After a production run lasting since 1983 and indirectly since 1948, the Land Rover Defender will be no more after this year. Though the iconic off-roader and utility vehicle will be getting a replacement, it’s still sad to see this old workhorse go. In this video, we get a rare glimpse of the Defender production line, showing what will likely be some of the last ever Defenders to be produced.
Land Rover is also producing three special editions of the Defender in its last year, entitled the Heritage, Adventure, and Autobiography editions. The Adventure Edition will feature additional under-body cladding and off-road tires, while the other two editions will feature purely cosmetic upgrades.
Defender production will finally grind to a halt at Land Rover’s Solihull, England factory in December of this year. However, we have word that production of the Defender may continue at Jaguar Land Rover’s new overseas factories, for sale in emerging markets. The new model that will replace the Defender has not been officially unveiled, though a host of concepts are visible on-line. Most of the automotive community is speculating that the new model will debut in 2016 some time, thought this remains unclear.