Land Rover Defender 130, the 8-seater version arrives

Land Rover Defender 130, the 8-seater version arrives

Land Rover Defender 130

Land Rover Defender 130 represents a historic moment for one of the most famous off-road vehicles in the world: after being completely refurbished in 2020, today the Defender is ready to arrive on the market in a new long wheelbase version with cockpit that can accommodate up to 8 passengers.

The official presentation of the new Land Rover Defender 130 is set for next May 31st, the same day the company will open orders for the car: unfortunately for now Land Rover has not released many images, and we have to limit ourselves to imagining what the new Defender will be like, knowing that the wheelbase will be 3.3 meters - easily calculated from the model name, where "130" indicates the measurement in inches of the car's wheelbase.

As anticipated, we know very little about what the new Land Rover Defender 130 will be equipped with, but undoubtedly the British brand will opt for the most powerful and modern engines at its disposal, including we will certainly have hybrid models, even plug-in ones, and maybe even the powerful V8.

Land Rover Defender 130 will enrich a range of vehicles which to date consists of 4 other versions, two with short wheelbase and two with long wheelbase, respectively with 3 and 5 doors; a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to test the Defender 90 and we were pleasantly impressed, despite some details that make it even better - click on this link to read our test of the Land Rover Defender 90 powered by the 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine. displacement of 200 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque.

Three-Row Land Rover Defender 130 SUV teased ahead of May 31 debut

Photo credit: Land Rover

  • Land Rover has announced that the three-row Defender, called the 130, will be revealed on May 31.

  • The model was first confirmed last March, and we spied it being tested in September.

  • The Defender 130 will seat eight passengers and is expected to be offered with six- and eight-cylinder engines.

  • The impending arrival of a three-row Defender has been known for some time. Land Rover first confirmed the model's existence in March 2021, and we spied prototypes of the boxy SUV testing in September. Now Land Rover has revealed that we will officially see the Defender 130—which joins the lineup above the two-door 90 and four-door, two-row 110—on May 31 and has released a teaser image of the 130 playing on some dunes.

    Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver

    The 130 will come with eight seats, with two rows of three positioned behind the driver and front passenger. To accommodate the extra passengers, the Defender 130 is expected to grow by ten inches, with most of the additional length coming on the rear overhang. The extended rear end of the 130 is obscured in the teaser image by a cloud of sand, but the spy shots give a good idea of what the extra length will look like, and not much else about the design is expected to change.

    The stretched Defender 130—designed primarily for the U.S. and China markets—is expected to be offered only in higher trim levels and will likely be fitted with both the six- and eight-cylinder engines. Order books will open in the United Kingdom on May 31, and it shouldn't be long before U.S. customers can start plunking down a deposit on the newest Defender variant. The 130's starting price is expected to be at least $70,000, with V-8 models going for well over $100,000.

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