London Fog: Land Rover Launches Three-Row Defender

london fog land rover launches three row defender

If one simply must always take a septet of their closest mates with them into the countryside, they’ll be thrilled to know Land Rover has finally launched a long-promised three-row variant of the Defender. Called the 130, a number which no longer has much to do with its wheelbase, the veddy British truck features an extended body for greater interior space.

How extended? Try a total of 13.38 inches, a curiously specific number that stretches the model to an even 211.0 inches. This extra length will permit a 2+3+3 seating arrangement in the Defender 130, or up to 80.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows tucked away. For comparison, a Chevy Tahoe measures 210.7 inches long and is two inches wider. Both trucks are within a shout of 76 inches tall, with the Defender besting the Chevy by 1.8 inches in overall height (not that there will likely be a lot of cross-shopping between the two, just to give y’all an American yardstick comparison).

Despite the unwritten knowledge that many of these Defenders, especially family-oriented three-row rigs, will never see action at Dakar, JLR engineers are said to have crafted a subtle boat tail-style uplift on the 130’s rear to preserve its departure angle. This measure checks in at 28.5 degrees, though access to the cargo area is unchanged despite a fiddling of tail light placement to preserve the Defender’s body lines with these alterations. In other words, it seems the company didn’t simply graft on an extra foot of metal and call it a day.

Two different Land Rover powertrains will be available at launch, both with a six-cylinder mild-hybrid setup. The so-called P300 trim packs a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six good for 296 horsepower and 347 lb.-ft of torque – the latter of which peaks at just 1,500 rpm and stays there until well over four grand. Moving up to the P400 retains this engine displacement but the output is bumped to 395 ponies and 406 units of twist. Guess which one we’d prefer. Every Defender 130 is a 4×4 and fitted with an air suspension. That latter piece of kit permits the truck to ford up to 35.4 inches of water when its suspenders are jacked to their highest setting. And if you have a trailer, know the Defender 130 can tow up to 8,200 pounds.

Inside is typically Land Rover sumptuous, where chrome detailing and wood veneers abound. The 130 features a 10.25-inch infotainment screen shared with expensive variants of the 90 and 110, while the tony ‘X’ spec models get an 11.4-inch tablet. Trims range from base ‘S’ to a First Edition which will surely be marked up in hot demand at dealers. Model-exclusive paint colors and trim are also part and parcel of the 130 lifestyle, in case no one noticed all that extra length (make yer jokes in the comments, B&B).

Prices for the new Defender 130 will start at $68,000 in this country and is available to order now.

[Images: Land Rover]

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  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Jun 01, 2022


  • Tstag Tstag on Jun 01, 2022

    I’m warming to the 130 but more excited by the pickup which is said to be coming and will be based on this model, I predict it will be a strong seller stateside

    • Wolfwagen Wolfwagen on Jun 03, 2022

      I prefer the 2 Door V8 Defender 90. If only they could sell it for a fraction of its $107,000 starting price.

  • Pmirp1 Simple. Electrics are not yet prime time. In time, they may become the norm. For now, they are still the new kid on the block. A curosity. A status symbol. They are not the work horse of American life. Everyone knows that. You buy it because it is fast. It makes you feel like, you know, Prius like 10-15 years ago.Electrics have improved. Tesla is without a doubt the standard bearer. Still, long way to go before they can be your ONE vehicle. So companies charge more because these things are coooool. Not real.
  • Rich Benkwitt I’ll take that red and white 2 door and I guess the 4 banger so I can have the manual tranny just like my 1969 Bronco. I have my Wildtrak on order now waiting impatiently!
  • Theflyersfan I was living in one part of the world when China and Russia were completing their 21st century scramble of Africa. They were pumping billions into the economies of these countries building new dams, bridges, skyscrapers, freeways/toll roads, utilities, power plants, you know - projects that would benefit the average resident of said location. All they wanted in exchange were the mineral, mining, fishing, timber, etc., rights of said location. And they got them. So during that era when they were looking at global expansion, we were fighting unwinnable wars and our "leaders" on the left were yelling at the "leaders" on the right and vice versa, and what happens when all you do is stare and focus on one thing like DC is known to do? The world moves on around you. And that's what happened here.We had the same opportunity to build Africa up and to make the same deals as other countries, but our "nation building" tends to take place via the conversion from something solid and standing to something in pieces and in rubble. So it looks like we'll continue to have to deal with hostile nations holding our feet into the fire and working through their many geopolitical issues just so we can continue to get cheap electronics and necessary materials in our manufacturing just because we decided around 40+ years ago to ship it all overseas because we wanted to save 50 cents on a pack of socks and the CEOs needed their next quarterly statement to look even better to the shareholders so they could increase their pay and bonuses, consequences be damned.
  • DweezilSFV I didn't think GM could make a worse looking truck than their full-sizers.Success.
  • DweezilSFV GM. Still trying to make OnStar happen.And still the answer to a question no one ever asked.