2017 Can-Am Defender MAX XT HD10


The Defender MAX XT comes equipped with many factory-installed accessories including 27 in. (68.6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires mounted on 14 in. (35.6 cm) wheels and Dynamic Power Steering for better handling and steering.


  • 4-MODE TRACTION SYSTEM: The Visco-Lok QE 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.
  • 27-IN MAXXIS BIGHORN 2.0 TIRES ON 14-IN WHEELS: 14-in (35,6 cm) black cast-aluminum wheels with 27-in (68.6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires.

General Information

Manufacturer Can-Am
Model Year 2017
Model Defender MAX XT HD10
Model Code 8MHH
Color Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo


Brakes Front / Rear - Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Wheels 14 in. Black cast aluminum

Front - Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 27 x 9 x 14 in. (68.6 x 22.9 x 35.6 cm)

Rear - Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 27 x 11 x 14 in. (68.6 x 27.9 x 35.6 cm)


Length 152.5 in. (387.5 cm)
Height 77.3 in. (196.2 cm)
Width 64 in. (162.6 cm)
Weight Estimated Dry - 1,861 lbs. (844.1 kg)
Ground Clearance 11 in. (28 cm)
Wheelbase 115.5 in. (294 cm)


Transmission PRO-TORQ Transmission with Quick Response System (QRS), high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection; Extra-L / H / N / R / P
Drive System True 4-mode Traction System - 2x4 open rear differential, 2x4 locked rear differential / 4x4 open rear differential, 4x4 locked rear differential / Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential


Lighting 140W lighting output from (4) 35W reflectors ensuring a wide visibility, plus LED tail lights with halo glow effect
Instrumentation Lighter type DC outlet in console (20-A)
Battery 12V (30 A/h)


Engine Rotax® V-twin
Horsepower 72 hp
Displacement 976 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


Steering Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
Seating 6 - Dual VERSA-PRO bench seats with passenger seats flipping up, adjustable driver seat, underside hooks, reinforced XT seat skin 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

Front / Rear Shocks - Twin tube gas charged

Frame ROPS-approved profiled cage. Certified ISO 3471 and OSHA.
Load Capacity

Payload - 1,750 lbs. (793.8 kg)

Tailgate - 250 lbs. (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

1,000 lbs. (454 kg)

California only - 600 lbs. (272.2 kg)

Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs. (907.2 kg)

Total - 16.9 gal (63.9 L)

Under dash - 6 gal (22.8 L)

Waterproof and removable box under passenger seat - 5.6 gal (21 L)

Dash - 2 gal (7.7 L)

Water-resistant and removable toolbox - 1.7 gal (6.3 L)

Armrests and cup holders - 1.6 gal (6.1 L)


Hitch 2 in. receiver
Additional Colors Intense Red, Pure Magnesium Metallic
Safety Features Driving Assistance - Electronic Hill Descent Control

Factory - 6-months limited warranty

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