Those who want an all-new Land Rover Defender with three rows of seats can now rejoice. After making its global debut earlier this year, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Philippines has officially revealed the 2023 Defender 130.
From its namesake, the Defender 130 now serves as the biggest and longest variant of the SUV. More importantly, it gets third-row seats that Land Rover claims can accommodate three adults.
Unlike the Defender 110, the new 130 is significantly longer by 340mm. Not only did this allow Land Rover to give the SUV more cabin space, but they were able to stretch its overall length to 5,378mm - making it closer in size to the likes of the BMW X7 and Audi Q7. The increased length, however, meant that the rear overhang of the Defender 130 is longer.
The good news is, the Defender 130 has additional cargo space. According to Land Rover, having both the second and third-row seats folded down gives the three-row SUV a massive 2,291 liters of luggage space. On the other hand, having both rows of seats up will give the SUV only 398 liters of usable cargo space.
When it comes to exterior equipment, the Defender 130 is available with the following: LED headlights with signature daytime running lights (DRLs), a panoramic sliding roof, 22-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, and a body-colored spare wheel carrier that houses a full-size 22-inch spare tire.
Like the 90 and 110 Series, the Defender 130 comes with a similar interior design. But as mentioned earlier, it now comes with three rows of seats. It gets 40:20:40 split-folding seats at the very back and 60:40 split-folding second-row seats with manual slide. Also worth mentioning is that all rows of seats come with their own ventilation system. And speaking of ventilation, the Defender 130 gets three-zone climate control with rear cooling assist and cabin air purification plus.
Entertainment inside the Defender 130 comes in the form of an 11.4-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with satellite navigation, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity for up to 2 devices at once. Both the driver and front passenger will be happy to know that the front seats benefit from 14-way heated and cooled electric memory seats with 4-way manual headrests.
Other interior amenities present inside the 2023 Defender 130 include Resist/Robustec seats (an animal-free alternative to leather made from recyclable materials), a Meridian sound system, wireless phone charging, optional full-leather interior, rear charging ports, a fully digital instrument panel, and a 3D Surround camera system with ClearSight Ground for improved outside visibility.
For now, the Defender 130 is only available with one engine option. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-diesel dubbed the D300. It’s mated to a 48V belt-integrated starter generator (BSG) which allows the powertrain to produce a total system output of 300 PS at 4000 rpm and a generous 650 Nm of torque between 1500 to 2500 rpm.
Power goes to the road via an 8-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive system. Giving the 130 better capability off-road comes courtesy of the Terrain Response System, a Wade Sensing system, and an air suspension that helps the vehicle increase or decreases the ride height. Speaking of water-wading capability, Land Rover claims the Defender 130 is rated to traverse waters as high as 900mm.
Providing drivers and occupants an additional blanket of safety come in the form of intelligent driver aids. The Defender 130 gets smart safety features like blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, 360-degree parking aid, rear collision monitor, and a rear traffic monitor for extra peace of mind.
Pricing for the 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 starts at PHP 11.890 million.