The comeback of Land Rover’s iconic Defender is a big deal without any doubt. The capable off-road SUV has been spotted testing countless times so far, so we were pretty sure that we know pretty much everything regarding the upcoming model. Well, we have to admit that we were wrong. According to the newest reports, the 2020 Land Rover Defender will offer seating arrangement for eight passengers.
Yes, the SUV which came for the first time about three decades ago is looking forward to getting a long-wheelbase variant. This so-called 2020 Defender 130 is going to be a really big Defender. According to leaked documentation posted by Disco4 Forums, the 130 model will be 200.7 inches long, while its wheelbase stays limited to 119 inches, which is equal to the Defender 110 model. Meaning, the extra inches of the Defender 130 will create larger cargo and some extra space for the third row of seating, as well as longer rear overhangs.
The option below the 130 model will be the 2020 Land Rover Defender 110. This one will stretch up to 187.3 inches in length, 78.7 inches in width, and 75.4 inches in height. Like we said, its wheelbase will mirror the 130 model.
The British car manufacturer will make a short-wheelbase variant of the SUV as well. The three-door model will be named the 2020 Defender 90 and it’s going to be limited to three doors only. This one will be 171 inches long, while its wheelbase should be measuring 101.8 inches.
The carmaker prepares some quite interesting seating arrangements for the 2020 Defender. The 90 model will reportedly offer 5- and 6-seat configuration. Meaning, there will be room for three passengers in the back without any doubt, while in front, the SUV can be optioned for three seats as well.
As for the mid-ranged Defender 110, the off-road champ will offer 5-, 6-, and 7-seat options. On the other hand, the biggest Defender will be strictly limited to 8 seating positions.
The aforementioned document reveals engine options of the next-generation Defender too. The impressive SUV will get a trio of diesel engines and as many gasoline mills.
The oil-burner model will get D200, D240, and D300 options. Meaning, there will be a pair of four-cylinder options and a beefier 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel with 480 pound-feet of torque.
Regarding the gasoline options, the journey starts with the P300 option, and it continues with P400 and P400e plug-in hybrid variants. While the P300 offers just turbo-four power, the P400 comes paired with 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6. As for the P400e, this one is going to exploit a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with an electric motor for a total output of 400 hp and as much lb-ft.
While previous Defender models were produced in Solihull, United Kingdom, the next-gen Defender will be built in Land Rover’s plant in Slovakia. The 90 and 110 models will make debut this fall, while the Defender 130 should wait for the next year’s spring or summer.