Following the successful reception of the all-new Land Rover Discovery model in 1989, it was decided to give the traditional Land Rover its own name: Defender. Making this more than merely a re-branding exercise was the introduction on the Defender of the 200Tdi turbo diesel engine that had debuted in the Discovery. This extensively revised power unit brought with it useful increases in maximum output (107bhp), torque (195lb/ft) and fuel economy (25%) when compared with the old normally aspirated diesel it was based on. Now boasting bold 'Defender' logos, the Land Rover continued its seemingly inexorable process of development, gaining disc brakes and power assisted steering as standard during the 1990s together with a host of other improvements, not the least of which was a new 300Tdi turbo diesel engine.
It was inevitable that advances in electronics pioneered in mainstream passenger cars would eventually trickle down to the utilitarian Land Rover, which by the new millennium had gained anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Traction Control (ETC), all of which were aimed at improving traction to keep in front of its increasingly capable rivals. There was also a new Td5 five-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Steel doors, enabling the use of electric window lifts and central locking for the first time, were new for the 2002 model year, as were heated seats and a new model: the 110 Double Cab.
With increasingly stringent emissions control regulations just over the horizon, it was decided to downsize the four-cylinder turbo diesel from 2.4 to 2.2 litres. This new power unit made its appearance for the 2012 model year, and contrived to be just as powerful as its predecessor and delivering lower noise levels as a bonus.
Despite, or perhaps because of, being recognisably related to the very first Land Rover of 1948, the Defender has retained a steadfastly loyal customer base; indeed, in the UK in 2013 it even managed to out-sell the Range Rover. The kinds of incremental improvements mentioned above would continue to be made regularly until production of the traditional Land Rover Defender ceased and ended an era in January 2016.
Acquired new in June 2015 by the late Paul Jennings, this Defender Double Cab has covered circa 6,000 miles from new and is presented in commensurately good condition. Offered with a V5C Registration Certificate and two sets of spare wheels and tyres.