Defender - Land Rover At The British International Motor Show

The Defender is the icon of the Land Rover brand – its familiar shape harking back to the first Land Rover launched in 1948. New features for 2003 are showcased at the Birmingham International Motor Show - these include upgraded in-car entertainment systems, new interior treatment and exterior updates give Defender contemporary relevance. The Defender range now has a new model line-up comprising of the Defender, the Defender County and a new premium version – the Defender XS.

Improved Specification for 2003

The new in-car entertainment systems feature the option of a head unit with a single slot CD player. This is available with four speakers on station wagons and hard tops. While utility models are fitted with a functional rubber mat, black carpet is now specified for certain derivatives to enhance its contemporary appeal. Vehicles fitted with a cubby box now feature twin integrated cup holders. With practicality in mind, load retention rings are fitted in the cargo compartments of all Defender 03 model year hard top and station wagon vehicles.

New Flagship Model

The new Defender model range consists of the Defender, County and XS. The Defender base model embodies all the robust features associated with Defender while the Defender County includes body coloured roof and wheelarch eyebrows, tinted glass and front mudflaps. The interior is equipped with cloth seats, radio cassette player and, on 90 County Station Wagon models, the bulkhead is deleted to provide more space. Convenience features include electric front windows, central door locking with remote control and an alarm/immobiliser.

Adding to this impressive list, the specification of the new top-of-the-range Defender XS has a number of unique, premium features including a ‘Brunel’ silver finish on the grille, headlamp surround and interior switch panel, black leather covered control knobs and steering wheel and seats in black leather and ripstop trim. A mesh storage pocket is fitted to the rear end door while the cold climate pack, consisting of heated windscreen and heated front seats is fitted as standard. Side runners and smoked side and front indicator lenses provide further external differentiation. The Defender XS is fitted with ABS with Electronic Traction Control (ETC), alloy wheels and air conditioning as standard. The SE derivative is available in Defender 90 Hard Top and Station Wagon and Defender 110 Hard Top, Station Wagon and Double Cab styles.

Option Availability

A wide range of options and accessories are available to enhance the appearance and functionality of the Defender. The performance and handling of the Defender is improved in both on- and off-road environments with the option of the ABS braking system combined with 4-wheel Electronic Traction Control. Other options include metallic paint, towing equipment, air conditioning and a centre seat on certain models. Accessories include winches, lamp guards, roof racks and aluminium appliqué panels. A choice of wheels and tyres is available including ‘Freestyle Choice’ alloy wheels with 235/85 tyres, heavy duty wheels for 110 and 130 models and a range of specialist off-road tyres.

Land Rover Special Vehicles

For the ultimate in practicality, Land Rover Special Vehicles provides an in-house conversion service and offers a bespoke service to customers world-wide as well as a range of specialist vehicles such as mobile workshops, high-lift platforms, dropsides and tippers. A full range of specialist options is also available such as winches, light bars, sirens, roof racks and generators.

Published 22 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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