The New Land Rover Defender 130 has a most towing capability of 8,200 lbs, and Andre is about to place it to the take a look at!
Towing 7,300 lbs with the brand new Land Rover Defender 130 might appear to be one thing we might placed on a special channel. I imply, the Land Rover is a luxurious off-roader that does not have a body like different full-size SUVs. Andre feels that, with its measurement and capability, it competes with the large boys. As such, he is evaluating it to truck-based SUVs just like the Chevrolet Tahoe, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Ford Expedition, and others.
Regardless of its measurement and towing capability, the 130 doesn’t include a trailer brake controller, which is a bummer. Andre outfitted it with the Prodigy Tekonsha distant brake controller, which we have used prior to now. Our Alumina trailer is utilizing this setup, which will be transferred to different trailers when vital.
Andre exhibits us his setup and drops a fast pitch for our sponsor Sinclair gasoline. Whereas it’s mighty lengthy, the trailer solely weighs about 2,000 lbs, and our Bronco weighs 5,300 lbs. Altogether, the burden is available in at about 7,300 lbs – properly underneath the Land Rover Defender 130’s most capability.
Whereas the 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 begins at about $70,000 – you may simply exceed the $100,000 mark when you’re not too cautious.
Andre factors out that the 130 is remarkably clean and quiet. The air suspension not solely supplies a bump-free experience, however the trailer mixture additionally does not sway at pace. He feels that its one of the compliant SUVs he is ever tied with.
The 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 comes with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter B400 I6 that is linked to a gentle hybrid system. In complete, it makes 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. That energy is fed by means of an 8-speed automated transmission to a classy four-wheel drive system.
With out towing, Land Rover says this setup will run from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. Loaded (at excessive elevation) with 7,300 lbs, Andre managed a mean of 16 seconds. Contemplating the burden and smoothness of the pace runs, that is admirable.
By the top of the video, Andre exhibits us its MPG and offers us his verdict for the brand new Defender 130. It did properly – very properly.