July 25, 2024
SUVs & Crossovers

Dutch coachbuilder transforms Land Rover Defender into a pickup truck

Land Rover provides three variations of the latest Defender known as 90, 110, and 130, respectively. However, the lineup does not include a pickup truck model at this time. To bridge this gap, Dutch coachbuilder Heritage Customs has taken the initiative to create a pickup version of the longest modern Defender.

Converting a vehicle into a pickup truck is a complex process, but Heritage Customs has prior experience in making substantial modifications to the current-generation Defender. The coachbuilder is also known for producing a convertible version of the Defender 90 with a power-folding soft top. The pickup variant, based on the Defender 130, features a functional cargo bed, a sports bar, and a side-hinged tailgate with prominent “HERITAGE” branding.

Customers have the opportunity to personalize various aspects of their pickup truck such as the paint color, upholstery, and interior trim. Additionally, there are several exterior decal packs to choose from, along with a selection of new wheel designs ranging from 20 to 22 inches. For those looking to further customize their vehicle, Heritage Customs offers a wide range of off-road accessories including LED light bars, roof racks, and side steps.

Heritage Customs typically does not make mechanical changes during the conversion process. Each build is based on the X Dynamic SE trim level, which is offered with two engine options in Europe. The standard engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel inline-six producing 350 horsepower, while an optional 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine delivering 425 horsepower is available at an additional cost. All models come equipped with standard all-wheel drive.

Starting at €155,000 before tax (approximately $166,000), potential buyers should consider the pricing before loading up the pickup truck for heavy-duty tasks. To secure a build slot, customers are required to submit a €15,000 deposit (about $16,000). Production time is estimated at around three months due to the meticulous handmade process employed by Heritage Customs.

While the concept of a Defender pickup is not new, as the original Defender was offered in a truck configuration for many years, there have been no recent indications of a factory-built pickup in the new Defender lineup.


Q: Can customers choose their preferred engine option for the Heritage Customs pickup?

A: Yes, customers can opt for either the standard 3.0-liter diesel engine or upgrade to the 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine.

Q: What is the production time for a Heritage Customs pickup?

A: Production typically takes approximately three months as each vehicle is handcrafted with attention to detail.


Heritage Customs offers a unique solution for those seeking a Defender pickup truck, filling a void in the market left by the absence of an official pickup model from Land Rover. With the ability to customize various aspects of the vehicle and access a range of off-road accessories, customers can create a personalized and capable pickup truck that pays homage to the heritage of the Defender lineup.

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