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The Land Rover Defender now has a slightly larger sibling with eight seats.

It’s been a while to come, but Land Rover has finally spilled the beans on the Defender 130. The body has only been lengthened by 34cm, but that’s enough to fit an extra row of seats – and there’s additional colors and gimmicks as standard to sweeten the deal.

The 2022 Defender 130 can accommodate eight adults, with three seats in the back row – a feat that likely required some clever packaging. The wheelbase is the same as a Defender 110,

Fold down the second and third rows and you get a mighty 2,516 liters of cargo space. That’s significantly more than the 2059-litre cargo space of a Defender 110 Hard Top (which is similar to the volume of a Discovery 4 commercial). Raise all the seats and there remains a trunk of 389 liters.

Unlike past Defenders, Land Rover focuses on passenger comfort. Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, an enlarged 11.4-inch PiviPro infotainment system, and keyless entry with Walkaway automated locking (no prizes for guessing what that does). With Cabin Air Purification Plus, your phone can tell the Defender to purge interior allergens and viruses before you even step inside.

A new dark red metallic paint is available for the 130: Sedona Red, named after a desert town in Arizona. Inside, there’s also a new natural light oak veneer option, supposedly inspired by driftwood, and meant to complement the perforated Light Oyster Windsor leather.

Four powertrains are available: two petrol and two diesel, and they’re all mild-hybrid 3.0-litre six-cylinders. The most efficient D250 diesel delivers 247 hp (250 hp) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm), while the fruitiest P400 can throw the 2.6–ton (empty) Defender 130 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.

The Defender 130 is available to order now and costs from £73,895.

Choose your flavor from 130

Different trim packs are available for the Defender 130: SE, HSE, X-Dynamic, X and First Edition. (The X-Dynamic may be available in SE or HSE form.)

The latter costs from £82,965 and is based on the HSE specification. It comes in three flavors, each “carefully curated by the designers.”

  • Fuji White with Extended Shine Pack with Full Oyster Light Windsor leather interior and natural light oak veneer

  • Sedona Red with Ebony full Windsor leather seats and Smoked Oak veneer

  • Carpathian Gray with Vintage Tan Full Windsor Leather and Raw Walnut Veneer

The V8 and V8 Carpathian Edition are still reserved only for the Defender 110.

The top of the Defender 130 range is the P400 130 X, priced at £100,645.


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