Land Rover Defender 130 Brings Off-Road Fun to the Entire Family
It offers the same off-road capabilities as its smaller brothersby Alina Moore, on
Launched in 2019, the current generation Land Rover Defender has only been offered in two different versions: 90 and 110. Today, however, a new 130 version was added to the lineup. It is basically an extended-body version of the current models, with a lot more interior room and seating for 8 people.
For the U.S. market, the new Defender 130 will be offered in four trim levels: Defender, Defender X-Dynamic, Defender X, and Defender 130 First Edition. Prices will start from $68,000 before handling and delivery.
How big is the new Defender 130?
With a total length of 210.9 inches (5,358mm), the new Defender 130 is the longest Defender in history. The new 130 model is built on the same 118.9-inch wheelbase as the Defender 110. The difference is in the extra 13.3 inches (340 mm) of additional body placed at the rear that will improve both the interior space and the cargo room.
Despite the added length, the new Defender 130 still offers amazing off-road capabilities. Its approach and break-over angles are pretty much identical to the 110 - at 37.5 degrees and 27.8 degrees, respectively. The only one that changed is the departure angle: 28.5 degrees in the 130 version versus 40 degrees in the 110 model. Ground clearance was also increased a little from 10.8 to 11.4 inches.
Defender 130 Interior Space
The added length will of course offer improved room inside. According to Land Rover, the optional third row will provide "comfortable seating for three adults," while all three rows will offer generous headroom. Also, all three rows will enjoy the standard-fit panoramic glass sunroof, but for the third row there is also an extra sunroof that will improve lighting and airing in the car.
The new Defender 130 offers a maximum trunk capacity of 88.85 cubic-feet. That’s when you opt for the five-seater version, and you have all the seats folded. The minimum goes down to only 13.73 cubic-feet in the eight-seater version with all three rows in place. Just for the sake of comparison, the Defender 110 offers 34 cubic-feet of storage space behind its rear seats.
|Luggage capacity||Defender 130 eight-seat||Defender 130 five-seat|
|Rows two and three folded||2,291 litres||2,516 litres|
|Row three folded||1,232 litres||1,329 litres|
|All three rows in place||389 litres||-|
Subtle Exterior Enhancements
There is no doubt that you can easily recognize the new Defender 130 for what it is. However, it does offer a few unique features when compared to the other two models. There is a new, exclusive Sedona Red exterior finish offered next to all the other colors available for the Defender lineup. Then there is of course the extended rear overhang that features a subtle boat tail-style uplift. This not only makes the rear look a little bit more elegant, but also maximizes the car’s all-terrain capability. The surrounds for the rear LED lighting units have also been redesigned. The roof rails are offered in standard Narvik Black, while the bonnet louvres and side fenders are finished in Ceres Silver. Land Rover is also offering optional Explorer, Adventure, Country, Urban and Extended Bright Pack - that adds Ceres Silver Satin finish for all the lower body panels. 20-inch Luna alloy wheels finished in Bright Silver come as standard equipment.
Inside, each seat will be offered with its own ventilation, but more heating and air-conditioning is offered thanks to the optional Four Zone Climate Control. According to Land Rover, getting in and out from the third row will be easy, as the second-row seats slide and fold forward to provide wide access. There is also a new Natural Light Oak engineered wood veneer offered exclusively for the 130. Customers can also opt for Light Oyster Perforated Windsor Leather, Vintage Tan Perforated Windsor Leather or Robustec fabric in Duo Tone finish.
On the technology side, the new Defender 130 offers a 11.4-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen as standard. As a first for the Defender lineup, the new Cabin Air Purification Plus system made its debut in the 130. It features nanoe X technology for allergen reduction and pathogen removal to help significantly reduce odors and viruses. The global location platform, what3words is also integrated in the Defender 130.
Defender 130 Performance
On the North American market, the new Defender 130 is offered with the same engines as the 90 and the 110. The base model - the P300 — is offered with a 3.0-liter mild-hybrid turbocharged powertrain that delivers a total of 296 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 4,250 rpm. The more powerful version, the P400, combines a turbocharged, 3.0-liter six-cylinder gasoline engine and a 4.8-volt electric supercharger. The system delivers a combined 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. Both versions are offered with an eight-speed gearbox and twin-speed transfer case.
When can you order the new Defender 130?
On the North American market, the new Defender 130 is already available to order. As mentioned, it will be offered in four trim levels: Defender, Defender X-Dynamic, Defender X and Defender 130 First Edition with prices starting from $68,000 before handling and delivery.