• 2013 Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender is the model with one of the most interesting evolution in Land Rover’s line-up and while previous rumors suggested that the model will be replaced for the 2013 model year, the British company surprised us with a series of updates offered for 2013. So we guess that the new generation previewed by the Defender Concept 100 will have to wait a little bit more.

While for the 2012 model year the Defender received a new 2.2-litre diesel engine, ventilated discs, detail improvements to the interior and new option packs, 2013 will being the addition of two new body colors, Barolo Black and Havana, new premium seat design, upgraded in-car entertainment and a choice of four new contrast roof colors.

The SUV’s new 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers a total of 120 HP and 265 lbs-ft of torque and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 14.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 90 mph. Not very impressive figures we know, but lets face; you don’t buy the Defender for its performances!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Land Rover Defender.

The exterior and the interior

2013 Land Rover Defender Interior
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For the 2013 model year the Defender continues with the same impressive exterior look, except that now customers will have the possibility to opt for two new body colours, Barolo Black and Havana plus new, contrast roof colors: Santorini Black, Indus Silver, Orkney Grey or Firenze Red.

For the interior Land Rover is offering premium part leather seats nd an audio system featuring a single-slot CD player, USB, Aux jack and 4x50W amplification with an optional audio upgrade available for Bluetooth connectivity with remote microphone.

Option packs:

  • Comfort Pack- Air conditioning, CD Player with auxiliary input and convenience pack.
  • Exterior Pack- Brunel grille and headlamp surrounds, body colored roof, wheel arches and side runners.
  • Leather Pack- Part leather seats and leather steering wheel available on all body styles.
  • Off-Road Pack- ABS, heavy duty rim and MTR tyre, tow ball and under-ride protection bar.

The engine

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The 2013 Defender will be offered with a 2.2-liter diesel engine that delivers a total of 120 HP and 265 lbs-ft of torque and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 14.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 90 mph. The engine is mated to a GFT MT 82 six-speed gearbox which has an excellent ratio spread, high top gear for cruising and enhanced low-speed crawl capability.


Prices for the 2013 Land Rover Defender will be announced at a later date.

The competition

2013 Land Rover Defender High Resolution Exterior
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One of the biggest competitor for the Land Rover Defender, the Mercedes G-Class has been recently entered its new generation. The car has been heavily modified and includes a new interior with exquisite materials, a completely redesigned instrument cluster and center console, and some minor changes for the exterior. Under the hood there is a 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine or a 5.5-liter V8 petrol engine - depending on the version.

  • Leave it
    • Quite lame performance numbers
    • We do want that new generation
Alina Moore
Alina Moore
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