2018 Can-Am Defender X mr


Optimized for mud and changeable, fluid, tricky conditions, the Defender X mr is the workhorse built to keep running through the toughest obstacles with ease. Its snorkeled intakes and revolutionary Smart-LokTM* differential are just the start.


  • ROTAX HD10 V-TWIN: The 72 hp Rotax HD10 V-Twin is specifically tuned for serious work, and it's been proven a serious companion in muddy conditions. Why? Torque. In 2018, the engine feels even more responsive thanks to an all-new front differential setup that makes this Rotax power plant even more compelling.
  • LOCKABLE FRONT DIFFERENTIAL: For next-level traction to conquer the roughest terrain, Can-Am-exclusive Smart-Lok™ technology is the new benchmark. A true full lockable on-the-fly front differential with electronically-controlled automatic modes, or with the simple press of a button that offers preset, intelligent calibrations for your type of riding. Using multiple input sources, "Smart mode” will instantaneously engage locking with the right load at the right moment. It provides maximum traction while allowing for low-speed maneuverability. In the Defender X mr, placing it accurately will allow you to conquer any obstacles and keep full momentum to lead you to triumph braap-braap.
  • SNORKELED CVT AND ENGINE INTAKES: With snorkeled CVT and engine intakes, the Defender X mr gains the ability to perform in deeper water and more extreme conditions where dirt and dust are a concern. The increased intake height gives better water fording capabilities, allowing this swamp-ready side-by-side vehicle and its determined riders to leave other side-by-sides in its wake.
  • 30 IN. ITP CRYPTID TIRES ON 14 IN. ALUMINUM WHEELS: Want a head start? These 30 in. ITP Cryptid† tires on 14 in. aluminum wheels will hook up all the way from the hole shot to the moment you turn it off, whether for a blast across a mud hole or on a long-distance ride.
  • FRONT AND REAR ARCHED ARMS: Fitted with arched arms, aluminum rock sliders, and mudguards, we've given added protection for obstacles and unforeseen circumstances that may derail a lesser side-by-side. At speed, its improved geometry returns excellent road holding and control.
  • ADAPTABLE 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. Combined with the removable and waterproof under seat storage box, the Defender proposes a total of 16.2 gal. (61.3 l) of storage solutions.
  • 4,500 LB. (2,041 KG) WINCH WITH SYNTHETIC ROPE POSITIONED ON THE FRONT BUMPER: If what we've seen our owners already do with their Defenders, a little added capability is never a bad thing. To match the rest of the Defender X mr's upgrades, this 4,500 lb. (2,041 kg) winch with synthetic rope ensures you'll conquer obstacles, recovery missions, and oversized tasks with ease.
  • VERSA-PRO BENCH SEAT WITH BOLSTER SEATS: For a more recreational ride, our engineers quickly learned that bolstering the Defender's capability meant its occupants needed to be more secure than ever, leading to the all-new VERSA-PRO bench seats. With added side padding and redesigned profile, they'll help you control and enjoy this side-by-side vehicle to the fullest. The VERSA-PRO bench seat also featured X package seat trims.
  • Analog / digital gauge with enclosed storage

General Information

Manufacturer Can-Am
Model Year 2018
Model Defender X mr
Model Code 8YJC
Color Carbon Black / Sunburst Yellow



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

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

Wheels 14 in. cast aluminum

ITP Cryptid

Front - 30 x 9 x 14 in. (76.2 x 22.9 x 35.6 cm)

Rear - 30 x 11 x 14 in. (76.2 x 27.9 x 35.6 cm)


Length 128 in. (325 cm)
Height 80.5 in. (204.5 cm)
Width 66.7 in. (169.4 cm)
Weight Estimated Dry - 1,665.8 lb. (755.6 kg)
Ground Clearance 13.5 in. (34.3 cm)
Wheelbase 83 in. (211.5 cm)



PRO-TORQ Transmission with Quick Response System (QRS), Electronic Drive Belt Protection and high airflow ventilation with strategically positioned CVT air intake and exhaust

Extra-L / H / N / R / P

Drive System

Lockable front differential with exclusive Smart-LokTM technology

True 4 modes traction system: 2WD / 4WD with front differential lock / 4WD MUD / 4WD TRAIL


Lighting 140W lighting output from (4) 35W reflectors ensuring a wide visiblity, plus LED tail lights with halo glow effect

Two lighter type DC outlets, one in the console (20A) and one in the under dash storage (20A)

Multifunction analog / digital - Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, ECO / Normal / Work modes, seat belt and 4 x 4 indicator, diagnostics, clock, auto shut off

Battery 12V (30 A/h)


Engine Rotax® V-twin with strategically positioned engine air intake
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 Adjustable tilt

3 Person Capacity

VERSA-PRO bench seat with bolster seats for additional lateral support, passenger seats flipping up, adjustable driver seat, underside hooks, reinforced seat skin featuring X package trims and contoured bench to improve entrance/exit of the cab


Front - Double A-arm with arched A-arms and sway bar; 9 in. (22.8 cm) travel

Rear - TTA-HD with arched lower arms and external sway bar; 9.5 in. (24.1 cm) travel

Front / Rear Shocks - Twin tube gas charged

Load Capacity

Payload - 1,500 lb. (680 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 2,000 lb. (907.2 kg)


Total - 16.2 gal. (61.3 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 - 0.9 gal. (3.5 l)


Hitch 2 in. receiver
Additional Colors

Carbon Black / Sunburst Yellow

Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo

Safety Features Heavy-duty front steel bumper, full skid plate, aluminum rock sliders, mudguards
Warranty Factory - 6-months limited warranty