History of Defender
The Land Rover Defender is often credited with initiating Land Rover's increasing popularity and association with adventure.
In 1983, Land Rover introduced the One-Ten and Ninety, both coil-sprung 4x4s with four-cylinder engines, which followed the original Land Rover Station Wagon (1948) and Series II and Series III models produced in the 1950s and 70s. In 1990, Land Rover rebranded these models as the Defender, which became very popular over the next two decades, leading to an updated version.
The 2007 Defender evolution included a major facelift to modernize this iconic model that had become synonymous with Land Rover's rich heritage and rugged capability. Although there were minor updates, tweaks, and special editions to the Defender throughout the 2010s, it was not until recently that a whole new model was announced, sparking excitement among SUV enthusiasts worldwide. The Defender, as we know it, ended production in 2016.