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June 30, 2020

These New Land Rover Defenders Can Deliver Your Cargo Anytime, Anywhere

If you want a different kind of commercial vehicle, there’s always the new Land Rover Defender Hard Top. The newest addition to the Defender 90 and 110 family, the Defender Hard Top combines unstoppable all-terrain capability with cargo space, practicality, and comfort.

The Hard Top name dates back to 1950, when the introduction of demountable Hard Tops gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements. New Defender Hard Top continues this thinking, sharing its fixed metal roof and silhouette with the iconic original.

Defender’s aluminum-intensive D7x body architecture is three times stiffer than the best body-on-frame designs. Sharing its strong body structure and next-generation Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) with passenger models, the Defender Hard Top is being developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

The 90 and 110 Hard Tops will both feature independent coil-sprung suspension, with advanced electronic air suspension also available on the 110. Both set-ups will provide outstanding off-road geometry, with ground clearance of 291 mm, while the 110 Hard Top will have approach, breakover and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in Off-Road height).

An impressive payload and towing capacity of up 3,500 kilograms will combine to make the new Defender the ultimate commercial 4x4. The cabin is stripped off its second and/or third-row seats, but the optional front-row jump seat means it will still accommodate up to three people. Land Rover’s clever ClearSight Rear View mirror system preserves rearward visibility when the jump seat is occupied, or when the load space is full. It uses a live video feed from a rear-facing camera to give drivers an unobstructed view at all times.

The maximum wading depth of 900 mm is also supported by a new Wade program in the Terrain Response 2 system, which ensures drivers can ford deep water with complete confidence – so important supplies will always get through.

Twin eSIM technology delivers Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) capability, allowing customers to download updates for a variety of vehicle systems. For professionals using the Defender Hard Top for business, this will minimize time spent off the road as SOTA updates can be completed without the need to visit a Land Rover dealership.

Convenience will be enhanced with the Remote smartphone app, which will allow businesses to keep track of the location, fuel level and journey history of their vehicle remotely.

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