Kahn Design thinks small with customized Land Rover Defender 90 Pick Up

Known around the world for its custom-built Land Rovers, Kahn Design is showcasing its first-ever modified Defender Pick Up.

Starting with a standard short-wheelbase 2011 Defender 90 Pick Up, Kahn has added a full body kit that includes a redesigned radiator grille with yellow and black inserts as well as fender flares on all four corners. Yellow 16-inch alloy wheels add a contrasting touch to the overall look, while a leather tonneau cover hides the content of the bed from prying eyes.

The interior has been upgraded with a pair of racing-inspired bucket seats upholstered with black quilted leather, a Kahn-specific instrument cluster with red gauges and a sprinkling of aluminum trim. Overall, Kahn’s Defender is a lot more posh than the utility vehicle it is based on.

The Defender’s upscale aspirations fade when the hood is opened. Kahn has not made any modifications in the engine bay, meaning the custom-built off-roader is powered by an older 2.4-liter diesel-burning four-cylinder mill that sends 122 horsepower to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The engine is borrowed from the Ford Transit van, a reminder of the days when Land Rover was bundled together with Jaguar, Volvo and Aston Martin under the Premier Automotive Group umbrella.

Kahn has not revealed how much its custom-built Defender Pick-Up retails for. If it’s any indication, the used model depicted in the promotional shots is currently on sale in the United Kingdom for £28,930, a sum that converts to over $43,000.