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A larger variant of the Land Rover Defender has been confirmed for production – and is on track for Australia showrooms.


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A stretched eight-seat variant of the Land Rover Defender SUV – dubbed the 130 – has been confirmed for production.

The new vehicle is expected to exceed five metres from nose to tail, likely making it Jaguar Land Rover’s largest model.

While an official announcement is yet to be made, Drive understands the Defender 130 will likely be sold in Australia.



Technical details are thin on the ground for now, however the manufacturer says an in-depth reveal is scheduled for 31 May 2022.

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The original Defender 90, 110, and 130 suffixes referenced the length of the variant’s wheelbase in inches.

However, leaked design sketches of the upcoming vehicle suggest a longer boot will be added to the existing 110 layout (above).



It’s likely the existing Ingenium straight-six petrol and diesel engines will be offered, alongside the brand’s flagship 5.0-litre V8.

A camouflaged example of the Land Rover Defender 130 has previously been snapped on public roads in Britain (below).

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The original Land Rover Defender was built between 1983 and 2016, with more than 1 million examples sold worldwide.



The dated chassis-based vehicle was replaced by the current monocoque design in 2019.

The new Defender is currently Land Rover’s most popular model in Australia, with 533 examples reported as sold so far this year.

The short-wheelbase 90 start from $80,540 before on-road costs locally, while the larger 110 begins at $81,890.



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