Tuesday, August 16

Land Rover Defender 130 revealed with Eight Seats

Land Rover has officially unveiled the new Defender 130 which will sit above the Defender 110 and the Defender 90 globally, with the latter two already on sale in India. The Defender 130 not only seats eight people, but it also packs in equipment such as the electronic air suspension and a larger infotainment touch-screen as standard which are otherwise offered as an option.

The Defender 130 retains the iconic styling of the standard Defender. The obvious change is apparent when viewed from the side, as the Defender 130 measures 5358mm in length, which is 340mm longer than the erstwhile longest vehicle in the lineup, the Defender 110.

However, the wheelbase measures the same as on the Defender 110 at 3022mm. The Defender 130 also retains the 37.5-degree approach angle, but departure angle is now 12 degree lesser at 28.5 degree.

The three rows in the eight-seat car are arranged in a ‘stadium’ format – whereby the middle and rearmost are slightly elevated – to enhance forward visibility. Land Rover says access to the rear seats is “effortless”, courtesy of a sliding and folding middle row, and three adults can travel in comfort in the back with “generous head room”, heated seats, padded armrests, storage cubbies and USB-C ports. There is a second panoramic sunroof at the back of the car, too, so the interior is “light and airy for everyone”, and four-zone air conditioning can be equipped as an option.

Powering the Defender 130 is a set of 3-litre six-cylinder mild-hybrid powertrains in petrol and diesel guise. Starting with the petrol, the P300 produces 295bhp and 470Nm of torque, while the P400 puts out 394bhp and 550Nm of torque. The diesel D250 is good for 246bhp and 600Nm of torque, while the D300 churns out 295bhp and 650Nmn of torque.

On the inside, the Defender 130 receives multiple interior trims such as Light Oyster Windsor Leather upholstery with Natural Light Oak finish, Ebony Windsor Leather with Smoke Oak finish, and tanned leather with walnut veneer. The Defender 130 exclusively gets four-zone climate control as an option, keeping the extra row of seats in mind. Some of the equipment you will find in the Defender 130 includes a larger 11.4-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen, ventilated second and third-row seats, matrix LED headlamps, Meridian sound system, walkaway lock (which locks the car when the key fob is more than 15 metres away), a second sunroof at the rear, and electronic suspension among others.

Expect the Defender 130 to reach Indian shores sooner rather than later.

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