De­fender returns Hard Top vari­ant

Albany Extra - - MOTORING - EWAN KENNEDY

Land Rover has con­firmed the new com­mer­cial De­fender 90 and 110 mod­els will re­store the Hard Top. That name dates back to 1950, when the in­tro­duc­tion of de­mount­able Hard Tops gave early Se­ries Land Rovers added se­cu­rity and pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments.

Shar­ing its strong body struc­ture and next-gen­er­a­tion Elec­tri­cal Ve­hi­cle Ar­chi­tec­ture with the Land Rover pas­sen­ger mod­els, the De­fender Hard Top is be­ing de­vel­oped by Land Rover Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions.

The 90 and 110 Hard Tops will both fea­ture in­de­pen­dent coil­sprung sus­pen­sion, with ad­vanced elec­tronic air sus­pen­sion also avail­able on the 110. Both set-ups will have ex­cep­tional off-road ge­om­e­try — with ground clear­ance of 291mm.

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.

The cabin has no sec­ond or thirdrow seats, but the op­tional fron­trow jump seat means it will still ac­com­mo­date up to three peo­ple.

Land Rover’s ClearSight Rear View mir­ror sys­tem pre­serves rear­ward vis­i­bil­ity when the jump seat is oc­cu­pied, or when the load space is full. It uses a live video feed from a rear-fac­ing cam­era to give driv­ers an un­ob­structed view at all times.

The max­i­mum wad­ing depth of 900mm is also sup­ported by a new Wade pro­gram in the Ter­rain Re­sponse

2 sys­tem. Land Rover’s Pivi Pro touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment will pro­vide con­trol of all the ma­jor ve­hi­cle func­tions, in­clud­ing seam­less smart­phone in­te­gra­tion us­ing Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto.

Twin eSIM tech­nol­ogy un­der­pins Pivi Pro and sup­ports Soft­ware-Over-The-Air

(SOTA) ca­pa­bil­ity, al­low­ing own­ers to down­load up­dates for a va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cle sys­tems.

In ad­di­tion, the New De­fender Hard Top mod­els will fea­ture a com­pre­hen­sive suite of Ad­vanced Driver As­sis­tance Sys­tems.

Land Rover’s 3D Sur­round Cam­era sys­tem pro­vides an all-round vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of the ve­hi­cle on the cen­tral touch­screen, help­ing driv­ers ma­noeu­vre safely in tight spa­ces or po­si­tion the ve­hi­cle close to items ready for load­ing.

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