Jaguar Land Rover expanded its 4×4 family portfolio with the launch of the new 8-seat Defender 130.
The new Defender 130 will join the ranks of 90 and 110 with its practical body design, where Land Rover claim making all-terrain adventures possible for up to eight.
Available with a 2-3-3 split seating arrangement, the new Defender 130 makes room for an additional person’s seating over the 110 model. Combining that with cutting edge tech, Land Rover claims its newest inception to be the “toughest, most capable off road expert”.
Exterior Changes to the Defender 130:
Of all the exterior additions, one that catches an eye the most is the extended body of the Defender 130. Land Rover has stretched the car’s silhouette by 340 mm at the rear to provide for greater interior space across all three rows. The British carmaker says all of this was done without minimizing any of its all-terrain capabilities.
All Defender 130 models will come fitted with a panoramic sunroof as standard, with a second sunroof above the third row. Safe to say, none shall ever feel stuffy in there. Among other standard features, one can now get JLR’s Narvik Black roof rails and Ceres Silver detailing on the bonnet and fenders, while bright silver finished 20inch alloys come as standard as well.
Interior Changes to the Defender 130:
Not much has changed in the interior, apart from some trim options and a handful of seating arrangements changed to accommodate for the larger occupancy.
Customers can now get enhanced colour and material options for the interior in addition to a ‘natural Light Oak engineered wood veneer’ trim option for the interior. Along with that, passenger rows now get a small stadium rise for better visibility out front. Land Rover claims their third row seats to be genuinely usable rather than just for a name.
Uber luxury (yet gimmicky) features include an air filter that comes standard across all Defender 130 trims, with what Land Rover calls “nanoe X technology”.
A 4-zone climate control comes unique to the 130, and will surely be of great use, owing to the humongous size of the car. Among tech stuff, you get a larger 11.4in Pivi pro touchscreen display and integration with the ‘what3words’ navigation system.
Seats folded up, the Defender 130 gets a very respectable 389L of cargo capacity with a 40:20:40 split. The car even has a function to lower down the off-roader for easy loading onto the boot.
Powertrain and Chassis:
Land Rover has put in the Defender 130 a varied assortment of powerplants. Engine options include a mild-hybrid six-cylinder petrol from the ‘Ingenium’ family, delivering a power of 400HP and 550Nm of torque, along with a six-cylinder diesel churning out 225HP and a torque output of 650Nm. For a detailed list of other engine options, you can take a look at this article.
Land Rover’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (iAWD) system with centre and rear locking differentials and 8-speed ZF automatic transmission come as standard in the new Defender 130.
The luxury automaker’s newest offering also gets air suspension with Adaptive Dynamics. The off-roader comes equipped with the JLR’s Terrain Response System, which employs electronic aids based on whatever situation the car gets thrown at. Despite the longer body, the Defender 130 gets a respectable departure angle of 28.5 degrees in off-road mode and a wading depth of 900mm.
Price and Competition:
The Defender 90 starts at INR 80.72Lakhs (ex-showroom) for the base variant and INR 82.25Lakhs (ex-showroom) for the 110. Expect the upcoming Defender 130 to come at a slight premium of a few Lakhs.
Clear rivals to the Defender are non-existent with Jeep Wrangler coming close as a similar class 4×4.