The brand new Land Rover Defender has already captured the public's imagination and made a similar number to the team here at Auto Express. Like many of you, we have struggled to spend a great deal of time on Land Rover & # 39; s online configurator for the car, choosing the specifications of the Defender that we would order in an ideal world – all in the name of research, you see.
The results have varied with these "Auto Express Defenders" provoking lots of splits and mockery in the office so we thought we would share them and encourage you to do the same with your personal Land Rover Defender configurations at # aedefender hashtag for social media. Show us what you have entered and tell us why. We add the best (and worst) to this page …
Land Rover Defender Configurator Creations
Land Rover's efforts to recreate a terrain icon were always full of danger, simply to the original Defender, and the Land series Rovers before it mean so many different things to so many people. All JLR's team of designers and engineers needed to do was to please all people at all times.
• Opinion: does JLR really need the new Defender in its composition?
When you look at the online configurator, they seem to have intended to do this by offering the new Defender with a variety of specifications, accessories and extras. The scope for creating your personal Defender is huge, even with modern automotive industry standards.
There are important choices to make. Are you configuring a tough, snake defender designed for wellies, hay bales and incorrect livestock? Or are you throwing the alternate list on the creation of money without objects that is better suited to the trendier parts of the city than an unknown swamp? And when you're done, will your efforts mark you as an astonishing connoisseur of the car or a solid gold picker? Do you have something to say below and the #aedefender hashtag …
Steve Fowler & # 39; s Defender
Base Price: £ 53,81
Alternative: £ 14,453
On the road: £ 70,133
Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler has gone for an aggressive look with his Defender. It has Urban Pack which includes metal disc plate and spare wheel cover plus Checker Body Protection Kit and 22 inch wheels. Inside, he has sprayed another £ 500 on the 12-way adjustable heated and cooled seats but also gone for the Advanced Off-Road Capability Pack with full terrain system 2 off-road systems, so this is not a pure city warrior.
James Batchelor & # 39; s Defender
Base Price: £ 43,370
Alternative: £ 7,270
On the Road: £ 52,510
Our Editor- large has tried to keep things relatively simple with its Defender 110 D200. He used Defender County 110 in the late 1980s as his inspiration, so for his configuration, Tasman Blue shine was mandatory as well as a white roof and white steel wheels were shod in terrain tires. He also went for the Country package with his clay, wheel arch guard and black roof rods for a classic look.
In terms of interior, it was a back-to-basics feel with a plastic steering wheel and fabric chairs and Country Packaging also gives the inside a portable rinsing system and a cargo space partition. Unfortunately, there is no bonnet mounted spare wheel and "County" door graphics in the list of great options.
Richard Ingrams Defender
Base price: £ 53,810
Alternative: £ 9,115
On the road: £ 64,835.00
Reviews editor Rich has a lot definite ideas on how to make a defender. "I have never subscribed to the idea that a Land Rover needs to be a basic workhorse. In recent years, the company has proven that you don't have to sacrifice luxury for real ability everywhere – just look at the latest Discovery and Range Rovers state-of-the-art.
" I have specified "my" defender in the intermediate SE trim with Indus Silver color, 20-inch wheels and a sliding panoramic roof. There are also heated and cooled leather seats and three-zone climate control. The punched D240 diesel should also give it enough on and off the road. "
Dean Gibson & # 39; s Defender
Base Price: £ 43,370
Alternative: £ 16,256  On the Road: £ 61,496
words, content editor Dean has gone for "full UN spec" with his Defender, and started with the starting level in white. Then the configurator unloaded the entire options list before him and things went out of hand. Dean succeeded in breaking his own UN convention with an optional extra value of £ 16,000.
James Brodie & # 39; s Defender
Base Price: N / A
Alternative: all of them  On the road: Price of application
Right of restraint is not a word found in senior staff writer James Brodie's otherwise extensive vocabulary. He actually managed to break the Land Rover Defender configurator with an excess box discharge. "I just spent ages trying to make it as expensive as possible and now it won't give me a price," he complained.
