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Land Rover reveals new eight-seater Defender 130 with prices starting at more than £70,000

  • Land Rover Defender 130 revealed with extra long eight-seat body
  • Model inspired by car of same name in the original Defender family
  • Prices range from £73,895 to more than £100,000

Time 9:06 am, June 1, 2022

Land Rover has revealed a new, elongated, eight-seat version of its Defender with prices starting at more than £70,000.

The latest addition, called the Defender 130, takes its name from a similar model found in the original Defender family, which inspired the new car.

It can seat up to eight people in its enormous cabin, with passengers arranged in a 2+3+3 arrangement.

Land Rover says the elongated body allows three adults to sit in the rearmost seats comfortably – although images suggest that a certain amount of squeezing could be required of broader passengers.

Regardless, those in the rear should generally have good headroom and legroom, as well as heated seats, padded armrests, large windows and USB-C slots.

The Defender 130 also offers van-like practicality. While the boot capacity is just 389 litres with all three rows in place, there’s up to 2,516 litres of cargo space with the middle and rear seats folded.

Up front there’s an 11.4-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system that also controls all of the off-roading technology through a clear display.

Both petrol and diesel engines are available, all being 3.0-litre six-cylinder units coming with mild-hybrid technology. The two petrol versions make 296bhp and 394bhp, while the diesels are 247bhp and 296bhp.

It is unclear as yet whether the plug-in hybrid and V8 powertrains found elsewhere in the Defender range will be made available in the 130.

All 130 models also get all-wheel-drive as standard, with Land Rover keen to ensure it keeps the Defender’s off-road credentials intact. There’s also air suspension, adaptive dynamics and the firm’s Terrain Response technology.

Prices start at £73,895 for a petrol model with the top-spec diesel rising to £98,400. Opting for the limited-run, high-specification First Edition model takes the price beyond £100,000.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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