News : Land Rover Defender Hard Top breaks cover

Land Rover Defender Hard Top 110

The van version of the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 will be officially called the Land Rover Defender Hard Top when it goes on sale later in 2020. Described as ‘Land Rover’s most capable and durable commercial vehicle ever,’ the new Defender Hard Top is expected to sell for an indicated £35,000.

Both versions are being engineered by Land Rover’s Coventry-based Special Vehicle Operations division, which is also responsible for creating the current Land Rover Discovery Commercial 4×4. This will continue alongside the Defender Hard Top. In case you’re wondering what Six Six Three means on the side of the van – it’s a reference to the car’s development code of L663.

While the Hard Top name was originally used on series Land Rovers in the 1950s with a ‘demountable’ hard top roof, the new van has a fixed metal roof, and is painted to follow the lines of the original. The Land Rover Hard Top will have a towing capacity of up to 3500kg, be able to carrying up to 300kg on the roof and share the 900mm wading depth of its passenger vehicle cousin.

Land Rover Defender Hard Top 110

Land Rover hasn’t shared technical details yet, but expect it to be powered by a pair of 2.0-litre Ingenium turbodiesels – the D200 and D240 – while the P200 petrol may be offered in some markets, too. An eight-speed automatic gearbox with low-range setting and four-wheel drive will be standard fit.

Prices for the Defender Hard Top are expected to start at £35,500 plus VAT. For that you’ll get a base-spec D200 on steel wheels and with basic trim – although that’s a huge step over the over original version. Like the passenger version, it’s fully customisable, and we expect many will be seen sporting more extreme-looking body options.

Land Rover Defender Hard Top 110

Keith Adams


  1. A very expensive small van. You’d really have to need the off road ability to be able to justify that price over a short wheelbase Transit or some of the Japanese pickups with a hard top..

    • Yes it’s a niche product (like the various Discovery vans) rather than a Hilux etc competitor.

  2. So no LWB 3 door version then? Surprised this is an SVO option rather than a mainstream project.

    FWIW, the film “Ice Cold in Alex” set in North Africa in WW2 had a similar problem – the closing scenes showed Series 1 Land Rovers.

    Another piece of trivia – the Ineos Grenadier was originated/named after a pub in London called The Grenadier. Coincidentally the pub was a starting point for a pioneering major expedition by a group of Oxbridge students who took 2 Land Rovers overland to the Far East and back in the 1950’s.

  3. If that is a van, I’m a banana. Why buy this piece of trendy posing metalwork when there is a real WUV – WORK Utility Vehicle – at a fraction of the price? The Toyota Land Cruiser. Because it is just that: all “look at me”.

    • Because as Land Rover well know the world is full of trendy posing people wanting metal work like this – a far more lucrative and sustainable business than to go after slim pickings in the “WUV” class were they would be competing with second hand Transits with yesterday’s SUN rolled up on the dashboard.

  4. So we’re taking about £42k on the road for starters, it’s not really a serious commercial vehicle is it? rather reminds me of the van version of the new Mini that was on sale a few years ago.

    • Have you ever priced a Mercedes Navara? North of 70K for a pickup (if you want all the bells and whistles) !! The top end Nissan version with all the options is about £30K. Despite what it says on the tin, this is not a direct replacement for the old Defender but look how well the luxury versions of that sold!

  5. Whinge, whinge, whinge…You lot are never happy are you? Some people DO need small vans with proper off road capabilities.

    Just because YOU can’t afford it or don’t see a use for it doesn’t make it superfluous.

    • True, we Brits love to find fault. Spec an equivalent Land Cruiser and it’s not far off the same price!
      If it it doesn’t sell then it will quietly disappear off the price lists like the BMW minivan and the Mercedes Navara thingy did

      • I can’t see it selling in massive numbers. I assume JLR are hoping fleets will be putting in orders. Power distributors loved the Defender vans, and from what I’ve been hearing they’re struggling to find a decent replacement for when the old Defenders wear out.

  6. The vehicle is being launched at a difficult period for the industry, Ford have announced 50% dealer outlets to lose franchise, Honda similarly 40% of outlets to be lost, Vauxhall commenced their dealer cull in 2018

  7. The most basic two door Landcruiser starts at 35k in the UK, I’m not really sure what the issue is.

    The Hilux brigade are a completely different class, crude engineering body on frame, cart springs. But even then the L200 starts at 22k.

    I can see a market

  8. It will be also interesting to see how it performs in terms of reliability. Land Rover products always seem to be near the bottom of reliability surveys. The phrase ‘off-road’ could be used to describe the amount of time they spend back at the dealers rather than their ability to travel over difficult terrain.

  9. So they’ve spent millions developing a van version … by taking the seats out ? 😀

    • Where does it say they have spent millions? This will have been an integral part of Defender development from the start. They are staggering launch of variants as production gets up to speed and to maintain market interest.

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