The long awaited commercial variant of the new Land Rover Defender has just been revealed and is nicknamed “Hard Top”.
The development of the commercial Land Rover Defender is managed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. The vehicle maintains the same premium features as the consumer-oriented versions of the Defender but maximizes load space. It will be sold in three forms 90 and five doors 110.
All available Defender Hard Top models will use independent spring suspension, with the 110 variant offered with electronic air suspension. The duo both have a towing capacity of 3,500 kg (7,716 pounds) of trailers and will include the manufacturer’s Advanced Tow Assist feature which allows drivers to drive trailers with a rotating dial on the center console.
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In addition, both 90 and 110 models offer 291 mm (11.5 inches) of ground clearance while 110 Hard Top has approach, break and start angles of 38 degrees, 28 degrees and 40 degrees respectively.
The most obvious difference between the commercial model and the normal Land Rover Defenders will be the lack of a second and third row of seats. However, buyers will have the option of a small central front row seat to provide seating for three. The use of the company’s ClearSight rear view mirror will ensure that drivers can maintain their view from the rear of the vehicle even when it is loaded with goods.
“The new Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top models will be the toughest, most capable and most connected commercial 4x4s we’ve ever produced,” said Nick Collins, director of the Land Rover Vehicle Line. “They were designed to meet global safety standards and offer exceptional long-range comfort, offering companies and professionals the best of all worlds.”
The name Hard Top dates back to 1950 when Land Rover introduced the removable Hard Tops of the first models. Further details on the new Defender Hard Top models will be announced later this year. Prices will start at £ 35,500 ($ 43,700).