Land Rover's longer and more luxurious Defender 110 has leaked in patent designs.
With dealer markups pushing up Ford Bronco prices, some off-road enthusiasts might be tempted to buy the new Land Rover Defender instead. Currently, you'll need to choose between the Defender 110 or the shorter two-door Defender 90.
Earlier this year, Land Rover confirmed that a longer, more luxurious three-row version is in the works that could be called the 130. A few months later, patent filings appear to give us a first look at the new Land Rover Defender 130.
The revealing patent images seemingly confirm reports that the 130 will retain the same 119-inch wheelbase as the Defender 110.
The rear doors appear to be the same length, but the body is noticeably longer than the Defender 110. Reports have claimed the Defender 130 will measure 201 inches long. This will make it 13 inches longer than the Defender 110, which measures 197.6 inches long, allowing room for up to eight occupants to sit comfortably.
Passengers in the third row will benefit from more rear legroom. With a longer rear compartment, the Defender 130 should also offer significantly more cargo space than the Defender 110, while engine options should carry over.
These include a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine rated at 296 hp and 295 lb-ft, a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six with mild-hybrid technology rated at 395 hp/406 lb-ft of torque. For 2022, the Defender 110 is also available with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 producing 518 hp and 461 lb-ft.
The Defender 130 is being billed as a "premium explorer" and will "hit a sweet spot in North America, China and also the Middle East" according to comments made by Land Rover Chief Financial Officer Adrian Mardell back in March. It's expected to go on sale before the end of 2022. After the Defender 130 goes on sale, Land Rover could introduce a pickup version of the Defender to the lineup.