FIRST LOOK @ THE ALL-NEW CAN-AM DEFENDER 6X6 DPS HD10 - ATV World Magazine - North America's Best ATVing Magazine (2024)

Promising To Out Work The Competition, BRP Brings An All-New 6
Wheeled Defender With Massive Payloads, Traction, and Clearance.

A brand new vehicle for 2020, the Defender 6×6 DPS HD10 is designed to conquer the most challenging tasks and gnarliest terrain, with previously un-heard of payload capabilities. The 6X6 gets all the new model year updates to styling, performance and chassis as the rest of Defender lineup, combined with incredible 6 wheel traction and a massive multi-function cargo box. A true go -anywhere workhorse that can carry an unbelievable 1000-lbs(453.6kg) in the bed only to be outdone by its class leading 3,000-lb(1361kg) towing capacity.

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The thing that really sets the Defender 6×6 apart from anything in its class, is that its in a class of its own. There are other UTV’s with extremely large payload capabilities and there are plenty of UTV’s that are extremely capable in extreme off-road conditions, but they don’t typically excel at both. In most cases a heavy payload is achieved with overly stiff suspension and minimal wheel travel, this is not at all what BRP was looking for with the Defender. Quiet, comfortable and dependable like its previous bloodline, with versatile functionality and what they call adaptable sure-footedness thats offered from its Double Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTA) rear suspension and two extra rear wheels.

The new Defender 6×6’s suspension system has been designed for both utility and recreational usage with a full ten inches of travel at both rear axles. The Arched Torsional Trailing A-Arm design provides additional ground clearance out near the wheels, and zero camber change for optimal comfort and drivability in any condition. The Defender’s TTA suspension features more pivot points (bushings) than the competition, and they’re also larger and grazeable on both ends. This more durable setup also features wear plates to prevent friction between the chassis and suspension creating a more controlled wheel movement and increases longevity. A removable external sway bar puts power to the ground, improves traction and limits body roll.

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The Defender 6×6’s 10 inches of travel, and maximum ground clearance TTA rear suspension is complemented with their proven Arched double A-arm front suspension with 11 inches (27.9 cm) of travel and smooth, predictable handling. This system combined with twin tube gas charged shocks provides a comfortable ride in the most difficult terrain, even when loaded down with heavy cargo.

In further search of combining un-matched traction and load capabilities with comfort and trail capability, the Defender 6×6 comes stock with traction grabbing 27” Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. The durable, yet very lightweight 2.0 Bighorns have earned a reputation as one of the best handling tires on a variety of terrain. The six 2.0 Bighorn’s come standard on lightweight, yet durable cast-aluminum wheels with a black painted finish. Combined with the Defender’s arched suspension and chassis design, the 27” tires create an impressive 13 inches of ground clearance for unbelievable off-road capability.

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The entire 2020 HD10 Defender line-up gets the newly revised and significantly more powerful 82hp Rotax engine with an industry-leading 69 ft-lb of torque. This revised power-plant produces peak torque at lower RPM for optimal delivery while helping to achieve it’s class-leading 3000 lb. towing capacity. This impressive torque output is also a key factor in the 6×6’s incredible 453 kg (1000 lb.) cargo bed capacity. Alongside this significant power increase, the 2020 Defenders also get a thicker firewall for reduced heat and sound in the cab.

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The Defender’s PRO-TORQ transmission is calibrated to make optimal use of the Defender’s available power with a Quick Response System to enhance low-speed operation, and deliver smoother and more responsive power delivery with precise engagement. The Defender also comes with a work specific “extra low” gear for optimal torque delivery under heavy loads. Clutch ventilation has also been optimized for lower speeds to improve belt durability. The Defenders Electronic Belt Protection monitors the CVT belt slip reminds the driver when to be in low gear. Integrated hill descent control provides smooth, predictable deceleration.

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The 1000 pound capacity in itself is pretty impressive, but then you gotta ask yourself how would you even put a 1000 pounds of anything in a UTV bed. This is where they’ve gone and done it again. The Defender 6X6 features a huge multifunction cargo box, in fact at 180.3 cm x 138.4 cm it’s actually twice as long as the regular defender bed. The hauling possibilities are endless with this super intuitive bed, as it features easily removable side panels transforming into a flatbed in seconds. The 6×6’s massive bed features shock assisted manual dumping and BRP even offers an electric assist kit for effortless unloading at the touch of a button. Dozens of LinQ accessories like gun mounts, bed racks, and spare tire mounts are already available for the 6X6’s super long bed.

