The Land Rover Defender 90 XS by the Chelsea Truck Company (owned by Kahn Design) is a nice titivation of Land Rover’s iconic off-roader.
Kahn Design turn their hand to modifying Land Rovers for the residents of Cheshire, Surrey and Essex – the most recent being the Evoque RS250 Vesuvius Copper – but, under the guise of off-shoot Chelsea Truck Company, Kahn has given the Land Rover defender a bit of a makeover too.
Under the bonnet is the familiar 2.2 litre diesel with its adequate 120bhp and 265lb/ft of torque that comes in completely bog-standard setup, but cosmetically Kahn has given the Defender 90 XS some of the frills the regular Defender is missing.
The bodeywork of the Chelse Truck Defender comes in a traditional Orkeney Grey with contrasting satin black for the front grill, side steps and mirrors, with a set of 18″ satin black alloys shod with BF Goodrich rubber to add a bit of street cred.
Inside is typically OTT with quilted red leather everywhere you look and sports seats front and back. Even the Kahn speedo and rev counter come in red and the steering wheel gets trimmed in Alcantara and leather.
But take away just a bit of the excessive quilting and you actually have a very appealing street Defender. It’s a sort of Land Rover Defender XTech with added kitsch.