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2020 Land Rover Defender Hard Top commercial model arrives

The new Land Rover Defender Hard Top commercial vehicle has been revealed. It’s based on the standard Defender model and promises to maximise cargo space while offering all of the on and off-road ability of the standard car.

The new models will go on sale later this year, with indicative pricing for the three-door 90 model starting at £35,500 plus VAT. The larger five-door 110 model is expected to cost just over £40,000 plus VAT.

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The Defender Hard Top takes its name from the early Land Rover Series models, and maximises rear storage space. Buyers can spec the optional front jump seat to make it a three-seater. Land Rover has said that buyers will be able to personalise the cargo area of their Hard Tops with toughened materials and clever storage solutions.

Full technical details have yet to be revealed, but both the 90 and 110 models will use independent coil-sprung suspension, with adjustable air suspension an option on the larger model.

Both versions boast ground clearance of 291mm, along with a wading depth of 900mm. The 110 model will offer maximum approach, breakover and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively when the off-road model is selected. Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system incorporates a new Wade mode, which helps drivers to traverse deep water safely.

The Hard Top models will be capable tow vehicles as well, with a towing capacity of up to 3,500kg. Every model is equipped with Advanced Tow Assist, allowing the driver to steer a trailer using the rotary controller in the centre console. A 3D surround camera is also fitted, projecting a 360 degree view of the car to the infotainment screen, helping to make maneuvering easier.

The new model’s interior technology is shared with the standard Defender, with JLR’s latest 10-inch Pivi Pro infotainment touchscreen fitted as standard. This includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and the ability to receive over-the-air software updates.

Land Rover’s ClearSight rear-view mirror technology also features. It’s capable of displaying the view from the rear of the car via a HD camera even when the rear load space is full.

To read more about the Land Rover Defender line-up, why not read our review of the Defender 110.