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2013-06-27 10:20

ULTIMATE LUXURY SUV: Carisma Auto Design has given the Land Rover Defender the definitive luxury upgrade to go off-roading in sheer comfort. Image: Newspress

Earlier in 2013, Wheels24 reported on tuning specialists Carisma Auto Design who created bespoke Mercedes-Benz Vianos. Now the company has turned its attention to an iconic 4x4 - Land Rover's Defender.

The Defender is a legend of the British automotive industry with world-famous off-road capability... but a super-luxury version?

Carisma Auto Design, which claims to be one of the world's leading conversions experts, has added "unrivalled luxury" to its list of achievements incorporating leather and materials installed by English craftspeople.


The conversion of the Land Rover Defender was originally created to be the ultimate luxury vehicle with off-road ability but it can also be adapted to create a luxury armoured vehicle that is completely discreet to protect the identity of the occupants.

Carisma says it greatly respects Land Rover’s design pedigree, which is why it has modified the cabin but not the exterior, allowing clients to engage in outdoor activities in total comfort.

With a range of leather, carpet and wood available in any combination, no two Defenders from Carisma Auto Design will ever be the same. The specification and design of each is unique to the client and only limited by their imagination.

The leather used by Carisma is carefully sourced from barbed-wire free environments (such as South Africa) to ensure pristine hide and is complemented by a choice of wood veneer, hand-made and fitted to the vehicle by a team of some of the best English craftspeople.

"To complete the ultimate luxury vehicle for outdoor sporting pursuits," Carisma says, "we can hand-craft a bespoke gun cabinet from the finest wood, featuring magnificent cut-glass crystal Champagne flutes and tumblers complete with separate refrigeration facilities."


No matter to what use you intend to use your Carisma Defender, the company says, there's a choice from a range of multimedia options for Windows or Apple operating systems, wi-fii and Bluetooth to ensure you are always connected when on the move, with audio equipment from Bang & Olufsen.

Sales and marketing director Clive Drake said: "The Land Rover Defender is an iconic British vehicle with legendary off-road capability. One day a client came to me wanting a vehicle that had all of the capabilities of the Defender but with an interior ambience of a Range Rover with the feeling of pure exclusivity of a Rolls-Royce - the Carisma Auto Design Defender conversion was born.

“Clients come to us because they know we can achieve the impossible and deliver a vehicle that exceeds their expectations. We’ve been asked to incorporate some truly outlandish features but we still manage to integrate them seamlessly into the vehicle."

Amongst some of the recent requests have been solid crystal ash trays and Champagne flutes, premium pen sets with tailored stands, customised seat embroidery, 106cm TV's and fridges. All these and much more have all been tastefully hand crafted into vehicles over Carisma Auto Design’s 14-year history.
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