Land Rover Defender Hard Top commercial model returns; two wheelbase versions, 3,500 kg tow rating

Land Rover has announced that the Hard Top name will bring the
return of commercial variants to the Defender range later this
year, in Defender 90 and Defender 110 guises. The latest-generation
Defender made its global
debut in Frankfurt last September
, and now employs aluminium
monocoque construction that, at 29,000 Nm per degree, is three
times stiffer than traditional body-on-frame setups, says Land

The Hard Top variants of the Defender seats just up to three
people with an optional jump seat in the front row, as the
commercial configuration means there are no second- or third-row
seats, instead utilising the space for cargo. The Defender Hard Top
boasts of 3,500 kg in towing capacity, augmented by the Advanced
Tow Assist system which enables easier trailer reversing manoeuvres
via a controller on the centre console.

Being a Land Rover, off-roading credentials remain intact in
this commercial guise, the 110 Hard Top version featuring approach,
breakover and departure angles of 38, 28 and 40 degrees
respectively, while wading depth is 900 mm – identical figures to
those of the passenger-carrying Defender 110. Independent coil
springs are standard for both the 90 and 110, while air suspension
is optional on the 110 Hard Top.

The commercial Hard Top version of the Defender similarly get
the Terrain Response 2 chassis control system, which in the
passenger versions six modes – Normal, Mud and Ruts,
Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand, Rock Crawl and Wade. This can be
customeised in the passenger versions with a choice of three
settings for throttle and gearbox response, steering and traction
control respectively, and allows up to four saved profiles.

Infotainment continues to be up to date in this utilitarian
form, where the Land Rover Pivi Pro touchscreen setup offers
control of all major vehicle functions as well as smartphone
integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As with the
passenger version, software-over-the-air (SOTA) capability is
supported here as well, enabling remote updating of systems, which
also means minimised downtime for business usage.

The Defender Hard Top will also gets the suite of advanced
driver assistance systems, where the 3D Surround Camera enables an
all-round view of the vehicle’s surroundings for safer
manoeuvring within tight spaces or, more likely in the case of the
commercial Hard Top, positioning the vehicle close to cargo for
loading. A smartphone app also allows the tracking of the
Defender’s location, fuel level and journey history.

Indicative prices for the Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top versions
start from GBP 35,500 (RM187,049) in the United Kingdom, says Land
Rover, adding that full details of the commercial version of the
monocoque off-roader will be revealed when it becomes available to

For reference, the passenger Defender gets diesels in 200PS/430
Nm and 240 PS/430Nm outputs, a 300 PS/400 Nm P300 four-cylinder
petrol and a 400 PS/550 Nm P400 mild-hybrid petrol straight-six.
All power units here are mated with an eight-speed automatic
gearbox with two-speed transfer case sending drive to all four
wheels, while locking centre and rear differentials are

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Land Rover Defender Hard Top commercial model returns; two
wheelbase versions, 3,500 kg tow rating