Can-Am Announces 2016 Defender

by Off-Road Hub Mag | Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015

Defender Family - barley fieldFor 2016 Can-Am is proud to announce the completely new Defender family of utility-recreational side-by-side vehicles. The tough, capable and clever Defender is purpose built for hard-working consumers, farmers, and hunters and further strengthens the 2016 Can-Am off-road lineup.

2016 Can-Am Defender Family
The new Can-Am Defender line of utility-recreational focused side-by-side vehicles meet the demands of land owners, hunters, farmers and ranchers by incorporating Can-Am DNA with unmatched toughness, industry-leading capability and clever adaptability to create the
most dependable utility-recreational vehicle in the industry.

2016 Defender DPS HD8 Yellow_3-4 front

New from the ground up, the Can-Am Defender side-by-side vehicles establish the new standard for the modern utility-recreational off-road 4×4 vehicle by providing consumers with new levels of performance with two heavy-duty Rotax V-twin engine options. Using proven Rotax engine technology, the two rear-mounted engines — a 72-hp HD10 delivering up to 20% more torque at 4,000 RPM than the top-selling competitor, and a high-torque, 50-hp HD8 — deliver high torque, low noise, and reduced heat and vibration. The robust engines are mated with an all-new PRO-TORQ Transmission with a Quick Response System (QRS), Electronic Belt Protection, optimized
ventilation and integrated engine braking to deliver Rotax heavy-duty performance for hard jobs. The new Defender vehicles also offer easy and cost-effective maintenance. A yearly maintenance (or 1,865 miles / 3,000km / 200h) schedule and DIY-friendly makeup means there’s more time for getting work done.

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The Defender is extremely capable off-road and a legitimate workhorse that uses an all-new, high-precision, laser-cut tongue-and-groove chassis with automotive-like chassis technology and fabrication tolerances that are in line with modern pick-up trucks — a powersports industry first. The purpose-built chassis feature HSLA (High-Strength, Low Alloy) delivering a rigid design that’s ready to take the strain of heavy-duty chores. Can-Am engineers put the Defender frame through the new rigorous utility- recreational test cycle at the winter and summer testing grounds to ensure its toughness.

Built on Can-Am expertise and adapted to the demanding requirements of the utility-recreational applications, the Defender vehicle’s TTA-HD rear suspension is optimized comfort drivability and durability.

Each Defender vehicle is designed to be the most capable in its class, letting the operator go practically anywhere with confidence. The Defender offers performance with control thanks to its true, 4-mode traction system for matching the traction demands to various terrains or tasks. The Defender side-by-side’s off-road capable design also includes three available rider-selectable engine modes (ECO / Normal / Work), an 11-inch (27.9 cm) ground clearance, a 10-inch (25.4 cm) suspension travel for superb comfort, four 220 mm (8.6 inch) brake discs for exception control and 140W lighting output for enhanced visibility.

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In addition, the new benchmark of the industry provides exceptional maneuverability thanks to its optimized steering, short turning radius (more than 2-foot shorter than the top-selling competitor for a full circle), purpose-built Dynamic Power Steering and strategic weight distribution providing a strong footing. The Defender, complete with a 2-inch (5.08cm) hitch receiver, also offers class leading towing and loading capabilities with a 1,500-pound / 680-kg payload, 2,000-pound / 907-kg towing capacity and the ability to tote another 1,000 pounds / 454 kg (600 pounds /272 kg in California model) in its heavy-duty, highly versatile cargo box.

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