The iconic Defender – a direct descendant of the original 1948 Land Rover – receives further enhancements for 2004.
A series of upgrades in recent years has seen the introduction of central locking, electric front windows, improvements to the heating and ventilation system and a revised fascia, making current Defenders more comfortable without losing any of the practicality the vehicle is famous for.
The range-topping XS is immediately recognisable by its 'Brunel' gunmetal-coloured radiator grille and headlamp surround. The XS also has clear front indicator lenses, side runners, leather-covered gear knob and steering wheel, heated seats with part leather upholstery and a heated windscreen.
For 2004, Defender entry and County specifications receive a new centre console tray between the front seats and all models now have black interior door trims. On all County and XS vehicles, wheelarches are now body coloured.
Defenders sold in Europe are equipped with the acclaimed 2.5-litre Td5 direct injection, five-cylinder diesel engine. This smooth and powerful engine produces 90 kW (122 bhp) and 300 Nm (221 lb ft) of torque giving Defender supreme performance, both on and off-road.
The Defender is often described as the 'hero' of the Land Rover range and there are many reasons for this. With its simple construction and robust chassis, the Defender can be converted or adapted to a variety of roles. Defenders can be produced as fire tenders, or with ambulance bodies, or be fitted with protective bodywork for peace-keeping duties around the world.
With a choice of three wheelbase lengths – 90, 110 and 130 – the Defender offers customers a host of body-styles and equipment options. The 90 and 110 are available as pick-up, hardtop and station wagon versions. The 110 is also available as a double cab, and the 130 as a crew cab.
The 130 version is also available with a range of factory produced conversions and specialist bodywork. Produced in-house by Land Rover's Special Vehicles division, the 130 can be fitted with a selection of bodywork such as a tipper, a crew cab with high-capacity pick-up body, drop-side body, or with a selection of box bodies.Published 30 May 2004