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