Back in the day, the premium SUV term referred to large and luxurious vehicles but today’s automotive industry is different and premium carmakers compete in pretty much every segment. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the market is crowded with subcompact crossovers as well. As one of the world’s major SUV makers, Land Rover is also about to enter this segment. The new model will carry the legendary nameplate and it is expected to debut already in the next year, as the 2023 Land Rover Defender 80.
From what we know so far, the new model won’t have much in common with standard Defender 90 and 110 models. It will share the name but it will be built on a different platform. The company’s goal is to make an off-roader that would be affordable enough to compete with mainstream SUVs, such as Ford Broncoe and Jeep Wrangler.
2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Land Rover Defender 80 probably won’t share many parts with the bigger siblings. Instead, it will ride on the older D8 platform, reports suggest. That architecture is already used for a couple of existing models, such as the Range Rogue Evoque. However, most of the parts will be shared with another model, that doesn’t come with the Land Rover badge.
That model comes from the JLR’s parent company, the Indian carmaker Tata. The model is called Harrier and it is a compact SUV for the domestic market. The two models should share the chassis, AWD system and most of the off-road features. This means that the Defender 80 would come with a classic SUV design, which puts focus on off-roading, but doesn’t sacrifice on-road comfort entirely.
In terms of the exterior design, some things are relatively easy to predict. Considering the number in its moniker, it’s easy to predict that the overall size will be slightly smaller compared to the Defender 90. However, the latest reports (as well as the rendering photos) suggest a four-door design, even though the new model will be slightly smaller than the two-door defender.
The same rendering photos also show a typical design approach. There is a typical SUV shape, while the aesthetics closely mimic Defender’s design language. The front end looks very similar, just like the rear end. Still, we presume that the production version could come with some exclusive details as well.
At this point, the interior still looks like a bit of mystery. The company keeps most details a secret but if we consider that there will be four doors, we may presume that the second row will also be quite spacious and able to accommodate adult passengers. On the other hand, the cargo area probably won’t be all that generous.
When it comes to the dashboard design, we presume that a lot of inspiration will be borrowed from the bigger siblings. However, keep in mind that the company’s goal is to make this SUV more affordable, which means that we will probably see a slightly less impressive design, with slightly less impressive materials and overall quality.
Still, we expect that the new entry-level Defender will be decently equipped, with all kinds of modern features. This would include the company’s latest infotainment system as well, which could come with a 10-inch infotainment screen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while goodies like navigation and Wi-Fi hotspot would probably be offered as options.
2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, there are a lot of options on the table. One of the options that seem like a certain thing is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 246 horsepower. However, that probably won’t be the only powertrain option on offer.
We presume that the base version could come with something smaller and a 1.5-liter three-cylinder seems quite likely. This turbocharged unit puts out around 160 horsepower, but we won’t be surprised if we see it in an electrified setup as well.
In other parts of the world, we wouldn’t be surprised if we see diesel versions as well. Of course, these models would use a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, which is available in different output variants, with 150, 180 and 240 horsepower.
2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Release Date and Price
We presume that the 2023 Land Rover Defender 80 could arrive already in the first half of 2023. The starting price should go around 30.000 dollars.