Return of the Hard Top

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Commercial new Defender Commercial Defender 90 and 110 will restore the Hard Top name : credit: © JLR

Launch of new commercial Defender 90 and 110 will restore the Hard Top name to the line-up

Land Rover has confirmed the versatile and durable Defender Hard Top will be launched later this year, combining all-terrain capability and cargo space that owners of the previous generation 90 and 100 loved so much, but with 21st century connectivity and comfort.

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.

The Defender Hard Top is being developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, who promise ‘to maximise the functionality and usability of the new Defender’s cargo area, with tough materials and clever storage solutions to ensure it surpasses the capability of any previous Defender Hard Top’. Bold claims, indeed.

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 ground clearance of 291 mm, while the 110 Hard Top will have approach, breakover and departure angles of up to
38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in Off-Road height). 

Full technical details will be confirmed later this year when it will be available to order, but we do know that a central front-row jump seat will be an option to provide space for three, and Software-Over-The-Air will deliver updates without visiting a retailer. It will also combine 3500 kg towing capacity with optional Advanced Tow Assist technology for added practicality. 

Indicative price from £35,500 (plus VAT) in the UK. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares to the Grenadier equivalent.