Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it will launch commercial versions of the new Defender 90 and 100 and restore the Hard Top name to rugged 4x4’s range offering.
Claiming to be Land Rover’s most capable and durable commercial vehicle ever, Hard Top versions of the Defender will feature a central front-row jump seat option to provide space for three, while Software-Over-The-Air will deliver updates without visiting a franchised car retailer.
Hard Top models will also offer a 3,500kg towing capacity with optional Advanced Tow Assist technology to effortlessly pull and manoeuvre trailers.
JLR has yet to release detailed pricing for the models, which are set to reach showrooms later this year, but indicated that prices would start from £35,500 (plus VAT) in the UK.
Michael van der Sande, the managing director of Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “We will maximise the functionality and usability of New Defender’s cargo area, with tough materials and clever storage solutions to ensure it surpasses the capability of any previous Defender Hard Top.”
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 features a fixed metal roof.
The new Defender 90 and 110 Hard Tops will both feature independent coil-sprung suspension, with advanced electronic air suspension also available on the 110.
Ground clearance of 291mm promises to deliver on the promise of class-leading of road capability, alongside approach, breakover and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees.
A maximum wading depth of 900mm is also possible, according to JLR.
Nick Collins, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director, said: “New Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top will be the toughest, most capable and most connected commercial 4x4s we have ever produced.
“They have been engineered to meet global safety standards and deliver impressive long-haul comfort, giving businesses and professionals the best of all worlds.”