The last of Jaguar Land Rover’s classic Defenders will roll off the production line this week, ending 68 years of production – does this mean the carmaker’s best off-road days are behind it?

Picture a Land Rover and you might imagine a box-shaped green vehicle etching desert sand or surging through floodwater.

It’s a nostalgic vision of a car whose practicality is legendary – and according to motoring journalist Quentin Willson one that is redolent of a bygone era.

“The world has changed. We don’t have the same needs as in the post-war era when it was developed,” he said.

The classic Land Rover model, today called Defender, has evolved but JLR said it had essentially “changed very little during its lifetime”, while vehicle standards had “changed dramatically”.

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