James claimed that he wanted to go for a short wheelbase 90 model, which would have been his only money-saving decision in the entire building, but they are not in the configurator yet. Of course, Land Rover's configurator algorithm considered that he could not afford it in order not to set a price for Brodies Defender. Very sensible.
Luke Wilkinson's Defender
Base Price: £ 43,370
Alternative: £ 1,815
On the Road: £ 47,919
Our resident north, staff author Luke Wilkinson, comes from a particularly rural part of Cumbria that is mostly populated by farmers. As such, the old Defender 110 is a common sight on the road for him – and he says most of them look like this. Blue color, a white roof, steel wheels and a fabric interior.
It is powered by the starting level D200 2.0-liter diesel engine – and it is fully standard, with the exception of two accessories. First, a drawbar for when you need to pull a trailer full of sheep to auction. Secondly, and most importantly, a wire mesh partition for luggage space to prevent your excitable border collie from running around the cabin on the way to the field.
Alastair Crooks & # 39; Defender
Base Price: £ 49,880
Alternative: £ 11,941
On the Road: £ 63,691
Content Editor Alastair Crooks believes that the original Land Rover Defender had a bit of an identity crisis towards the end of its 67-year production run and says the new one should revert to becoming a exploration vehicle.
"The defender should not be used to cruise around the most trendy parts of London; it should be for creating memories, adventures and records. Seeing a grumbling clean Defender parked on a suburban street just screams wasted potential. Therefore, my dream defender is equipped to challenge the great unknown and get dirty while I do it. ”
Pete Baiden & # 39; s Defender
Base Price: £ 49,880
Alternative: £ 5,605
En route: £ 57,355
Webmaker Pete Baiden has no plans to take his Defender on his way, so he's looking for a design that makes things simple. He speculated on a mid-range 110 S with the D240 engine to give it some punch, while Santorini's black color and glossy black wheels give it an impressive look on the road. Alternatives have been kept somewhat in check, but a few creature comforts, such as the cold climate package and climate control with three zones, have been added.
Jonathan Burns Defender
Base Price: £ 50,755
Alternative: £ 7,099
On the Road: £ 59,724
Retro on the outside and modern on the inside, that's what a modern interpretation of Defender should look like, surely? News editor Johnny Burn has gone for a Pangea Green finish, which is a nod to the iconic Series 1 Defender, known as Hue 166, while the white steel wheels and matching ceiling complement the retro touch. The D200 2.0-liter diesel engine will be more than adequate and will help keep the price at a relatively reasonable level.
Alex Ingrams Defender
Base Price: £ 46,425
Alternative: £ 17,058
On the Road: £ 65,353
Staff writer Alex Ingram prefers to be 90 over 110, but since it's not available to order yet, he asks you to imagine "his" defender, finished in Gondwana Stone and a black roof, looked like this, just more together. There is plenty of love for the Steelies among the Auto Express team, but Alex doesn't think the white surface is a match for his color scheme, so instead has plumped for 18-inch Style 5094 wheels.
Inside there is a Khaki interior, a Meridian Sound System (it is brilliant in other JLR cars, so it will be a valuable alternative) and the digital "clearsight" mirror. And while he doesn't own a dog, he has gone for the portable laundry system. Just in case.
Jake Weaver & # 39; s Defender
Base Price: £ 77,465
Alternative: £ 21,431
On the Road: £ 100,231
To be from Essex is often questioned by content editor Jake Weaver's taste in cars and his defender does nothing to get that trend. With over a fantastic £ 21,000 alternative, his Defender manages to break the £ 100,000 price tag, even if you wouldn't think about it when you look at it. Unlike many other defenders on this list, Jake has chosen 22-inch black alloy wheels rather than traditional & # 39; steelies & # 39; because he knows it is very unlikely that he will ever get a wheel off-road.
What would your perfect Land Rover Defender look like? Let us know your thoughts below …