The Land Rover Defender, an iconic workhorse, ceased production in 2016 after a glorious run spanning decades. But, surprisingly, Land Rover hasn’t turned its back on this beloved classic. Land Rover Classic continues to breathe new life into the old Defender with an array of exciting parts and accessories, showcased recently at the 2023 Goodwood Revival event.
The Expedition Camper Transformation:
One of the standout additions to the Defender’s repertoire is the ‘Expedition Camper’ (EC) package. This conversion kit transforms the Defender into a true overlander, catering to the adventurer in all of us. While enthusiasts have been customizing Defenders for off-road expeditions for years, Land Rover Classic has taken it a step further by partnering with TentBox. The highlight of this collaboration is the official branded roof tent, set to hit the market in 2024. This roof tent is designed to be compatible with both the Classic Defender 90 and 110 models. For those seeking an all-in-one package, there’s also the option of a ‘Land Rover Classic approved’ interior conversion. Executed by The Ply Guys, this conversion adds a cozy bed, a functional kitchen area, and ample storage space to the rear of the Defender, making it an ideal companion for extended journeys.
Expedition Camper Features:
The Expedition Camper isn’t just about functionality; it’s also about style. It boasts a range of enhancements, including LED headlights, side steps, sleek black Sawtooth wheels, and a black exterior pack that adds a touch of aggressiveness by darkening the grille, headlight surrounds, and heritage badging. Inside the cabin, you’ll find premium front seats, a natural birch roof lining, and a touch of elegance with a Harris Tweed center console and rear bench.
More Than Just Campers:
While the Expedition Camper certainly steals the spotlight, Land Rover Classic has introduced a comprehensive range of parts and accessories to cater to various Defender enthusiasts. This includes the Silver Exterior Pack, LED rear lights, a durable rubber boot liner, an expedition roof rack and ladder combination, new winches, and a plethora of other components that can be used to customize and enhance the old Defender’s performance and aesthetics.
Eight years have passed since the last Land Rover Defender rolled off the assembly line, but the spirit of this rugged icon is far from fading away. Land Rover Classic’s commitment to breathing new life into the classic Defender is commendable. The Expedition Camper package, complete with the official roof tent and interior conversion, showcases the brand’s dedication to keeping the Defender adventure-ready. Furthermore, the extensive range of parts and accessories ensures that Defender enthusiasts can continue to enjoy and personalize their beloved classics.
In an age where modernity often overshadows tradition, Land Rover’s ongoing support for the Defender is a testament to the enduring appeal and timeless charm of this legendary off-roader. For those who cherish the spirit of adventure and the iconic Land Rover Defender, the journey is far from over.