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Article - Indestructibles: The world’s toughest and most timeless SUVs

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3. Land Rover Defender - SUV stagnation

"At a recent Land Rover event, I was complimenting an executive for staying faithful to the old-fashioned but much-beloved Land Rover, which was awkwardly renamed the Defender in 1990. The response?
Rolling eyes - and the confession that "we can't wait until it finally goes out of production." The good man, while perhaps not a representative voice, still had a point. While some classic off-roaders have acquired acceptable road manners, such progress has not been achieved with the Defender.

The British off-roader was first launched in 1948 and, even today, it is remarkably close to the original in much more than spirit. Over the years, the Defender received only small incremental upgrades, and as a result, it has preserved the "raw" feel of early models. Put less politely, it drives and feels like a tractor. (Editor’s note, this is coming from the same man who just bought a Lada."
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"Once offered with a large number of engines, the Defender's portfolio has been reduced to a noisy 2.2-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel. Top speed is just over 90mph, and it is no fun anywhere near that limit.
Practical it is, as Yoda might say. The Defender is still available in several body styles and with three lengths of wheelbase. It’s also the cheapest Land Rover on the market, at the equivalent of around $35,000.

The Defender was supposed to go out of production by the end of the year, and a "Heritage Edition" is already sold out. Orders for the regular model have become so strong that the production run has been extended well into 2016. Eat your heart out, Land Rover executive."
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