Land Rover has brought back the decades-old 130 nameplate, giving the Defender an even bigger evolution with seating for eight passengers. Due to launch in 2023, the three-row Defender 130 stands out by a significant margin as the largest member of the Land Rover family.

In the old Defender-speak, the 130 badge indicated a four-door pickup. In the new Defender-speak, it’s an 8-seat SUV measuring 211 inches long, 79 inches wide, with folding mirrors and 77.6 inches tall. It has a 119-inch wheelbase. For context, the Defender 110 is the same width, height and wheelbase as the 130, but measures 197.6 inches in length (including the rear-mounted spare).

Land Rover added over 13 inches of sheet metal to the Defender’s rear overhang, so it’s relatively easy to tell the 110 from the 130. The bottom of the rear overhang is significantly upturned to achieve a 28.5-degree departure angle (compared to the 110’s 40-degree departure angle). Look closely and you’ll notice some other more subtle design changes that set these two models apart: the taillight bezels have been redesigned, a hard cover for the spare tire is available, and Sedona Red (shown in our gallery) joins the accent Swatches. Buyers can also opt for an optional exterior package called the Extended Bright Pack, which bundles a selection of Ceres Silver Satin exterior trim.

Inside, Land Rover claims the Defender 130’s third-row seats are large enough to comfortably seat three adults. The rest of the cabin is standard Defender fare, with a few exceptions: The 130 comes with four-zone climate control, has Noble Chrome and Ceres Silver trim, and offers natural light oak trim inspired by driftwood. Land Rover’s 10.25-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen is standard, although higher-end trim levels come with an 11.4-inch unit and also include what3words compatibility.

Space is the 130’s main selling point. Fold the second and third row seats and you have 80.9 cubic feet of space to fill. With the second-row seats up, that number drops to 45.3 cubes (compared to 34 for 110). Keep all three rows at 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space.

While the 90 and 110 had a V8 engine, the 130 was a six-cylinder only – at least for now. The entry-level engine is a 3.0-liter inline-six turbo that makes 296 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Alternatively, these six rated at 395 horses and 406 lb-ft of twist are available. Both use a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, and both spin all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 130 hits 60 mph from a stop in 6.3 seconds in its fastest configuration, and all things considered, it’s capable of towing and towing 1,760 and 8,200 pounds, respectively.

Land Rover equips every Defender 130 with an electronic air suspension system that allows the driver to adjust or lower the ride height as needed. This SUV is capable of taking you and seven friends into 35.4 inches of water with its suspension pumping all the way up.

The 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 is available nationwide now, starting at $68,000. Buyers will initially have five trim levels to choose from: S, SE, X-Dynamic SE, X and First Edition. Only available for a short time, the latter is available in three trim-specific color schemes and comes with a long list of standard features, including heated second- and third-row seats and a Meridian sound system.

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