The 1970s Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is a vehicle that has defined off-road freedom and independence for decades. Its boxy, rugged appearance has been a staple of the SUV genre for more than three decades, and a number of off-road enthusiasts have a special place in their hearts for this iconic model.
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The 1970s land rover defender was a time of change for the brand. Although it remained in production in much the same way as all the other series Land Rovers, it did make some significant changes to meet emissions and safety legislation, and also to improve its on-road performance.
First, the engine was changed: replacing the failed Diesel Turbo with a Ford 2.2 litre in-line four-cylinder unit from the Duratorq line. This engine also powered the Ford Transit van, which was known for its durability and was considered a perfect fit for the Defender’s needs.
Second, the Defender’s body shell was updated to include coil springs front and rear, a move that gave it better ride quality and axle articulation than previous models. In addition, the transfer case was changed to a lockable centre differential that offered permanent (on-road) four-wheel-drive capability.
Third, the Defender’s cabin was refreshed to be more modern. The grille and headlights were replaced with flush-fitting ones, and the interior was upgraded to have a more premium feel.
Fourth, the Defender’s tailgate was lowered, making loading in and out easier for passengers in the second and third rows.