Land Rover’s Defender has long been a go-to option for off-roading enthusiasts in the UK, and now the brand has returned with a modern take on the classic Defender, blending vintage styling with modern features. The latest generation offers plenty of comfort and practicality, with a host of off-roading equipment and advanced tech features.
The 2023 Land Rover Defender is available in both two- and four-door body styles. The SUV’s style is rugged and purposeful, with a “safari-chic” interior design. The model features a signature style that pays tribute to the Defenders of the past while also featuring modern touches. The Defender 130 variant, with an extended body to accommodate a third row of seats, is new to the lineup for 2023.
Engine & Performance
The Defender comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle also features four-wheel drive and locking differentials, making it ideal for navigating tough terrain. The Defender is also available with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine and a 48-volt hybrid system. The V-8 engine is the most powerful option, capable of reaching 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Yes, you read that correctly, this house on wheels can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
The Defender’s cabin offers a blend of premium and utilitarian features, with design cues from the rest of the Land Rover lineup. Exposed rivets in the door panels give the interior a rugged appearance, and the dashboard is also structural, with a magnesium beam running the full width.
The infotainment display is mounted on the dashboard, while a trapezoidal extension provides a place for climate control and driving mode switches. Cargo space is limited in the 90 and 110 models, but the rear seats can be folded for more storage space.
The Defender’s fuel economy varies depending on the engine, with the four-cylinder engine providing the most efficient option. Land Rover offers several accessory packages, and there are plenty of personalization options available for those who want to make the Defender their own.
The 2023 Land Rover Defender offers an expert blend of modern features and vintage styling, bringing the Defender’s rich heritage into the 21st century. The Defender’s off-roading capabilities and superior on-road driving behavior make it a top choice for anyone looking for a rugged and reliable SUV. With plenty of personalization options and the addition of the Defender 130 variant, the Defender is sure to be a popular choice for off-road enthusiasts and everyday drivers alike.