Land Rover Debuts Plus-Sized, Three-Row Defender 130

The Land Rover Defender family is expanding. The newest and largest member of the brood, the 2023 Land Rover Defender 130, will arrive on U.S. shores in the coming year.

The three-row, five-door Defender 130 joins the Defender 90 and Defender 110 in the Land Rover Defender family lineup. It's larger than the other two with both the 90 and 110 having two rows of seating, but the 90 having a three-door configuration while the 110 has five doors.

The British automaker, which is owned by Tata Motors, will sell the Defender 130 in S, SE, X-Dynamic SE, X and First Edition grades.

The Defender 130 is 13.38 inches longer than the Defender 110. At the back is a new boat tail style uplift that allows it to be especially proficient off-road, providing a departure angle of 28.5 degrees.

Defender's iconic silhouette has been elegantly extended by 13.38 inches at the rear to provide enhanced interior space across all three rows, without compromising its unparalleled all-terrain capabilities.

2023 Land Rover Defender 130
The expanded SUV features more room behind the first-row seats. Jaguar Land Rover

A panoramic sunroof and Navrik Black roof rails are standard. A second sunroof above the third row is also standard.

Rear LED lighting has been modified form the 90 and 110 to the 130, allowing the model to maintain a familiar Defender look. A body-color hard-shell cover for the spare wheel is available.

Land Rover has given the Defender 130 an exclusive Sedona Red exterior paint color option and available Extended Bright Pack – available in addition to the existing Bright Pack – which adds Ceres Silver Satin finish around all lower body cladding and change the front and rear skid plates to Noble Chrome. Buyers can opt for Explorer, Adventure, Country or Urban packages to finish the look of the model.

Buyers have their choice of a P300 turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder gasoline or P400 turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder mild-hybrid engine in their Defender 130. The P300 gets 296 horsepower and 347 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque, and has the ability to move the SUV from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 7.5 seconds. The P400 has more power and is quicker delivering 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, as well as a zero to 60 mph time of 6.3 seconds.

Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The model comes standard with an electronic air suspension and all-wheel drive. Land Rover engineering allows the Defender 130 to ford up to 35.4 inches of water.

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The Defender 130 is very similar inside to other modern Defenders, but it gets the latest Land Rover technology and high-end appointments. At the center of the dashboard is a standard 10.25-inch or available 11.4-inch Pivi Pro infotainment touch screen. Cabin Air Purification Plus, which eliminates odors and viruses, is available.

The model has a 8,200-pound towing capacity, about as much as a Dodge Durango.

Land Rover says that the Defender 130 can seat up to eight adults across its three rows of seating, putting its capacity on-par with the ability of the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Suburban, and Ford Expedition.

The second- and third-row seats feature a 40-20-40 split. With the rear seats erect, there's 13.7 cubic feet of storage space behind them - less than a Nissan Armada and more than a BMW X7. With two rows folded flat, the amount of storage space jumps to 80.9 cubic feet, which is generous compared to what you get with a Cadillac XT6. With just the back seat stowed, there's 43.5 cubic feet of room for luggage.

There are four LATCH connections.

Land Rover designers have upped the sophistication level in this Defender compared to others in the Defender family, giving it Noble Chome detailing around the air vents, Ceres Silver speaker elements, and Atlas armrest hinges.

Navigation services are provided by What3words, a British technology company that has divided the globe into a grid of 57 trillion 3 meter by 3 meter squares, each with a unique word.

Buyers who opt for the Defender 130 First Edition will get their choice of three color combinations. It is available with a Fuji White exterior, the Extended Bright Pack, a Light Oyster Full Windsor leather interior and natural light oak veneer. A Sedona Red option gets a Ebony Windsor leather interior and smoked oak veneer. The final choice is a Carpathian Gray outside with Vintage Tan Full Windsor leather interior and rough-cut wallet veneer.

First Edition models also get heated second- and third-row seating, quad-zone climate control, a Meridian sound system, the Driver Assist package and privacy glass. It runs on standard 20-inch allow wheels and comes with the P400 six-cylinder powertrain.

Pricing for the Defender 130 has yet to be released. Buyers should expect it to be more than the Defender 110, which starts at $53,400 and tops out around $70,000.