2020 Can-Am Defender Adds Big Traction with New 6×6 Model

The 2020 Can-Am side-by-side and ATV lineup has arrived and for the Defender, the updates bring more wheels.

For Can-Am’s utility machine, a second set of rear wheels has been added to make the Defender 6×6 DPS HD10, capable of towing up to 3000 pounds. Power from the HD10 Rotax engine has been increased up to 69 lb-ft and 82 horsepower, and it can be delivered to all six wheels for true 6×6 power.

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Opting for the 6×6 means that the cargo bed, which measures in at 4.5 x 6 feet, can handle twice the capacity of standard Defender, somewhere around 2000 pounds (official ratings are still to be determined). Removable sides are built into the bed on this model as well to allow owners to have a flat bottom configuration. A removable tool box is also part of the package and fits in the front of the bed.

A few other revisions arrived for the entire 2020 Can-Am Defender lineup. The HD10 models have been made quieter and smoother than ever thanks to a thicker firewall, a new low-sound exhaust system, and even new CVT tuning to keep noise levels low.

A new rugged front steel bumper and upper bumper plate has been added to all model, while the heavy-duty XT bumper has been strengthened and made about five pounds lighter. New suspension calibration arrives for all models to improve ride quality while arched a-arms come to every model to help with ground clearance.

The 2020 models look a little different now too thanks to a fresh fascia, grille and hood. A new 4.5-inch digital display is fit to base models while the X mr, XT-P and Lone Star editions get a 7.6-inch digital display with a new keypad.

For its ATV lineup, the changes for 2020 are pretty minimal. Can-Am has introduced its ITC (intelligent throttle control) on all models with the 850 powerplant now as well, offering up three selectable drive modes. Interior fenders and side panels around the engine on the Outlander have been changed up slightly to help move heat out the back of the machine.

The Outlander MAX Limited package is now available, packing FOX 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks along with 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires. A new 7.6-inch wide digital display has also arrived on the ATVs, coming to the Outlander XT-P, X Xx, X mr 850, X mr 1000R and Outlander Limited.