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The 6 foot dump bed is by far the largest in the industry, but the storage options don’t stop there. Can-Am engineers also built in an impressive 63.9L of onboard storage with stowage locations under the dash, in a removable toolbox and in a removable waterproof box beneath the passenger seat. With just under 64 liters of storage you can truly equip your defender for anything and everything you might discover along the trail.

Every 2020 Defender vehicle including the 6×6 gets a revised Dual-Phase steel chassis for a 30% increase in rigidity. The new frame features an integrated steel bumper and bumper plates with automotive-like technology and improved fabrication tolerances. The integrated front bumper appears small but designed to offer optimal protection. A full length HMWPE (High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) or “super dense and durable plastic” skid plate protects the bottom of this new chassis from anything you might find along the trail.

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The new Defender 6×6 is going to open all sorts of doors for projects to be accomplished with a UTV. Whether work, adventure, or even play, these previously unheard of carrying capacities combined with true off-road capable traction and clearance should create a whole new class of UTV and we can’t wait to check one out in person.

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Engine type: Rotax, Liquid cooled, V- twin

Displacement: 976cc

Horsepower/Torque: 82 HP/ 69 lb-ft

Lubrication system: Dry sump

Induction: Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) with Electronic Fuel
Injection (EFI)

Starting/back-up: Electric

Air Filter: Paper Pleat

Transmission: PRO-TORQ transmission with Quick Response System
(QRS) high airflow ventilation and Electronic Belt Protection

Drive Train: Selectable 4WD / 6WD with Visco-Lok QE auto-locking
front differential

Driving Assistance: Electronic Hill Descent Control; ECO/ECO
Off/Work modes

Power Steering: Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)


Fuel capacity: 40 liters (10.6 gals)

Wheelbase: 294 cm (115.5”)

Overall length/width/height: 389.6cm/162.5cm/196.8cm

Cargo Box Dimension: 180.3 cm x 138.4 cm x 25.4 cm (72-in x
54.5-in x 10-in)

Ground clearance: 33 cm (13”)

Claimed dry weight: 882 kg (1944.5 lbs.)

Onboard storage: 63.9 L (16.9-Gal)

Cargo Box Capacity: 453.6 kg (1000 lbs.)

Towing Capacity: 1361 kg (3000 lbs.)


Chassis: Dual-Phase grade steel

Cage: Profiled, ROPS approved cage

Suspension/wheel travel:

Front: Arched Double A-arm; 27.9cm (11”) of wheel travel

Rear: Arched TTA w/external sway bar 27.9cm (11”) of travel

Shock: Twin tube gas charged shocks


Front: Hydraulic discs 220 mm w/twin piston calipers

Rear: Hydraulic disc 220 mm w/twin piston caliper


Front: 27×9-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0

Rear: 27×11-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0

Wheels: 14-inch Cast Aluminum Wheels


Magneto: 650 W

DC Outlet…Console (20-A)


Front: 140 Watt from four 35-W Reflector Headlights

Rear: LED tail lights/brake lights


Colors: White; Mossy Oak Break-Up Camo

Instrumentation: 11.4 cm wide digital display, odo, trip, hour
meter, RPM, gear position, fuel, clock, ECO/ECO Off, Work modes, Seat Belt,
diagnostics, Battery Voltage, Engine Temp

Winch: N/A

Protection: Included front bumper, Injection molded full skid
plates, premium half doors, and HD CV boot guards

Warranty: 1-year limited warranty, and available up to 30 months
B.E.S.T. coverage

PRICE: $21,399 CAN

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What is the difference between the Can Am defender HD8 and HD10? ›

The 1000cc HD10 puts down 72 hp (61 ft-lb torque) and the 800cc HD8 leads its class at 50 hp (50 ft-lb torque). Can Am engines were completely reworked, in search of every possible ounce of additional torque vs. the typically desired top speed.

