DEFENDER<sup>®</sup>

MORE PASSENGERS – MORE OPTIONS

For over 60 years, unsurpassed quality, safety and innovation has made Champion a market leader in the mid-size commercial bus industry.  The Champion Defender carries on that tradition and adds a segment-leading 44 passenenger capacity, high flexibility and heavy-duty performance capabilities. With a complete assortment of floor plans, interior options and configurations, the Defender can deliver the ride tailored to your needs.

INTERIOR

WALL TO WALL ACCOMMODATIONS

The Champion Defender offers nothing but flexibility with its abundance of floor plans and interior options, allowing for the utmost customization. Whether it be for style, comfort, functionality or to meet specific requirements needed in the special needs and prison transport industries, the Defender can meet your expectations.

EXTERIOR

SLEEK AND DURABLE

The Champion Defender is as aesthetically pleasing as it is powerful. The Defender’s composite exterior offers a sleek look and easy maintenance. There are a variety of graphics packages and paint schemes available to deliver the perfect look for your application.

Standard
Features

  • Right Hand Grab Rails
  • T-Slider Windows
  • Track Seating
  • Rear Egress Window
  • One Piece Composite Roofing
  • Non-Slip vinyl flooring
  • 32" Electric Entry Door
  • Interior and Exterior LED Lighting
  • Upgraded Suspension Systems

Chassis
Standards

55 Gallon Fuel Tank Rear Axle Ratio 3.73
225 AMP Alternator Dual 145-AMP Alternator-Diesel
Dual 650 CCA Battery Dual 77 CCA Battery
Power 4-Wheel Disc (ABS) 57 Gallon Fuel Tank
LT225/75RX16E Tires
Tilt/Cruise

Popular
Options

  • Camera Systems
  • Driver Barrier
  • Wheel Chair Lift
  • Luggage Racks
  • Destination Signs
  • Custom Paint and Graphics
  • Alternative Fuels
  • 40" Electric Entry Door
  • Multiple Chassis Platforms

Vehicle Specifications

  • 2020 S2C
  • 60 Gal Fuel Tank Capacity
  • 6.7L Diesel Engine
  • 10 gal DEF Tank Cap.
  • 125.5" Exterior Height Excluding Rooftop Options
  • 94" Exterior Width
  • 90" Interior Width
  • 78.25" Interior Front Height
  • 78.25" Interior Rear Height
  • 32" Door Size Clear Opening
Bus Model Length DF290 DF330 DF350 DF380 DF380 DF380
Max. Seat Capacity 29 33 35 40 44 44
Max. Wheelchair Spaces 6 8 10 12 12 12
Wheelbase 219" 238" 259" 279" 300" 300"
GVWR (lbs) 26,000 26,000 26,000 26,000 32,000 32,000
GAWR Front 9,000 9,000 9,000 9,000 12,000 12,000
GAWR Rear 17,000 17,000 17,000 17,000 20,000 20,000
Transmission Allison B220 Auto Allison B220 Auto Allison B220 Auto Allison B220 Auto Allison B300 Auto Allison 2500 PTS Auto
Tire Size 245/70R19.5 245/70R19.5 245/70R19.5 245/70R19.5 275/80R22.5 275/80R22.5
Floor Length 269" 287" 311" 344" 369" 369"
Overall Length 382" 400" 424" 456.75" 482" 482"
  • 2020 Model Year
  • 32" Door Size Clear Opening
Bus Model Length DF250 DF250 DF290 DF270 DF270 DF290 DF350 DF400
Max. Seat Capacity 21 21 25 23 23 25 35 43
Max. Wheelchair Spaces 5 5 8 8 8 7 8 10
Model F-550 F-550 F-550 F-550 F-550 F-550 F-650 F-650
Wheelbase 169" 169" 205" 193" 193" 205" 260" 310"
GVWR (lbs) 18,000 18,000 19,500 18,000 18,000 19,500 25,999 and up 25,999 and up
GAWR Front 5,600 5,600 7,000 6,000 6,000 7,000 10,000 10,000
GAWR Rear 13,660 13,660 14,706 13,660 13,660 14,706 19,000 19,000
Fuel Tank Capacity (US Gal.) 40 gal 40 gal 40 gal 40 gal 40 gal 40 gal 65 gal 65 gal
Engine Type Diesel Gas Gas Gas Diesel Diesel Diesel Diesel
Engine Size 6.7 7.3 7.3 7.3 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7
Transmission 10-Speed Auto 10-Speed Auto 10-Speed Auto 10-Speed Auto 10-Speed Auto 10-Speed Auto 6-Speed Auto 6-Speed Auto
DEF Tank Cap. 7 gal NA NA NA 7 gal 7 gal 7 gal 7 gal
Tire Size 225/75R19.5 225/75R19.5 225/75R19.5 225/75R19.5 225/75R19.5 225/75R19.5 255/70R22.5 255/70R22.5
Floor Length 178" 178" 214" 210" 210" 214" 317.75" 375.75"
Overall Length 306.68" 306.68" 342.68" 338.68" 338.68" 342.68" 436.4" 494.4"
Exterior Height Excluding Rooftop Options 123" 123" 123" 123" 123" 123" 129" 129"
Exterior Width 94" 94" 94" 94" 94" 94" 102" 102"
Interior Width 90" 90" 90" 90" 90" 90" 95.25" 95.25"
Interior Front Height 78.25" 78.25" 78.25" 78.25" 78.25" 78.25" 79.79" 79.79"
Interior Rear Height 78.25" 78.25" 78.25" 78.25" 78.25" 78.25" 79.79" 79.79"

MANY OPTIONS FOR THE PERFECT RIDE

Like all Champion buses, the Defender offers a near endless number of configurations to suit specialized requests, from seat-to-wheelchair ratios, luggage options, fabric and lighting types, to cab controls, window preferences and more. It is also available on multiple chassis platforms making it ideal for multiple markets segments like tour, transit, para-transit, prison and higher learning.

DEFENDER® Floor Plans

HIGHEST CAPACITY IN THE MID-SIZE CATEGORY

The Champion Defender sets a high bar in the medium-duty category with its heavy-duty performance capabilities and large capacity. The Defender’s sturdy structure and wide body can comfortably seat 44 passengers and is equipped with low-floor accessibility to allow for every passenger to have a smooth trip. Combined with its ability to trek longer distances and its powerful engine, the Defender is one of the best options on the market. Here are some of the key features of the Defender that make it one of the favorite options for our customers: