Land Rover’s extra-long, luxurious 4×4 Defender will debut at Goodwood this month.
The Land Rover Defender is once again available in three bodystyles, as the 4×4’s line-up has been crowned with the longer, eight-seat 130 variant.
Land Rover bosses promised right from the start that – despite its more overtly upmarket focus than the utilitarian original – the second-generation Defender would be given a similar flexibility of purpose, courtesy of the same three-pronged model line-up: 90, 110 and 130.
The largest of the three is now official, with 340mm of extra length added behind the rear axle, rather than between the wheels as was the case for its predecessor. As a result, it is identical to the mid-sized 110 ahead of the C-pillar. Measuring 5358mm long overall, it is primed to take on the largest luxury SUVs on sale and is actually slightly longer than the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
It will be on display alongside the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport at Goodwood Festival of Speed next week, as Land Rover showcases its luxurious new range-topping 4×4 models.
The extra length makes for a huge, 2516-litre load space with the two rows of back seats folded. That’s 953 litres more than offered by the 110 in the same configuration.
The three rows in the eight-seat car are arranged in a ‘stadium’ format – whereby the middle and rearmost are slightly elevated – to enhance forward visibility. Land Rover says access to the rear seats is “effortless”, courtesy of a sliding and folding middle row, and three adults can travel in comfort back there with “generous head room”, heated seats, padded armrests, storage cubbies and USB-C ports. There is a second panoramic sunroof at the back of the car, too, so the interior is “light and airy for everyone”, and four-zone air conditioning can be equipped as an option.
Land Rover points out that because it has crafted a “subtle boat-tail uplift” of the lower body behind the rear wheels to make room for the extra space, the 130 has a departure angle of 28.5deg – lower than the 110’s 40deg but still competitive against its luxury off-roading rivals.
As with the range-topping V8 versions of the 90 and 110, the 130 comes as standard with the largest, 11.4-inch curved touchscreen in Land Rover’s portfolio, running the latest generation of the firm’s Pivi Pro software. The 130 can be had with a choice of new interior trim options, including chrome air vents and seat switches, oak veneer and tan leather seats.
Prices start from $124,150 for the entry-level diesel Land Rover Defender in Australia.