The fresh new 2023 Land Rover Defender 80 should be available to purchase sometime next year. This junior SUV looks smaller and is more compact than the more significant Defender 90.
Basically, Land Rover Defender 80 will ride on a totally different platform than the regular one. From the latest information, the new SUV should share underpinnings with the Harrier, a small SUV sold by Jaguar’s parent company, Tata. We expect a starting price of around $30,000, which is in line with upcoming models such as Ford Bronco and the current Jeep Wrangler.
2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Exterior Design and Trims
The new 2023 Land Rover Defender 80 looks more rugged than the regular one. Moreover, styling is still boxy with smaller proportions. The manufacturer used 80 on because there are more giant Defender models that come in two-door and wears 90 and four-door 110 numbers. Like the regular model, the new one will be offered in trims Base, S, SE, HSE.
No matter which trim you choose, you should get a fantastic styling and excellent off-road capability. According to the manufacturer, Defender 80 will use an all- or four-wheel drive system as standard equipment. Also, it comes with higher ground clearance and generous approach, break-over, and departure angles.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
There is no much information regarding the interior design of 2023 Land Rover Defender 80. Exact interior details have not been revealed yet. However, we managed to dig some info. The four-door body SUV will be offered with two rows of seats and enough room for four adults. However, we don’t know how much space will be available on the back for gear and luggage.
The higher trims will most likely offer leather upholstery, heated ventilated seats, dual-zone climate control, and adjustable ambient interior lighting. Land Rover’s new Pivi Pro infotainment system that is the first time introduced on the regular Defender, should also be a standard. This system uses a 10.0-inch touchscreen that is compatible with an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Powertrain Specs
Right now, we’re not sure yet which engines will power the new 2023 Land Rover Defender 80. Most likely that this SUV would use the same powertrain as Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque models. Both models are available with a 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 246-hp.
However, the next possibility is that it might use a turbocharged three-cylinder engine or some sort of electrification, like plug-in hybrid setup. Undoubtedly, all- or four-wheel-drive system will be standard. From the information that is available right now, the Land Rover Defender 80 could also get an air suspension that adjusts ground clearance and a choice of off-road driving modes. However, fuel economy ratings will not be available until closer on-sale date. With three- or four-cylinder power, the new model should deliver decent fuel economy.
How Much Will the 2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Cost?
The all-new model Land Rover Defender 80 will join the battle of the best compact SUV in the segment. According to the manufacturer, this model will be available sometime in 2022 as a 2023YM. As we mentioned, the upcoming Defender 80 will be available in a few trims. The entry-level model will cost $30,000, while S $35,000 (est.), SE $40,000, and the most equipped HSE: $45,000.