The Land Rover Defender Commercial is due to be launched in 2020, four years after the demise of the previous generation. Offering customers a 3.5t towing capacity, permanent all-wheel drive and a range of powerplant options, the Defender Commercial is set to be a big hit with the agricultural and utility sectors – if they can get the price right.
For many, JLR’s announcement of the all-new Defender in September was a long time coming. The Defender had built up a loyal fan base over in 68-year lifespan, with a huge proportion of them using it for work.
However, there are a number of key differences between this all-new model and the iconic workhorse.
Firstly, it won’t be hand built; it will be built on a production line like the rest of its JLR siblings. And the location may come as more of a surprise, it will be built at Land Rover’s all-new Nitra factory in Slovakia alongside the Land Rover Discovery. There will also be the option of a bench seat in the front, accommodating up to three people including the driver.
Loading and towing
As with the previous generation, there will be two wheelbases offered on the new Land Rover Defender Commercial; the 90 and 110. The 90 has a load volume of around 1.5 cubic metres (around 1,400mm load length), and the long (around 2,000mm load length) around 2.4 cubic metres. There will be a respectable payload of in excess of one tonne and a standard 3.5t towing capacity.
Engine and driveline
While we know passenger versions of the Defender will be available with either a 2.0-litre diesel or a 2.0-litre or 3.0-litre petrol, we imagine only the 2.0-litre diesel will be available on the commercial version. There are two power ratings; 200hp and 240hp, both of which provide 430Nm of torque and are hooked to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, featuring a permanent all-wheel drive system.
Land Rover Defender Commercial price and availability
The Defender Commercial will be priced from around £38,500 for the 90 and £40,500 for the 110 and this includes the 3-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Commercial versions are expected to make their debut in around September 2020.