Four years after the demise of the Land Rover Defender, the hotly anticipated new Defender Commercial will arrive in the UK in 2020.
Offering customers a 3.5-tonne 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 Land Rover can get the price right.
For many, Land Rover’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 Jaguar Land Rover siblings. And the location of the factory may come as more of a surprise; the new Defender will be built at Land Rover’s all-new factory in Nitra, Slovakia, alongside the Discovery.
Defender Commercial: 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, with around 1,400mm load length, while the longer 110 increases that to 2.4 cubic metres capacity and 2,000mm load length. There will be a respectable payload in excess of one tonne, and a standard 3.5t towing capacity.
There will also be the option of a bench seat in the front, accommodating up to three people including the driver.
Defender Commercial: 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, but we imagine only the diesel unit will be available in 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.
Defender Commercial: Price and Availability
The Land Rover Defender Commercial will be priced from around £38,500 for the 90, rising to £40,500 for the 110, including a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Commercial versions are expected to make their debut around September 2020.