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 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.