More-seats for Defender 130
Three-row Defender expected within 18 months
Another new Land Rover Defender is on the way, the automaker has confirmed. This time a longer version will add a third row of seats, and this time those extra chairs will likely face forward rather than renewing the sideways jump seats of old.
The Land Rover Defender 130 was confirmed by company CFO Adrian Mardell, Automotive News Europe reports. This coming two years after plans to include the longer model were leaked but the automaker wouldn’t confirm them. “The Defender 130 will hit a sweet spot in North America, China and also the Middle East, which we’re not yet touching,” Mardell said on a Feb. 26 call with investors.
According to the report, the Defender 130 won’t have a longer wheelbase as the 130 badge implies, but will instead add length at the rear. Making it 5,100 mm long over the 4,758 mm of the four-door Defender 110. The model numbers are a callback to the original Land Rover and Defender models, where it referred to the wheelbase in inches.
Most recently, Land Rover announced that a supercharged V8 would be coming to the current Defender 90 and Defender 110, slashing acceleration times and increasing performance.
Company design boss Gerry McGovern said that the automaker has still more in store for the Defender down the road. “When we launched Defender, we talked about a family of Defenders: coupe, five-door [and now] 130,” he said. “We are looking at what we can do with that brand because with relatively small investment we can increase its appeal. I’m absolutely convinced Defender will become a power brand in itself.”
ANE reports that the Defender 130 should go on sale in the next 12-18 months, and will join new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.