June 01, 2022 By Gerard Jude Castillo

Land Rover gives its Defender 8 seats with the new Defender 130

The Land Rover Defender has always been regarded as a small, capable vehicle that can take one pretty much anywhere if there are no roads. Now, however, the British off-road vehicle maker is positioning its most capable off-roader as a more family friendly rig. Hence the debut of the new Land Rover Defender 130.

All one needs is a quick glance to see that this is the largest and longest Defender to date. The extended rear section gives it room for up to 8 seats with a 2+3+3 seating configuration. The fold-and-slide second row seats make access to the last row, where even full size adults will be comfortable, says Land Rover.

All rows will have their own ventilation, along with an optional four-zone climate control system. And everyone will benefit from the new Cabin Air Purification System that cleans out even the smallest and harshest impurities. And yes, infotainment and connectivity are powered by  a 10.25 inch screen complemented by an 11.4-inch instrument display.

Buyers can choose from a host of engines, including a 3.0-liter mild hybrid turbocharged six cylinder with 296bhp and 347lb-ft of torque, or a more potent six-pot with 395bhp and 405lb-ft of torque. Whichever engine one chooses, it will be paired with an 8-speed ZF transmission, Land Rover’s all-wheel drive system with Terrain Response system, and air suspension. The last bit lowers the ride height for easier cargo loading.

Speaking of cargo, the new Defender 130 can tow up to 3,720kg and has a maximum payload of 798kg. This means you can now take all your gear and your family with you to the great outdoors. 

The new Land Rover Defender is now available to order in certain markets. 

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