New Land Rover Defender that was inspired by Anglesey original has been launched
The latest Land Rover Defender - which has been inspired by the original vehicle dreamt up on Anglesey - has been launched.
Production of the long running Defender - whose lineage dated back to the original Land Rover of 1948 - ended in 2016, with drivers instantly mourning the loss of the company’s seminal off-roader.
Now the iconic brand has released the Defender 110, with a nod to its past.
Back in 1947, engineering director Maurice Wilks sketched the shape for the original Land Rover on Red Wharf Bay beach.
The prototype vehicles were then developed based on these original designs and driven to the Amsterdam Motor Show of 1948 for their first public showing.
The rest is history, with the vehicle becoming among the most iconic automotive brands in the world.
Land Rover's Defender has always been the vehicle most closely associated with that original prototype and the latest edition embraces that heritage.
Gerry McGovern, chief design officer at Land Rover, said: "The new Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it. This is a new Defender for a New Age.
"Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable – a visually compelling 4x4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment."
A distinctive silhouette makes the new Defender - which a starting price of £45,000 - instantly recognisable, with minimal front and rear overhangs providing excellent approach and departure angles.
Land Rover’s designers re-envisioned familiar Defender trademarks for the 21st century, giving the new 4x4 a purposeful upright stance and Alpine light windows in the roof, while retaining the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally-mounted spare wheel that make the original so identifiable.
A spokesman added: "The unmistakable silhouette is familiar yet new. It looks tough and is tough but designed with purpose and engineered to excite. Iconic in name, shape and capability, Defender can be personalised to allow owners to make the most of their world.
"Across seven decades of pioneering innovation, Land Rovers have earned a unique place in the hearts of explorers, humanitarian agencies and adventurous families across the world.
"Proven in the harshest environments on earth, the new Defender maintains this bloodline."