You Can Now Drive a Defender at U.S. Land Rover Experience Centers

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Instructors will teach you how to drive the Defender at the three Land Rover Experience Centers across the country.

If you plan on going to a Land Rover Experience Center in the U.S. any time soon, we have good news for you. Starting in September, Land Rover will start offering the legendary Defender as an instructional vehicle at its three facilities: Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont, and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Land Rover made the Defender in a variety of forms and names for decades. It finally stopped producing the boxy brute in 2016. There are plenty of them out there. The catch is that it only sold the Defender in the U.S. and Canada [aka the North American Specification (NAS) model] from 1993 until 1997. So, if you’re an American or Canadian who missed the chance to buy one and you haven’t been outside of North America, you’ve probably never gone off-road in a Defender. You can always import one from the UK that’s at least 25 years old, but that takes time, research, and money – especially given how popular Defenders are these days.

The Defender will be available to learn in alongside the Discovery and Range Rover lines of vehicles. Experience participants will be able to take the Defender across grass, mud, ruts, water, and other surfaces while being coached by expert instructors.

Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover North America, said, “Recognized as one of our most iconic vehicles, the Defender has conquered some of the world’s most demanding terrain and we are thrilled to be bringing that experience to consumers through the Land Rover Experience Center Heritage Program. Brand loyalists and new fans alike now have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a piece of history and continue to celebrate this historic Land Rover icon.”

Half- and full-day programs are available at all three U.S. Land Rover Experience Centers for $1,200 and $1,500, respectively.

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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