The crew at Can-Am have been on the gas as of late, introducing several all-new models designed to propel the maker into the frontal lobe of the consideration set when it comes to new side-by-side purchases and to hopefully take a bite out of the leadership share held by Polaris. With the introduction of their all new work based Defender last year, it was only a matter of time before the model began to branch out into more varied model iterations. Turns out that time has come as Can-Am announced a new six-passenger version of the well equipped vehicle this week. Here’s a look at the official release from BRP:
BRP has expanded its line of Can-Am Defender utility-recreational side-by-side vehicles with the addition of the 2017 Can-Am Defender MAX family, offered in four different models. Its pickup truck-inspired design offers extensive capability, cargo and storage space, along with comfortable seating for up to six adults.
“We made a commitment last fall to vastly broaden our Can-Am side-by-side portfolio with the introduction of a new vehicle every six months for the next four years. The release of this second Can-Am Defender family of vehicles is a direct result of that promise,” said Anne Bélec, SVP Global Brand, Communications and PAC at BRP. “The Defender MAX vehicle meets the very specific demands of global tradesman, hunters and farmers with a tough and capable design that delivers class-leading comfort, convenience and reliability.”
With its added seating capacity, better storage and workhorse capability, the Can-Am Defender MAX models can tackle the toughest jobs or be used to explore terrain with friends and family. The side-by-side vehicles can cleverly convert from transporting people to carrying supplies and heavy loads in seconds.
Similar to the single-bench seat Can-Am Defender vehicle launched in 2015, the Defender MAX model is available with two heavy-duty Rotax V-Twin engine packages – a 72-hp HD10 and a 50-hp HD8 – each delivering peak torque at lower RPM for tackling tough jobs and overcoming varying terrain. It also comes standard with PRO-TORQ transmission with a Quick-Response System that allows for improved power transfer to the wheels.
The Can-Am Defender MAX side-by-side vehicle has three driving modes and a four-mode traction system with Visco-Lok QE front differential that provide multiple choices and control for varying terrain and tasks. It features a 1,750-pound (793.8-kg) payload capacity, 2,000-pound (907.2-kg) tow rating and is rated to haul a best-in-class 1,000 pounds (454 kg) in its dumpable cargo bed. All of this capability is packaged with an exclusive suspension that provides responsive handling and comfort, even while carrying heavy loads.
The rear cargo bed, which has a 250-pound (113-kg) capacity, is equipped with integrated anchors and tie-down points, and includes multiple recesses for DIY convenience, such as a set built specifically to hold five-gallon (19-L) buckets in place. In addition to the rear cargo bed space, there are copious amounts of onboard storage by way of adaptable and folding front and rear passenger seats and an industry-first removable toolbox. Also integrated into the cockpit are easy egress/ingress seats, passenger handholds and fold-down armrests with cup holders.
Multiple package options are available for all Can-Am Defender MAX models: Defender MAX HD8, Defender MAX HD10, Defender MAX XT HD8 and Defender MAX XT HD10. Premium colors, including an industry-exclusive Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo, and dozens of genuine Can-Am accessories are also available for personalization.
The Defender MAX model comes with a yearly advised maintenance schedule of 1,865 miles (3,000 km) or 200 hours so owners can focus on chores and recreation instead of routine service.