JLR's biggest Defender will have increased usability and a price bump to better compete with the Mercedes-Benz G-Class
22 October 2019

Land Rover isn't resting on its laurels following the new Defender’s unveiling, with the three-door 90 and five-door 110 models set to be joined by a larger, eight-seat 130 variant in the coming years.

First reported by Autocar earlier this year after a brand presentation was leaked, the 130 is destined to be revealed in the second half of next year before its launch in 2021.

Despite the model’s badge, it will share its wheelbase length of just over three metres with the 110, meaning no costly platform extension is required. Instead, Land Rover is set to boost the car’s rear overhang to allow it to offer up to eight seats. It will be around 5.1 metres in length, making it 342mm longer than the 110 version and around 50mm shorter than the BMW X7.

Land Rover has still to officially confirm the 130’s existence, but it is described internally as the ‘premium explorer’ of the range and is aimed at large, active families who like to travel.

The 130 will increase the upper Defender’s price point, fitting in with Land Rover’s desire to establish the 4x4 in the high-end, high-margin off-roader segment alongside models such as the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It could also help the car’s popularity in China and the US, where large SUVs are far more popular than in Europe.

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Ultra-high-spec models are being worked on by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations department, likely with inspiration from the division’s various high-end Range Rover spin-offs. This would allow Land Rover to capitalise on the global popularity of high-power, high-price 4x4s, bolstered by the latest Mercedes-AMG G63.

While other Defender variants will appear, it is now understood that the rumoured pick-up model has been axed from the product plan.

It is thought that company bosses have been unable to make the development costs of the pick-up viable, and they consider that the standard 110 and upcoming 130 offer enough loadspace versatility with no need to remove the roof and expose the bay to the elements.

Land Rover produced a pick-up model throughout the old Defender’s life, all the way back to the original Series 1.

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22 October 2019

.....but boy are LR going to have to 'up their game' to compete with the G-Wagen.

22 October 2019
I'm a sucker for articles about JLR, but FFS this has to be the worst clickbait b*ll*cks. Please try harder Autocar.

Do you think anybody, ANYBODY, is impressed, not just irritated, by such trite cr*p as "first reported by Autocar earlier this year"?

22 October 2019
Dogpoo wrote:

I'm a sucker for articles about JLR, but FFS this has to be the worst clickbait b*ll*cks. Please try harder Autocar. Do you think anybody, ANYBODY, is impressed, not just irritated, by such trite cr*p as "first reported by Autocar earlier this year"?

 

The real news is at the end of the story, not the headline.

You wonder if the pick up was ever a serious part of the plan. This is truly the new Discovery... appealing in itself but not a proper Landie as we know them.

22 October 2019
Dogpoo wrote:

I'm a sucker for articles about JLR, but FFS this has to be the worst clickbait b*ll*cks. Please try harder Autocar. Do you think anybody, ANYBODY, is impressed, not just irritated, by such trite cr*p as "first reported by Autocar earlier this year"?

 

Well we are most certainly impressed with the alacrity that YOU fell for this clickbait, went on to read all of it and were lured into posting the comment, reviling the very situation you were suckered into, thus showing YOURSELF up, for the chump that you are.

22 October 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

Dogpoo wrote:

I'm a sucker for articles about JLR, but FFS this has to be the worst clickbait b*ll*cks. Please try harder Autocar. Do you think anybody, ANYBODY, is impressed, not just irritated, by such trite cr*p as "first reported by Autocar earlier this year"?

 

Well we are most certainly impressed with the alacrity that YOU fell for this clickbait, went on to read all of it and were lured into posting the comment, reviling the very situation you were suckered into, thus showing YOURSELF up, for the chump that you are.

And you took the time to reply to the chumps post... I'm convinced this tool is FMS

22 October 2019
Dogpoo wrote:

I'm a sucker for articles about JLR, but FFS this has to be the worst clickbait b*ll*cks. Please try harder Autocar. Do you think anybody, ANYBODY, is impressed, not just irritated, by such trite cr*p as "first reported by Autocar earlier this year"?

 

Agreed. Today is Tuesday & this is the 4th JLR CLICKBAIT News Article/Opinion Piece/used buying guide of the week.

22 October 2019

Everyone knows that.

The new Defender has not been made.

22 October 2019

Yes good comment Thekrankis

The Range Rover is an f-pace too

And sure, the discovery was an Izuzu trooper in the first place

Please, don't associate yourself with the kind of people who say; Its a range rover, you cant hose down the interior anymore (who actually did that anyway?) 

22 October 2019
JMax18 wrote:

Yes good comment Thekrankis

The Range Rover is an f-pace too

And sure, the discovery was an Izuzu trooper in the first place

Please, don't associate yourself with the kind of people who say; Its a range rover, you cant hose down the interior anymore (who actually did that anyway?) 

Lots of real Defender, Series 1,2 and 3 user owners hosed out the interiors, the ones that didnt are those that mostly bought them for posing in and not using them for the designed purpose, ie a rugged utilitarian off-roader its where the "U" of SUV comes from..  

As the article states the Series 1, 2,3, 90 and 110 Defenders have always been designed as a pick up first, availabe originally a soft top and then later a hard top option was added. 

The reason this new "Defender" took so long to be produced is because JLR realised they had dropped the ball with the latest Discovery which isnt selling, so they redsigned this to take its place.  

The ever increasing number of pick ups on UK roads shows that once again JLR have dropped the ball by abandoning that market completely, if the pick up version has been abandoned, I suspect the military version (one of its biggest, if not the biggest customers) has also been abandoned.  

I suspect INEOS are rubbing their hands together with glee. 

22 October 2019

It's definitely a Defender and your attempt at humour is getting a little tiresome now

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