The original Land Rover Defender came in a variety of sizes and shapes, and the new one should follow suit. The reborn Defender debuted in both the standard four-door 110 and the two-door 90, which is shorter in length but more charming. The Defender 110 does have the option of a supplemental rear bench wedged into the cargo area, but it’s nearly useless. To create a true three-row seating package, a third body style was required, which the Defender 130 now has.
The 2023 Land Rover Defender 130, a three-row SUV, was unveiled by Land Rover. It has room for up to 8 people inside. This was accomplished by expanding the length of the new 130 by 13.4 inches over the Defender 110. The 130 is powered by two mild hybrid 3.0-litre 6-cylinder engines, with no option for a V8.
Land Rover Defender 130 Exterior
The exterior paint treatment in Sedona red with Narvik black roof rails is unique to the 130. As an alternative, there is an extended bright pack with bright silver 20-inch wheels and lower finishes painted in silver. The Land Rover’s body has been lengthened by 340mm, enabling the inclusion of a second row of seats inside.
Land Rover Defender 130 Interior
Stepping inside, the Land Rover 130 is a three-row SUV that can seat up to eight people. Not only that, but the cabin is well-built and equipped with cutting-edge technology. There are a variety of new interior trim options available for the 130. The chrome air vents, seat switches, walnut veneer, and tan leather seats are all examples of this. All 130 model levels come with a standard 11.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Thanks to the second sunroof accessible at the back end of the 130, lighting and airing in the cabin are nicely taken care of. Heated seats, armrests, storage compartments, and USB-C connections are all standard features. A four-zone air conditioning system is available as an option. With the back seats folded, the defender 130 has a load capacity of 2516 litres, making it the only SUV with more than 7 occupants.
Engine, power and transmission
With the Land Rover 130, there are two six-cylinder engines available. The 90 and 110’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines, as well as the V8 engine, are not offered for the 130. The 3.0-litre 6-cylinder engine in Land Rover’s new P300 powertrain for the 130 models generates 296 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque.
The second drivetrain uses the same 3.0 engine’s P400 variant, which generates 395 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque. A 48-volt hybrid powertrain assists the two 6-cylinder engine options of the 2023 Land Rover Defender 130. The new 130 drives all four wheels with an eight-speed automatic transmission that is standard on all 130 variants.
Infotainment and connectivity
In terms of infotainment, a larger 11.4-inch display is an option for the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which uses a new Land Rover interface called Pi-vi Pro. The Defender’s system uses a single touchscreen rather than two, has faster response times, and can handle over-the-air software updates for upcoming versions.
Its interface is different from the Touch Pro Duo used by the rest of the Land Rover lineup. The in-dash navigation system, six-speaker audio, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot are all included as standard equipment, as are Apple Car-play and Android Auto. Customers of higher-end Defenders receive a digital gauge cluster and a head-up display, while Meridian stereo systems with 10 or 14 speakers are optional extras.
Land Rover Defender 130 pricing
In addition to the available First Edition this year, the Land Rover Defender 130 price starts at $69,350. It is available in the S, SE, X-Dynamic SE, and X specifications.