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Land Rover Defender: Reimagining an icon

The first-generation Defender remained almost unchanged over a three-decade production run. The new model, fresh on local soil, has large tyre tracks to follow, says Kyle Kock.

Of all the models in the Land Rover line-up, the Defender was the one that was most true to the original ethos of the Series 1. It was put to pasture indefinitely four years ago, as a relic of ancient motoring when emissions regulations and crash-test safety standards were not yet as important as they are today.

But the motoring world and 4x4 community waited with bated breath as the Solihull-based firm worked on a successor. Finally, after a long build-up and much-hyped unveiling, the all-new Defender is available locally.

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