LAND ROVER DEFENDER HARDTOPS

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Land Rover has confirmed the new commercial Defender 90 and 110 models will restore the Hard Top. That name dates back to 1950, when the introduction of demountable Hard Tops gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements.

Sharing its strong body structure and next-generation Electrical Vehicle Architecture with the Land Rover passenger models, the Defender Hard Top is being developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.

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 have exceptional off-road geometry – with ground clearance of 291mm. The 110 Hard Top will have approach, breakover and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in Off-Road height). Full technical details will be confirmed later this year.

The cabin has no second or third-row seats, but the optional front-row jump seat means it will still accommodate up to three people.

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Land Rover’s 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 900mm is also supported by a new Wade program in the Terrain Response 2 system.

Land Rover’s Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment will provide control of all the 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 owners to download updates for a variety of vehicle systems.

In addition, the New Defender Hard Top models will feature a comprehensive suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Land Rover’s 3D Surround Camera system provides an all-round visualisation of the vehicle on the central touchscreen, helping drivers manoeuvre safely in tight spaces or position the vehicle close to items ready for loading.

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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.”

The new commercial Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top are being evaluated for sale in Australia. Land Rover says, “timing and availability will be advised in a further communication.”

We will bring these details to you as soon as we receive them.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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