How much is a Can Am defender Limited? ›

Suggested List PriceAverage Retail
Base Price$25,499$21,540
Options (Add)
Total Price$25,499$21,540
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What size engine is in the Can Am defender? ›

Engine and Performance

The 2023 Can-Am Defender is available in two engine options: a 976cc Rotax V-twin engine and a 1000cc Rotax V-twin engine. The 976cc engine delivers 82 horsepower and 69 lb-ft of torque, while the 1000cc engine delivers 100 horsepower and 69 lb-ft of torque.

How long is a Can Am defender HD10? ›

Size Specs For 2-Seater Defenders
ModelDefenderDefender DPS
Height (in)76HD7-HD9: 76 HD10: 78
Length (in)121121
Width (in)62HD7-HD9: 62 HD10: 64
Weight (Lbs)HD7: 1,475 HD9: 1,479HD7: 1,460 HD9: 1,541 HD10: 1,537
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How many miles is a lot for a Can-Am defender? ›

But if you're curious as to what's considered high mileage on a Can-Am Defender, the answer is… it depends. We've seen Can-Am Defenders with roughly 45,000 miles / 2,500 hours on them that look mint and run like new, but we've also seen Defenders with only a couple thousand miles that are totally worn out.

What is better Can-Am defender or Polaris Ranger? ›

The Ranger comes out ahead at lower speeds while the Defender feels better at higher speeds. This comes down to the difference in dampening and rebound rates of the shocks, and we just prefer the feel of the Defender most of the time. But it's so close that it's hard to call the Defender the clear winner.

What is the difference between Defender HD9 and HD10? ›

Get the HD10 if you can. Compared with the HD9, the extra $2,600 (three-seater) or $2,200 (Max) buys 17 more horsepower, 10 more pound-feet of torque, an inch more suspension travel, a couple of extra inches of ground clearance, and superior XPS Trail King tires.

How much is a 2023 Defender max limited? ›


How long is a 2023 Can-Am defender Limited? ›

2023 Can-Am Defender Limited/Max Limited Specs
MSRP:$28,799 (Limited) / $31,899 (Max Limited)
Length:126.0 in. (Limited) / 158.0 (Max Limited)
Width:65.0 in.
Height:81 in.
Wheelbase:83 in. (XT) / 115.5 (Max XT)
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Is a Can-Am Defender an ATV or UTV? ›

Can-Am DEFENDER UTV/Utility Four Wheelers for Sale.

Where is the Can-Am Defender built? ›

Our Mexican footprint has grown over the years. We now have two plants in Juárez where we manufacture our Can-Am off-road vehicles. In Querétaro, we assemble our Sea-Doo watercraft and the Rotax engines for our Can-Am off-road vehicles. .

How often do you change the belt on a Can Am Defender? ›

Can-Am Defender Maintenance Schedule
PartMaintenance Interval HoursMaintenance Interval Miles (Kilometers)
Drive Belt1001,000 (1,600 km)
Rear Gearcase/Transmission Fluid1001,000 (1,600 km)
Clutch6006,000 (9,600 km)
Radiator Coolant
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Can you tune a Can Am Defender HD10? ›

These tunes modify all the necessary maps to create big horsepower while still maintaining a reliable and safe Defender HD10. Each tune is built specifically for your Powervision allowing us to change various things like rev limit or fan temp if needed. The Defender HD10 is a great UTV with potential.

How often do you service a Can Am Defender? ›

Maintenance Schedule For The Can-Am Defender
PartMaintenance Interval Hours (normal use / severe use)Maintenance Interval Date
Drive Belt200Yearly
Engine Oil & Filter200 / 100Yearly
Front Differential Oil200Yearly
Rear Gearcase / Transmission Oil100 / 50
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How fast does a Can-Am defender HD8 go? ›

The HD8 is satisfyingly quick, and it can reach 55 mph if you have the room.

What does HD10 mean? ›

HD-10 means liquefied petroleum gas with no more than 10% propylene. has the same meaning as contained in MRR.

What is the difference between Can-Am HD8 and HD9? ›

And the Rotax HD9 option replaces the HD8 in the Can-Am Defender lineup. It is a larger, more powerful engine that delivers 30%1 more horsepower than its predecessor. It promises the same dependability, with even more workability by way of class-leading power and low-end torque.


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