The new Land Rover Defender Hard Top commercial 4×4 is finally available to order, in both short wheelbase 90 and long-wheelbase 110 configurations.
Reviving the Hard Top name that’s been associated with rugged practicality and go-anywhere carrying capacity since the first models were introduced 70 years ago, the new Defender brings the latest electronics and refinements to the mix to ensure it meets every modern demand.
The two-seat cabin can be extended with an optional third jump seat, while the load bay provides as much as 2,059 litres of loadspace. Practicality is enhanced with the use of a lockable underfloor storage solution and secure bulkhead partition, utilising the maximum available space.
Defender Hard Top: Engines and Drivetrain
Engines will come exclusively from Land Rover’s Ingenium range, which means D200, D250 and D300 in-line six-cylinder turbo-diesel units. Each is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a twin-speed transfer box.
The range starts with the Defender 90 D200, with 200hp and 500Nm of torque available. The longer 110 model is available with the D250 or D300 diesel engines, featuring mild-hybrid technology, delivering 249 or 300hp, and 570 or 650Nm of torque respectively.
The RDE2-certified and Euro 6d-Final compliant engines meet the latest stringent emissions standards and feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to enhance efficiency and responses. The 48-volt system harvests energy usually lost when slowing down and stores it in a battery under the rear floor of the vehicle. This energy is then redeployed to provide torque assistance during stop/start driving, providing smoother and more economical driving.
Defender Hard Top: Off-Road Ability
Both 90 and 100 Hard Top models are fitted with independent coil-sprung suspension, with electronic air suspension available as an option on the 110. Opting for the air suspension provides improved off-road geometry, with ground clearance of 291mm and approach, breakover and departure angles as the passenger models – up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively for the 110.
Land Rover’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system enables customers to go almost anywhere. The driveline system uses sensor data from driver inputs and vehicle surroundings to continually vary axle torque and deliver it to where it’s needed. This torque distribution arrangement optimises the vehicle for traction and on-road dynamics, but it also contributes to driveline efficiency with lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy.
A Wade programme in the Terrain Response 2 system ensures drivers can cross flooded roads or tracks, with an impressive wade depth of 900mm.
Defender Hard Top: Cargo Capacity and Towing
Every Defender Hard Top comes with a full-height partition to separate occupants from the commercial load area. Four hooks on the cargo side, and two stowage nets on the cabin side of 110 models, offer storage for small items.
The full-width load floor is completely flat, with up to six integrated lashing points, heavy-duty rubber mats and a set of lockable storage areas providing another 58 litres of underfloor storage at the rear of both the 90 and 110. An additional underfloor area is fitted to the 110 Hard Top, where the footwells of the Defender passenger model would normally be found, providing 155 litres of hidden stowage.
The whole load area is illuminated by enhanced interior lighting five times brighter than the standard passenger Defender.
The Hard Top’s load area is accessed via the side-hinged rear tailgate, while the rear side doors on 110 variants boost practicality and give customers the flexibility to access smaller items located towards the front without the need to move bulky objects out of the way. The interior rear door panels also feature a unique slimline profile to maximise loadspace inside.
The 110 Hard Top can accommodate a standard Euro Pallet, while the maximum load length measures up to 1,472mm in the 110. The 110 Hard Top can carry a payload of as much as 800kg, and the 90 can manage 670kg, both models will happily tow up to 3,500kg.
|Cargo Bay Dimensions||90||110|
|Max load floor length (mm)||1,030||1,472|
|Max floor load width (mm)||1,326||1,423|
|Max load height (mm)||947||937|
|Load space capacity (inc underfloor) (l)||1,355||2,059|
|Max payload (kg)||670||800|
Defender Hard Top: Cabin Specification
The entry-level 90 Hard Top is only available in Defender specification, which means fabric seats and rubber flooring. Commercial users choosing the 110 Hard Top can choose between four trim levels, from Defender, though S and SE, to the top-of-the-range HSE, the latter fitted with Windsor leather seating.
Every model comes with Land Rover’s Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system, which is one of the better systems on the market. Importantly, it includes seamless smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Over the Air updates, much like your smartphone receives, will allow various vehicle systems to be kept up to date, and keep the Hard Top out of the garage as there’ll be no need to visit a Land Rover dealer.
Safety kit is present, as you would expect, with a 3D surround camera system providing all-round visualisation of the vehicle on the central touchscreen. When manoeuvring through tight gaps, it’s invaluable.
For an uncompromised view out of the rear of the vehicle – regardless of whether the load space is full or if there’s a passenger in the optional Jump Seat – the rearview mirror can be flipped to show the view from a rear-mounted camera on a hidden digital screen.
Defender Hard Top: Pricing and Availability
The Defender 90 Hard Top commercial 4×4 is available from Land Rover dealers at £35,820 OTR (exc. VAT) and the Defender 110 Hard Top from £43,012 OTR (exc. VAT) in the UK.