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2023 Land Rover Defender 130 adds functional third row, new technology

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We love Land Rover for its go-anywhere sensibility, and this rugged family of vehicles gets a little bigger (literally) with the introduction of the 2023 Defender 130.

We’ve previously driven the Defender 110, and loved the kitschy design and surprisingly comfortable ride. But the third row? Well, that was a skosh tight. So, now we have the 2023 Defender 130, which adds more than a foot in length and more usable interior space.

The third row

In the 110 models, the third row will fit two kids or small adults, but Land Rover says the 2023 Defender 130 will fit up to adults, which means three in the third row. Given the attention paid to the third row, it appears Land Rover actually intends for people to sit there for more than in-a-pinch situations. In addition to a fixed moonroof above the third row, these rear passengers will also benefit from available heated seats, 4-zone climate control, USB-C ports and padded arm rests.

Plus, with the added 13.38 inches to the overall length, you’ll have a 13.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row – which is similar to what you’d find in a small sedan.

Max cargo capacity with second and third rows folded flat is 88.9 cubic feet of cargo volume.

More tech

Infotainment screens in vehicles keep getting larger, and such is the case with the 2023 Defender 130 as it gets a larger 10.25-inch standard screen and an available 11.4-inch screen.

Another new technology addition includes what3words, a global location platform, which will allow for navigation in remote locations.

In addition to the exclusive 4-Zone Climate control, the Defender 130 will also get Cabin Air Purification Plus, which helps reduce or remove allergens, pathogens, viruses and odors.

2023 Defender 130

Land Rover capability

Even though it added some length, the 2023 Defender 130 is still plenty capable as it’s equipped with Land Rover’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system, electronic air suspension and advanced Terrain Response system. This allows for 35.4 inches of water fording and 11.4 inches of ground clearance.

Additional specs of note:

  • Approach angle 37.5 degrees
  • Departure angle: 28.5 degrees
  • Breakover angle: 27.8 degrees
  • Max towing: 8,200 pounds
  • Max payload: 1,760 pounds

Trims and whatnot

The 2023 Defender 130 will have four primary trims – S, SE, X-Dynamic SE and X – in addition to a First Edition. There are two powertrains, and both are mild hybrids with an inline 6-cylinder turbocharged engine. The P300 will deliver 296 horsepower and the P400 will deliver 395 horsepower.

Base price for the Defender 130 will be $69,350, with destination, and that includes the P300 powertrain. In fact, only the base S trim will be available with the less powerful engine – each other trim is only available with the P400.

If you want to go for the top-tier X, you’re looking at a minimum of $101,250. Gulp.

The Defender 130 is now available to configure and order on the consumer site with no word on the exact date the three-row SUV will show up in dealers.

The bottom line on the 2023 Defender 130

While the 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 is a pricey proposition, we like the purposeful additions that will make this both capable and practical.

We really enjoyed the Land Rover Defender 110, and with more to love on the 130, we anticipate we’ll like this one as well – especially with the available heated seats in the third row.


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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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