8-Seater 2023 Land Rover Defender 130: The Big Defender Is Back

Three’s a trend, and so are three-row SUVs. We’ve already seen the extra-long body of the upcoming all-new Land Rover Defender 130 courtesy of the U.S. Patent Office, but now it’s confirmed. It’s not a longer wheelbase—this will ride on the same wheelbase as the current Defender 110—but with an extra-long body on top that now accommodates a three-row, eight-seat configuration with a ton of standard equipment.

Land Rover looks set to take on three-row rivals such as the BMW X7, Volvo XC90, and Audi Q7 with this all-new Defender 130. It also faces some competition in-house, with the Land Rover Discovery and the new long-wheelbase Range Rover also available with three-row seating, and a cramped third row option available on the Defender 110. Land Rover says the new 130 body grows 13.38 inches to get a 2-3-3 seating arrangement for a “practical” new bodystyle joining the existing fleet of two-door 90 and four-door 110 Defender models.

Interestingly, the 130 will not launch with the V8 option. Instead, it will be available with either of Land Rover’s mild-hybrid I-6 all-wheel drive powertrains paired with an 8-speed ZF transmission. The P300 is good for 296 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque and a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.5 seconds, and the P400 model gets 395hp and 406 lb-ft with a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.3 seconds. The off-roading approach angle is the same as the 110 model, but thanks to that longer rear end, the departure angle is now limited to 28.5 degrees.

The Sedona Red exterior paint finish pictured is an all-new exclusive color for the 130, with standard Narvik Black roof rails and optional Extended Bright Pack adorning the exterior with Silver-painted lower finishes and bright silver 20-inch wheels. Inside, the new third row of seating gets standard heating, USB-C ports and there’s optional four-zone climate control exclusive to the 130, all of which should offer a marked improvement over the available third-row option that can cram into the back of the shorter Defender 110.

There’s 13.7 cubic feet of cargo volume with all the seats up, with just over 80 cubic feet with everything folded flat, and the 130 can also tow up to 8,200 lbs. Standard equipment also includes Land Rover’s Cabin Air Purification Plus system, Terrain Response, and electronic air suspension. The new 130 can be configured as an S, SE, X-Dynamic SE, and X specification, in addition to an available First Edition this year. The First Edition comes in three different unique options of its own: a Fuji White exterior with the Extended Bright Pack, and Light Oyster interior leather with an Oak veneer; Carpathian Grey paint with tan leather and walnut veneer; or the new Sedona Red paintwork with ebony leather seats and smokey oak veneer trim.

The S will start at $69,350 including destination fees. The current Defender consistently ranks among our favorite off-road SUVs, even against the new Ford Bronco and classic Jeep Wrangler, and was our 2021 MotorTrend SUV of the Year. Adding more practicality and seating capacity, paired with the standard goods and available full suite of off-road tech carried over from the 90 and 110, only adds more value.

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