A couple of days ago, we saw a 1958 Land Rover with tracks on it. This is one muscle truck that can drive on all road and weather conditions, but it didn’t have that much to offer in the interior. Now, we have got here a Land Rover Defender that looks perfectly rugged on the outside, but has a luxurious interior that totally contrasts the exterior design. This was made possible by the tuners from Startech.
Normally, the German tuners would give the Autobiography trim to higher end models like the Evoque, Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport. But they probably thought that it would look awesome if they combine the Defender’s rugged nature with the Autobiography’s luxurious feel. So they decided to give the Defender the overall treatment.
Beginning from the car’s exterior, the front end has been customized with aluminum running boards, a new grille, dirt flaps and a new hood. The “Defender” logo had been blacked out to blend into the all black exterior finish. A new pair of lights has also been added, combined with a set of 18-inch Monostar D Black wheels that finish off the whole look.
Moving into the cabin, you will notice a whole lot of new upgrades. The interior is covered in bespoke cream leather upholstery, accented with white bits and pieces from the upper dash, seats, to central armrest, and the door panels. Thin blue strips separate the two-tone leather for an added detail. The driver now gets a sporty steering wheel in leather, and shiny aluminum pedals that reminds the driver of the rugged exterior.
In the back of the truck, the Defender gets a wood finished flooring and bench-type seats that can accommodate four people. The benches get the same upholstery as the interior seats that make them look fancy. But the cool thing here is that Startech added a Focal sound system with three Swell speakers perfect for road trips.
To be honest, what Startech has done to the Defender is pretty awesome, combining elements that you would not think will work together. But this is not a surprise as the German tuner has been putting together some pretty amazing stuff with the use of exclusive wood inlays, aluminum components, carbon fiber, fine leather and Alcantara. Also, this is not the first ever Defender the company has customized, as they tuned one back in 2015.
In other news, Land Rover says that the next-generation Defender isn’t so far away from being released. In fact, it might already come out in 2018 with a lot more features than the current model.