Introduced when Ronald Reagan was still in office, the Land Rover Defender (nÃ©e 90 or 110) is one of the oldest and most iconic vehicles available new in Europe.Â Throughout its long production run it has never been given a major makeover but Land Rover has made it a point to update it regularly in order to keep it looking fresh.
To celebrate its 30th birthday in 2013, the big 'ute gets a revamped interior that consists of redesigned front seats that are billed as more ergonomic and a new sound system that comes with a USB port. There is no touch screen in sight but buyers with a bit of extra cash can opt for a beefier stereo linked to Alpine speakers and a Bluetooth connectivity system.
The other changes for next year are found on the outside of the car where Land Rover has added two new colors to the Defender lineup, a black called Borolo and a brown dubbed Havana.
To bring the Defender in-tune with the latest trends in the automotive industry, its roof can be ordered in Santorini Black, Indus Silver, Orkney Grey or Firenze Red. There have been two-tone Defenders in the past but they have never been this colorful.
Land Rover has not made any changes under the hood but the Defender was fitted with a brand new engine last year, a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that makes 122 horsepower and 265 lb-ft. of torque. Linked to a six-speed manual transmission, it enables the SUV to reach 62 mph from a stop in 14.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 90 mph.
The updated Defender will greet the public for the first time on the Land Rover stand at the Paris Motor Show.