Land Rover unveils Defender Hard Top

Land Rover Defender SUV 2020 - Topgear Magazine
Land Rover Defender Hard Top (Image: Land Rover)

Land Rover has revealed the new commercial Defender 90 and 110 models which will restore the Hard Top name to its rugged 4×4 family. The Hard Top name dates back to 1950 when the introduction of demountable Hard Tops gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements. The 2020 Defender Hard Top will be launched internationally, later in the year.

Land Rover tells us that they experienced an unprecedented global demand for 2020 Defender 90 and 110 since its successful world premiere last September and the new Hard Top models will be the next additions to the legendary bloodline. Land Rover claim’s that the Defender’s aluminium-intensive D7x body architecture is three times stiffer than the best body-on-frame designs.

Land Rover Defender SUV 2020 - Topgear Magazine
Land Rover Defender Hard Top (Image: Land Rover)

Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, 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.”

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 provide outstanding off-road geometry, with a ground clearance of 291mm, while the 110 Hard Top will have an approach, break-over and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in Off-Road height).

Land Rover’s clever 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. New Defender Hard Top will be a world-class tow vehicle, with a raft of technologies to help hitch, drive and reverse safely while pulling a trailer. Land Rover’s intelligent Advanced Tow Assist system takes the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres by letting drivers steer trailers with their fingertips using a rotary controller on the centre console.

Land Rover Defender SUV 2020 - Topgear Magazine
Land Rover Defender Hard Top (Image: Land Rover)

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.