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Land Rover Defender Model Improvements - 2002

The 2002 model Defenders are expected to see a whole host of improvements to the existing vehicles as well as added new features. The improvements include corrosion resistance, strengthened rear door, better heater and wiper performance and an improvement to brake pad wear on 110 and 130 models. The front suspension panhard rods will also be strengthened.

Corrosion resistance improvements are mainly to protect many of the smaller components and fittings that were showing early signs of corrosion.

The backdoor improvement is a major one and well overdue. The current Land Rover Defender door dates back to the around 1960 when the Series II was introduced. The door has remained practically unchanged since then. The new door is completely redesigned one piece with the skin and frame from pressed steel. The geometry remains the same and the hinging mechanism is also unchanged. The door is zinc plated for corrosion resistance and the glass will be fitted with a continuous rubber seal.

All of the new features are really cosmetic and comfort improvements and add nothing to the performance or ability of the vehicle. These new features include central locking, electric windows, new centre console which is needed for all the new switches.

A cold climate pack is also being added which includes a heated front window and heated seats.

 

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