After years of leaksrumors, spy shots and speculation, Land Rover has released the first photo of the Defender 130, announcing its debut on May 31st. The longer version of the Defender body will be located above 90 and 110, offering extra space for eight passengers.
The teaser photo shows 4 × 4 in its natural habitat, on sand dunes. While the sand hides most of the profile, we can clearly see the extra length of the roof and rear side glass. As predicted, the Defender 130 shares most of its body panels with the rest of the Defender line, although it will have a stretched wheelbase and a longer rear overhang, as shown in earlier spy photos and leaked patent pictures.
The car in the photo is white paint combined with silver accents and five-spoke alloy wheels. The SUV is expected to have a length of 5,100 mm (200.8 inches), which is 342 mm (13.5 inches) longer than the five-door. Defender 110 and an impressive 777 mm (30.6 inches) longer than the three-door Defender 90.
Land Rover was restrained in the details, but confirmed that the Defender 130 will have eight seats arranged 2-3-3. We assume that the extra length will increase the legroom for the second and third rows as well as increase the cargo space. The line of engines will probably be shared with the rest of the line of Defender, including the more powerful Defender V8 supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 hp (386 kW / 525 hp) and 846 Nm (625 lb-ft) of torque
The order books for Defender 130 will open according to the disclosure on Tuesday, May 31st. It’s earlier than August 2022 The release date was announced last year by Land Rover CFO Adrian Mardel, although the latter may also be among the first deliveries of the new model.