Production time for 4 × 4 is approaching Land Rover Defender 130, or the familiar version of the famous off-road model. The ‘elongated’ SUV was spotted in Germany with the classic camouflage livery, during some road tests and with very little to hide. It was already known that Land Rover would expand the Defender range in 2022 with the extended wheelbase version.
The news, therefore, is that the works are proceeding at full speed. The latest rumors about the elements of the 130 had indicated the homologation of up to eight seats, a considerable premium compared to the other Defender models (it will be available only in the premium full-optional version) and a more pronounced rear overhang compared to the other models in the family. The total length of the vehicle is expected to be 5.1 meters, 342mm longer than the 110. According to Autocar, the prototype now being tested would be equipped with a new 3-liter straight six-cylinder petrol engine (mild-hybrid); however, the 130 is also expected to receive Land Rover’s full range of diesel and petrol powertrains. It is also expected a pick-up variant to rival Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi L200.
From the design point of view, nothing new is substantially expected, except for the different length at the rear that will make it characteristic as always. The upcoming arrival of the longer Defender is another confirmation of Land Rover’s plans, which had already announced the arrival of the 130 at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2018. Initially its presentation was planned for the summer. of 2020 but the Coronavirus pandemic then decidedly messed up the plans of the British brand.
(cover photo: the ‘classic’ version of the Land Rover Defender 130)