The Land Rover Defender is about to get even bigger.
The Defender 130 will be the most practical take on the latest-generation legendary off-roader yet, with up to eight seats across three rows.
Overnight the automaker revealed the 130 will make its global debut on May 31, presumably British summer time.
Order books for the new car will open the day it’s revealed.
The firm says the new model is “designed for shared exploration and adventures across any terrain”, although it’s likely the 130 will be a little less capable than its 90 and 110 siblings.
That’s because, according to an earlier patent design leak, the Defender 130’s extra interior space comes courtesy of a longer rear overhang, with the 110’s 3022mm wheelbase shared with the 130.
Overall the Defender 130 is said to be 5100mm long excluding the rear wheel carrier, up 342mm from the already large 110.
While the existing Defender 110 is available with a third row of seats, it’s not exactly spacious back there.
If the earlier leaks and today’s teaser photo are anything to go by, the 130 will be identical to the 110 from the C-pillar forward. Indeed, the design of the tailgate and rear lights are thought to be exactly the same too.
With parts commonality the order of the day, the Defender 130 should be available with most, if not all, the drivetrains available in the 90 and 110.
The Defender range is available with a 48V mild hybrid 3.0-litre turbo-diesel straight-six in either 183kW/570Nm D250 trim, or as the 220kW/650Nm D300 in Australia.
Petrol fans can choose between the P300 with its 221kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, the P400 that has a 294kW/550Nm 3.0-litre turbo straight-six mild hybrid, or the P525 and its 368kW/625Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
All models sold locally have an eight-speed automatic transmission, and an all-wheel drive system with low- and high-range.
Thanks to global supply chain issues, we wouldn’t be surprised if Land Rover decided to concentrate early production on more expensive trims fitted with more potent engines.