The full-size Defender 130 SUV features stadium-style seating for eight passengers and dual panoramic sunroofs.
Land Rover has unveiled the Defender 130, the SUV’s third bodystyle with seating for up to eight people. The new Defender 130 will be positioned above the Defender 110 and Defender 90 in the global market, with the latter two already on the market in India.
- Defender 130 gets 340mm of extra length
- Gets an eight seat stadium style layout
- Departure angle reduced by 11.5deg over 110; has water wading depth of 900mm
The Land Rover Defender is now available in three bodystyles, with the longer, eight-seat 130 variant crowning the 4×4’s lineup. Despite its overtly upmarket focus compared to the utilitarian original, Land Rover executives promised from the start that the second-generation Defender would have the same flexibility of purpose, thanks to the same three-pronged model line-up: 90, 110, and 130.
The Defender 130 is The Largest of The Defenders
Unlike its predecessor, the Defender 130 adds 340mm of length behind the rear axle rather than between the wheels. As a result, it shares the same C-pillar as the mid-sized 110. It is slightly longer than the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz G-Class, with a total length of 5,358mm. It is designed to compete with the largest luxury SUVs on the market.
With the two rows of back seats folded, the extra length creates a massive 2,516-litre load space. In the same configuration, that’s 953 litres more than the 110. But, more importantly, it offers a new two-three-three seating layout as an option, making the Defender Europe’s only mainstream SUV capable of seating more than seven people.
To improve forward visibility, the eight-seat car’s three rows are arranged in a’stadium’ format, with the middle and rearmost rows slightly elevated. With “generous head room,” heated seats, padded armrests, storage cubbies, and USB-C ports, Land Rover claims access to the back seats is “effortless.” Three adults can travel in comfort in the back with “generous head room,” heated seats, padded armrests, storage cubbies, and USB-C ports. A second panoramic sunroof is also available in the back of the car, making the interior “light and airy for everyone.” Four-zone air conditioning is also available as an option.
Interior and Variants of The Land Rover Defender 130
The 130, like the top-of-the-line V8 versions of the 90 and 110, comes standard with Land Rover’s largest, 11.4-inch curved touchscreen, which runs the latest version of the company’s Pivi Pro software. A variety of new interior trim options are available for the 130, including chrome air vents and seat switches, oak veneer, and tan leather seats.
From the start, it comes in five trim levels: SE, HSE, X-Dynamic, X, and the limited-run First Edition, which comes in three “carefully curated” bespoke color combinations and has the majority of the option boxes checked.
Off-Road Statistics for The Land Rover Defender 130
Adaptive air suspension is standard on all models, with up to 430mm of articulation and a wading depth of 900mm in its highest setting. The 130 has a departure angle of 28.5 degrees, which is lower than the 110’s 40 degrees but still competitive against its luxury off-roading rivals, thanks to a “subtle boat-tail uplift” of the lower body behind the rear wheels to make room for the extra space.
Powertrain Options for The Land Rover Defender 130
Three mild-hybrid powertrains, familiar from the shorter Defender models, are available, each paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The P300 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine produces 300hp and 470Nm, while the P400 3.0-litre inline six engine produces 100hp and 80Nm, as well as reducing the 0-100kph sprint time from 8.0 to 6.6 seconds. The D300 straight six, with 300hp and 650Nm of torque, covers the 0-100kph sprint in 7.5 seconds. Additional powertrain derivatives have yet to be announced, but the 90 and 110 are both available with plug-in hybrid and performance-oriented V8 options.
Will The Land Rover Defender 130 Make It to India?
While there is no official confirmation, we expect the new Defender 130 to arrive in India in the near future, based on Land Rover’s strategy of introducing almost every model in India. The all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have already been priced for our market, and deliveries are expected to begin later this year.