritage badging. Inside there are premium front seats, a natural birch roof lining, and a Harris Tweed centre console and rear bench.
It’s not just camper conversions that will benefit from this new addition of parts though. There’s also a new Silver Exterior Pack, LED rear lights, a rubber boot liner, an expedition roof rack and ladder combo, new winches and too many other bits to name. Seems there’s still big money in the old Defender for Land Rover after all…
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