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Why the 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 is the best off-road SUV today

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land rover has always been dedicated to building SUVs and off-road vehicles that can handle virtually any terrain. They have not had a history of great reliability in the past. Moreover, most of them today are largely driven by those who need their immense four-wheel drive machines to navigate the extremely slick tarmac streets of the city to transport their families and to handle their huge cargo and freight that they buy from the supermarkets. transport.

However, every now and then one of them falls into the hands of those who do not enjoy the adventures of the concrete jungle and try to go off the beaten track. While most Land Rover SUVs are immensely capable of taking on anything that comes their way, it is the new 2023 Defender that stands out the most in this scenario.

The iconic Land Rover SUV has been modernized for today’s time. The iconic boxy silhouette and Safari windows in the back seats are some of the things carried over from the original vehicle. The latest generation of Land Rover Defender debuted worldwide in September 2019 and marked a major design revolution, setting it apart from the rest of the line-up.

The latest generation Land Rover Defender is doing well with the three-door ’90’ model, followed by the five-door ‘110’. And now the full size ‘130’ takes it to another level. The new 130 model offers an 8-seat off-roader that can tackle any terrain without breaking a sweat.

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2023 Land Rover Defender 130: big, bold and beautiful

It wouldn’t have been an easy task to recreate this design for the modern age, as the Defender had to look modern and retro at the same time. In 2019 the vehicle came in two different body styles called 90 and 110. The Defender 90 was a three-door vehicle and had a short wheelbase. The 110, on the other hand, had a longer wheelbase and a five-door design that could seat five adults, but optionally had two extra seats that were barely usable.

The 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 is based on the Defender 110, but the rear overhang has been extended to three additional third-row seats to accommodate eight passengers. Thanks to the extended overhand rear, the SUV is now up to 210.9 inches long. The rest of the vehicle remains unchanged in styling compared to the 90 and 110 versions.

At the front, the vehicle has the iconic round headlights and a very high hood line. It comes standard with 20-inch alloy wheels on the side and is finished in shiny silver. The extended wheelbase also results in a change in the departure angle, as it is now 28.5 degrees. The Defender 130 continues to get the same rear light design, which consists of four LEDs on either side of the rear.

Land Rover Defender 130’s comfortable and spacious interior

The highlight of the Land Rover Defender 130 from 2023 is the spacious third row of seats it gets. The vehicle will have a 2+3+3 seating configuration and the occupants in the third row will also have access to fantastic comfort. The last row gets heated seats, padded armrests and USB-C facilities to charge devices on the go.

On the other hand, the first two rows will have a panoramic sunroof, while the last row will have a fixed glass roof with safari windows on either side. All three rows are equipped with AC vents, and the 130 also comes with optional four-zone climate control.

Speaking of the infotainment system, the carmaker offers a 10-inch screen as standard, while an 11.4-inch central touchscreen infotainment system is available as an option, using the latest generation of PiVi Pro software. The screen comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a sound system with six speakers. Buyers can upgrade to the optional Meridian sound system with ten or fourteen speakers. There’s also the addition of a heads-up display and digital meter cluster.

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Plenty of bike options for off-road riding

The Defender will get plenty of engine options, but the signature V8 engine offered on the 110 and 90 will not make way for the 130. The base engine, P300, will be the 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo engine and a mild hybrid assist, which produces 300 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. This capable SUV can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds with this engine configuration.

Above this trim sits the P400 which uses a similar configuration, but the power figure has been bumped up to 400 horsepower. Diesel engines are also offered, all using the 8-speed ZF transmission, and four-wheel drive is offered as standard across the range. The engine is mated to the Land Rover Defender’s fantastic all terrain response system, ensuring optimum traction in all driving conditions. In addition, the SUV comes standard with air suspension that helps to further raise the ride height to improve ground clearance and off-road capability.


The vehicle’s monocoque architecture offers impressive stability, and the 2.9m fording depth in the water is also commendable. All in all, the 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 is an icon reimagined for the modern age. The vehicle has a great presence on the road and the added functionality of the third row now makes it an attractive choice for buyers looking for a full-size SUV.

Source: Land Rover