2017 Can-Am Defender HD5


When we engineered the Can-Am Defender, we pulled out all the stops. We made it tough, capable and clever to excel at everything you demand of it. You'll feel the difference as soon as you sit in and pull away.


  • HEAVY-DUTY ROTAX ENGINES: The Defender offers three very capable true work powerplant options. The 72 hp Rotax HD10 V Twin is specifically tuned for serious work but also offers 61 lb ft torque and peak torque at lower RPM for optimal delivery for recreational use. The work focused Rotax HD8 V Twin delivers 50 hp and 50 lb ft torque for tough tasks. To simply get the job done meet your new yardstick the new Defender HD5 single cylinder Rotax engine delivering 38 hp. The Defender is now the sharpest tool in the shed.
  • HIGH RIGIDITY CHASSIS: The Defender is an extremely capable off-road vehicle and a legitimate workhorse that uses an all-new chassis with automotive-like technology and fabrication tolerances that are in line with modern pick-up trucks. The high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) grade steel means a more rigid design for taking the strain of heavy-duty chores. Can-Am engineers put the Defender frame through the new rigorous Utility Test Cycle at the winter and summer testing grounds to ensure its toughness.
  • BETTER CONTROL: The Visco-Lok † front differential combined with the lockable rear differential* offer a 4-mode traction system providing multiple choices for varying terrain or tasks. Users, via a separate front-and-rear toggle switches, can select between a 2x4 open rear differential for tight turning and turf protection, a 2x4 lockable rear for improved 2WD traction, a 4x4 open rear for more maneuverability in rugged terrain and a 4x4 locked rear for maximum traction. The rear differential is gear-on-gear to the transmission for better response, no maintenance, better efficiency and fewer components. *Lockable rear differential is available on selected models.
  • TTA-HD REAR SUSPENSION: The Defender heavy-duty Torsional Trailing A-arms (TTA-HD) was designed specifically for a utility and recreational usage, offers a full 10-in. (25.4 cm) of travel to provide a smooth ride whatever the terrain. Its architecture offers an optimal comfort and drivability in all conditions thanks to no camber.
  • PICK-UP INSPIRED SEATING: The VERSA-PRO Bench Seat is engineered as a 40/20/40 bench seat, inspired by modern pick-up trucks. It can comfortably accommodate three adults and features “profiled” corners to improve entrance / exit of the cab as well as a sturdy vinyl cover for improved wear resistance. The passenger seats, complete with integrated hooks on their underside, also can be flipped up to improve onboard storage. Can-Am designers also added a foldable central console and armrest with two cup holders to allow more space in the cab.
  • OPEN DASH WITH REMOVABLE TOOLBOX AND UNDER DASH STORAGE: The open dash design features a handy removable and water resistant 1.7 gal (6.3 L) toolbox, an industry exclusive to allow users to carefully carry tools and supplies their need in an organized manner. In addition, it includes 6 gal (23 L) of under dash storage with an enclosed pocket perfect for stowing small essentials All in all, the Defender proposes a total of up to 10.4 gal (39.5 L) of storage solutions.
  • MULTIFUNCTION CARGO BOX WITH STURDY TAILGATE: The highly durable Cargo box has a 1,000 lb (454kg) load capacity and easily dumps. Strategic features include 5 gal (18.9 l) pail recesses, integrated anchors on the sidewalls, and several tie down points for added convenience. To fully optimize the sizeable cargo box consumers can divide up the box using the integrated recesses. The box allows for both 1x3 and plywood separators and accepts bed extenders for refining the bed s overall dimensions. Also, the sturdy tailgate can withstand ordinary farm use and serve as a seat during your lunch break max weight 250 lb ( 113kg).
  • CAB-READY: The sturdy Profile cage (steel) is designed in tandem with the Can-Am Cab and genuine accessories to ensure the best fit-and-finish and seamless integration in the industry. To enhance visibility and improve entrance / exit of the cab, the front section of the cage was moved far forward.
  • MAXXIS TIRES ON 12-IN WHEELS: 12 in. (30.5 cm) steel wheels with Maxxis tires.

General Information

Manufacturer Can-Am
Model Year 2017
Model Defender HD5
Model Code 6XHB
Color Green



Front - Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers

Rear - Single 220 mm ventilated disc brake with hydraulic single-piston caliper

Wheels 12 in. steel Black

Front - Maxxis M923J† 25 x 8 x 12 in. (63.5 x 20.3 x 30.5 cm)

Rear - Maxxis M924J† 25 x 10 x 12 in. (63.5 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm)


Length 120 in. (305 cm)
Height 76 in. (193 cm)
Width 62 in. (157.5 cm)
Weight Dry - 1,286 lb. (583.2 kg)
Ground Clearance 10.5 in. (26.7 cm)
Wheelbase 83 in. (211.5 cm)


Transmission CVT, P / R / N / H / L, standard engine braking and Electronic Drive Belt Protection
Drive System Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential


Lighting 140W lighting output from (4) 35W reflectors ensuring a wide visiblity and LED tail lights

Multifunction Digital Gauge - Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, seat belt, diagnostics, clock, auto shut-off

Lighter type DC outlet in console (20-A)

Battery 12V (18 A/h)
Alternator Magneto - 500W


Engine Rotax® 1-cylinder
Horsepower 38 hp
Displacement 427 cc
Fuel System Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC™) with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.6 gal. (40 l)
Cooling Liquid
Fuel Type Unleaded


Speed - Reverse 3
Seating VERSA-PRO bench seat with passenger seats flipping up, underside hooks and contoured bench to improve entrance/exit of the cab

Front - Double A-arm; 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel

Rear - TTA-HD with external sway bar; 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel

Load Capacity

Payload - 1,200 lb. (544 kg)

Tailgate Load Capacity - 250 lb. (113.4 kg)

Cargo Box Length 38 in. (96.5 cm)
Cargo Box Height 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Cargo Box Width 54.5 in. (138.4 cm)
Cargo Box Capacity 600 lb. (272.2 kg)
Towing Capacity 1,500 lb. (680 kg)


Total - 10.4 gal. (39.5 l)

Under dash - 6 gal. (22.8 l)

Dash - 1.8 gal. (6.9 l)

Water-resistant and removable toolbox - 1.7 gal. (6.3 l)

Armrests and cup holders - 0.9 gal. (3.5 l)


Hitch 2 in. receiver
Safety Features ROPS-approved profiled cage. Certified ISO 3471 and OSHA.

Factory - 6-months limited warranty

Extended - Up to 30 months B.E.S.T. coverage