Land Rover will revive the Hard Top name for the next commercial version of the new Defender, with the company’s promise that the new machine will offer “a unique combination of cargo space, practicality and comfort”.
The Hard Top moniker was first used by the British brand in 1950, when a removable roof was introduced for the Land Rover Series 1.
The new commercial Defender will be launched later this year in three three-door 90 models and five-door long wheelbase 110, with prices starting at £ 35,000 plus VAT.
The Defender Hard Top was developed by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. While the fim has yet to reveal all the technical information, it says the car is designed to offer maximum load space while maintaining the premium features of the passenger versions of the new Defender.
Both Hard Top 90 and 110 models use independent spring suspension, with optional electronic air suspension on the larger model.
Both have a ground clearance of 291 mm, while the 110 offers maximum approach, break and departure angles of 38 °, 28 ° and 40 ° respectively, as well as a gain depth of 900 mm. The ability to wade deep water is further aided by a special Wade mode as part of the Terrain Response 2 system.
Hard Tops also have a towing capacity of 3500 kg and will be equipped with a range of systems to facilitate towing. This included Advanced Tow Assist, which allows drivers to drive trailers using the rotary dial on the central control.
Land Rover Special Operations Chief Michael van der Sande said that the interior of the Hard Top was designed to “maximize functionality and usability” of the cargo area, using “durable materials and storage solutions intelligent to ensure that it exceeds the capabilities of any previous Defender Hard Top. ”
To maximize loading space, the cabin does not maintain the second or third row of seats, but will offer the option of a “jump seat” which allows three people to sit in the front row. Land Rover’s ClearSight rearview mirror, which can display images from an HD rear view camera on the rearview mirror, will be available to facilitate reversing if a full load in the load compartment limits visibility.