Accuride integrated its sliding technology into the first height-adjustable armrest now successfully implemented. The armrest, sited between the two second-row seats, provides an ergonomic sitting position.
Due to the increased influence of styling and marketing in the end product, the vertical package of armrests was gradually reduced to such an extent that the slide angle was virtually flat (approx 10 degrees).
For this project Accuride developed a slim-line (just 19mm), 100mm long telescopic slide that extended more than its actual length.
With a load rating of 80kg/pair and 60mm of travel, the slides help to make the seats more comfortable by producing better support of the upper-leg, thus promoting a healthier sitting position and, as a result, reducing fatigue on longer journeys.
The slide mechanism locks into place at multiple height locations, allowing cargo to be stowed on or beneath the platform. Height adjustment is activated with minimal effort through a simple pivot action making the cargo area more versatile.
This also included space for a locking system and an electrical harness.
Look at most cars and the glove compartment is a drop down door which opens onto a gloomy and deep space. How many of us have spent time struggling against the restraint of the seat belt while trying to reach a lost pen at the back?
The Land Rover Defender has become a British classic in terms of off-road driving. First sold as the Land Rover 110 and 90 models (on account of the length of their wheelbases in inches) in 1983 & 1984 respectively, the Defender moniker was adopted in 1990 and has lasted ever since, with the name still often making Top Off-Road Vehicle lists today. A new model of the Defender is launching in 2020, which Jaguar Land Rover has described as an ‘evolved’ vehicle that ‘is tough, that is capable, and that is unstoppable’.