Along with updates to the 2018 Maverick X3 High Performance UTV models, Can-Am also chose to extend its 2018 offerings in the competitive Utility-Recreation (Ute-Rec). Two new models were added to the tough, capable and clever Can-Am Defender family of side-by-side vehicles.
The 2018 Defender MAX HD8 vehicle, is also a market point-of-entry model that retains all the Defender family benefits at a low price of $12,399 USD. With the ability to haul up to six people and 1,000 pounds in its cargo bed, the Defender MAX HD8 vehicle is as versatile as they come. A heavy-duty 50hp Rotax HD8 V-Twin engine and PRO-TORQ transmission team up to give the vehicle impressive power and torque for tackling tough trails and tougher jobs. The double A-arm front suspension and TTA-HD rear suspension provide 10-in. (25.4 cm) of suspension travel for trail comfort and tackling rugged terrain. A selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential provides added control and nimbleness off the beaten path. New painted black cast-aluminum wheels with 27-in. (68.6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires provide ample traction and a classic look. The fit-and-finish includes the VERSA-PRO front and rear bench seating with flip-up seats and hooks for added cargo convenience.
The all-new Defender MAX XT Cab HD10 arrives with a premium full cab enclosure from the factory and all the dependable and clever Defender family engineering benefits. On top of all the Defender MAX XT features as standard equipment, the new MAX XT Cab HD10 unit’s cab includes a full glass windshield, wiper/washer kit, full doors with electric windows (front) and hinged windows (rear), hard roof with liner, an interior dome light and a sliding rear glass window. The cab kit was optimized for enhanced quality and to create a true 100 percent enclosed system. Along with full-seal cab, the onboard, factory-installed integrated heat management system was updated to better separate hot air and cool air. New front arched A-arms increase the XT Cab package’s track width as well as 11-in. ground clearance. Add in a new stabilizer and the Defender side-by-side is more capable in the challenging terrain.
Four additional Can-Am Defender side-by-side vehicle family improvements were added for 2018. All XT packages get a new front bumper. New larger 27-in. (68.6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires are now standard on both the HD8 and HD10 Convenience vehicles. All Can-Am Defender family vehicles also receive a cargo box deflector to eliminate debris from the cargo bed reaching the engine compartment and a revised shifter gate for smoother operation and durability.