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Land Rover Defender Hard Top van version revealed

Motoring Research logo Motoring Research 4 days ago Richard Aucock
a car parked in front of a truck: Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top © Provided by Motoring Research Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top

Land Rover has revived a name from the past for the commercial vehicle version of the new Defender: Hard Top.

Offered in both 90 and 110 guise, the new Defender Hard Top will go on sale later in 2020.

Land Rover suggests prices will begin from £35,500 + VAT.

a truck is parked in front of a blue car: Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top © Provided by Motoring Research Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top

The Hard Top name was first used in 1950 when Series Land Rovers gained a removable hard top. The new version, adds the firm, is a fixed metal roof.

It is being developed by the firm’s Special Vehicle Operations division to deliver “unrivalled durability, practicality and toughness”.

a truck is parked in front of a car: Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top © Provided by Motoring Research Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top

MD Michael van der Sande 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.”

A payload of up to 3,500kg will be available, with coil spring suspension as standard. Defender Hard Top 110s will offer optional air suspension.

a truck is parked in front of a car: Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top © Provided by Motoring Research Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top

Inside, there are no second or third row seats but the Defender’s clever optional front-row ‘jump seat’ in the middle means it can seat up to three – just like a real van.

Unlike a back-to-basics van, Land Rover Pivi Pro infotainment will be available, complete with software-over-the-air updates. Good news for businesses, says Land Rover, as it will minimise downtime.

Full details of the new Defender Hard Top will follow later this year, adds the firm: ordering will open before 2020 is out.

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