Land Rover Announce Luxury ‘Hard Top’ Commercial Defender

Tue 30th Jun 2020

Fans of Land Rover’s new-look Defender, which was launched this spring, can now enjoy the same luxury and rugged capabilities in the form of the Hard Top commercial vehicle.

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. New Defender Hard Top continues this ethos, sharing its fixed metal roof and silhouette with the iconic original.

Land Rover took the much criticised decision to redesign the iconic Defender model in 2013, when they announced that the historic vehicle would end 67 years of continuous production in January 2016. Over two million of the all-purpose vehicles were produced, before the Land Rover design team got to work on the new five door (110) and three door (90) variants.

The British company have promised that the Defender will be as versatile as its predecessor and just last week announced that the new kit will include an option to have a tent on the roof.

“New Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top will be the toughest, most capable and most connected commercial 4x4s we have ever produced,” said Land Rover’s Vehicle Line Director, Nick Collins. “They have been engineered to meet global safety standards and deliver impressive long-haul comfort, giving businesses and professionals the best of all worlds.”

The Defender Hard Top comes complete with all the standard luxury you would expect from Land Rover, but is practical for business use by removing the second or third row of seats, offering instead the option of a ‘jump seat, that allows three people to sit in the front row.

Land Rover’s Managing Director of Special Vehicle Operations, 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.”

The new commercial Defender is expected to be available later this year, with starting prices of £35,000.