Land Rover To Introduce A Three-Row Defender Before The End Of 2022

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K. Rawat 

Automotive Journalist

May 12, 2021  at 9:43 AM

The SUV will have the same wheelbase as the two-door models but will have increased length to accommodate for the three-rows of seats. The three-row Defender will be initially targeted towards North America, China and the Middle East.

Last week, Land Rover introduced the Land Rover Defender with the iconic Supercharged 5.0L V8 as an upgrade. The base variant starts at $97,200 for the base and the Carpathian Edition will set you back at a whopping price of $107,200. Today, executives also approved another trim to the Defender lineup, much more impressive and better fitted to the American audience.

LR will install three-rows in the Defender and will be referring to it as the Defender 130''. It will join the standard Defender 110(four-door) and Defender 90(two-door) until the end 2022. Even though 110 is already introduced with a third-row option, it's very confined for passengers and seems almost useless.

Defender 130 will keep the identical wheelbase as the Defender 110, which is 119.0 inches in total. However, overall length is to expand by some 14 inches, which makes the expanse to 201 inches. Also, the Land Rover Defender 130 is expected to be offered in both seven and eight-seater versions.

Currently, the Defender offers two engine options,standard is 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 (P300), good for 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and an optional 3.0L twin charged mild-hybrid inline-6 (P400) which takes the power figures to 396 hp and 406 lb-ft of the torque.

There are seven trims available, starting from base, S, X-Dynamic S, SE, X-Dynamic SE, X-Dynamic HSE, and X and beginning from $46,100 and range up to $80,500 for the top of the line X trim.

Release Date

The brand new SUV is expected to hit dealers in 18 months, thus expecting that the Defender 130 will arrive by summer next year as a 2023 model year. American individuals, especially those buying in the luxury vehicle market, choose a three-row SUV versatility; it's one of the most successful and lucrative segments.