Three-Row Defender to Officially Appear on May 31

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
three row defender to officially appear on may 31

If you prefer to share your Land Rover with 7 of yer mates while on the way to a fox hunt, the British brand will soon have just the rig for you. Set to be called the Defender 130, it’ll stretch the existing SUV by more than a few inches to make room for extra passengers.

Seeking to take as much of the off-road SUV pie as possible, Land Rover is covering all the bases with its boxy Defender. Current models include the 90 and 110, showing up as two- and four-door models respectively. The 130 will also be a four-door but will gain a healthy amount of length in order to wedge a third row of seats into the cargo area while leaving room for tea and crumpets. Land Rover has been touting this thing as an 8-seater, telling us will be a pair of three-passenger rows in addition to a brace of riders up front.

We’ll note the two-door 90 variant can be had with a bench seat in the fore quarters, an option not generally found outside of pickup trucks let alone on a premium SUV from a luxury brand, plunking a jump seat in between the driver and front passenger. Personal experience has shown this writer that whoever occupies that jump seat will forever bash their knees into the Defender’s HVAC panel, but such is the price of nostalgia.

While the tony Range Rover Sport has always been a big seller for Land Rover here on this side of the pond, it eclipsed the Defender by only about 2,200 units in calendar year 2021. This underscores the popularity of the squared-off SUV and its rugged image (one’s actual amount of off-roading will vary wildly, as we all know). Our pick of the lot is the tasty V8 model which cranks out 518 supercharged horsepower.

The new 8-seat Defender will bow in a couple weeks’ time on the last day of May month, with dealer ordering books opening at the same time. Meanwhile, here’s a cool image of an OG Range Rover from model year 1970 (in Lincoln Green, natch). Have any of you lot in the B&B ever had one as part of your wonderfully strange fleets?

[Images: Land Rover]

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  • Tstag Tstag on May 19, 2022

    Waiting lists for Land Rovers are huge, 18 months for a Defender. I really want one! Would I be prepared to wait that long…. Doh yes…. But that doesn’t make this right dudes

  • Zipper69 Zipper69 on May 20, 2022

    I owned a 1973 series 1 which I sold on and three years later saw it with a transplanted diesel engine - it as being used to tow large trailers. The original RR was what purists consider the only REAL one: two doors, four speeds, eight cylinders.

  • Leonard Ostrander Pet peeve: Drivers who swerve to the left to make a right turn and vice versa. They take up as much space as possible for as long as possible as though they're driving trailer trucks or school busses. It's a Kia people, not a Kenworth! Oh, and use your turn signals if you ever figure out where you're going.
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  • Alan In Australia only hairdressers would buy this Monaro as its known as. Real men had 4 door sedans and well hung men drive 4x4 dual cab utes with bullbars and towbars. I personally think this is butt ugly. Later iterations of the Commodore were far better looking.
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