Land Rover Defender Goes After Commercial Buyers With Hard Top Model
LAND ROVER DEFENDER MEANS BUSINESS LIKE A HARD NAME RETURN FOR A NEW BUSINESS MODEL
- The launch of the new, more robust commercial Defender 90 and 110 this year will restore the name of the Hard Top in the range
- Back to business: the practical commercial versions of the new Defender 90 and 110 will give the name of the Hard Top to the iconic 4×4 family
- Unstoppable capacity: new Defender Hard Top body designs will bring an unrivaled range of on-road and off-road capabilities to the utility vehicle industry
- Professional versatility: Land Rover’s most efficient and durable utility vehicle will offer a unique combination of cargo space, practicality and comfort
- Smart and connected: front row center seat option to provide space for three, while
- Software-Over-The-Air To Provide Updates Without Visiting A Retailer
- Traction power: the Hard Top model will combine a towing capacity of 3,500 kg with the optional Advanced Tow Assist technology to effortlessly tow and maneuver trailers
- Coming soon: Full details of the new Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top will be revealed later this year when they are available to order. Indicative price from £ 35,500 (plus VAT) in the UK
Whitley, UK, June 30, 2020 – Land Rover has confirmed that the new Defender 90 and 110 commercial models will return the name Hard Top to its family of rugged SUVs.
The versatile and durable Defender Hard Top will launch later this year, combining unstoppable off-road capability with 21st century connectivity to provide professionals with a unique combination of premium cargo space, convenience and comfort.
The name Hard Top dates back to 1950, when the introduction of the removable Hard Tops gave the first Land Rovers additional security and protection from the elements. The new Defender Hard Top pursues this philosophy by sharing its fixed metal roof and silhouette with the iconic original.
Land Rover has experienced unprecedented global demand for new Defender 90 and 110 since its successful world premiere last September and the new Hard Top models will be the next additions to the legendary lineage.
Defender’s aluminum-intensive D7x body architecture is three times more rigid than the best chassis body designs. Sharing its solid body structure and its new generation electric vehicle architecture (EVA 2.0) with passenger models, the Defender Hard Top is developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to offer unsurpassed durability, functionality and robustness.
Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said, “We will maximize the functionality and usability of New Defender’s cargo space, with durable materials and intelligent storage solutions to ensure that it exceeds the capacity of any previous Defender Hard Top. “
The 90 and 110 Hard Tops will both have independent coil spring suspension, with an advanced electronic air suspension also available on the 110. Both configurations will provide exceptional off-road geometry, with 291mm ground clearance, while the 110 Hard Top will have approach, crossing and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in height off road). All technical details will be confirmed later this year.
Nick Collins, Land Rover Line Manager, said, “The new Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top will be the most rugged, efficient and connected commercial SUVs we have ever produced. They have been designed to meet global security standards and offer impressive long-term comfort, giving businesses and professionals the best of all worlds. “
An impressive payload and towing capacity of up to 3,500 kg * will combine to make New Defender the ultimate commercial 4×4. The flexible cab does not have second or third row seats, but the optional first row booster seat means it can still accommodate up to three people. Land Rover’s intelligent ClearSight rearview mirror system maintains rearward visibility when the jump seat is occupied or when the cargo space is full. It uses a live video feed from a rear-facing camera to provide drivers with a clear view at all times.
The new Defender Hard Top will be a world-class tow vehicle, with a multitude of technologies to help hitch, drive and reverse safely while pulling a trailer. Land Rover’s advanced intelligent tow assist system takes the stress out of tough reverse maneuvers by letting drivers steer the trailers with their fingertips using a rotary controller on the center console.
The maximum wading depth of 900mm is also supported by a new Wade program in the Terrain Response 2 system, which ensures that drivers can cross deep waters with confidence – so important supplies always pass through.
Land Rover’s Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment will provide immediate and intuitive control of all major vehicle functions, including seamless smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Twin eSIM technology underpins Pivi Pro and supports 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 the time spent on the road as SOTA updates can be performed without the need to visit a Land Rover dealer.
In addition, the new Defender Hard Top models will feature a full suite of advanced driver assistance systems. Land Rover’s 3D surround camera system provides a full view of the vehicle on the central touch screen, helping drivers safely maneuver in tight spaces or position the vehicle near objects ready for loading.
Convenience will be improved with the remote smartphone app, which will allow businesses to remotely track the location, fuel level and trip history of their vehicle, for ultimate peace of mind and safety.
The first passenger models of the Defender 110 are now delivered to customers. For more information, visit: www.landrover.com/defender
* 3,500 kg for the United Kingdom, Europe and the right-of-way