Surprising Land Rover Improvements for 2023 Model Year

Land Rover Model Year Changes

Land Rover Improvements for the 2023 Model Year include a new Defender variant with three full rows of seats, a new plug-in hybrid powertrain for Range Rover and much more…

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Defender

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Defender 130 8-passenger
2023 Land Rover Defender 130 courtesy Land Rover Media Newsroom

A new Defender 130 includes three full rows of seats and an eight-passenger capacity. Starting at $69475 for the Defender 130 S utilizes the same 118.9-inch wheelbase as the 110, but with a 13.4-inch longer body. The base engine is not the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, but a detuned version of the 3.0-liter turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid; with 296 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque, it confusingly is also called “P300,” since it shares the same horsepower as the smaller engine, but with more torque. The Defender 130 doesn’t offer a V8.

The air suspension with adaptive shock absorbers, optional on 90 and 110, is standard on 130. Four-zone air conditioning is exclusively offered on the 130.

On the 130, automatic high beam assist is standard.

The base model of the 90 is discontinued, leaving the S as the entry-level, priced at $56575. The X-Dynamic S with the 395-horsepower 6-cylinder is eliminated, but a new SE with the same engine is introduced. The Defender 90 and 110 X-Dynamic HSE are also discontinued. The 110 XS is discontinued.

A 75th Anniversary Edition celebrates the beginning of the Land Rover brand.

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Discovery

2023 Land Rover Improvements: Discovery stock photo
2023 Land Rover Discovery stock photo

A new peak-level trim, the Metropolitan Edition, is fully equipped, including P360 355-horsepower 6-cylinder turbo/supercharged hybrid, a heads-up display, 22-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, and heated seats for front, middle and third-row seats.

Twenty-inch wheels, a wireless phone charger, a premium sound system, adaptive cruise control, three-zone air conditioning, and heated front seats are now standard.

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Discovery Sport

2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport stock photo
2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport stock photo

Adaptive cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, Wireless AppleCarPlay, and Android Auto are now standard.

3D Surround View Camera is no longer offered.

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Range Rover

Sold alongside the New Range Rover for 2022, the previous generation flagship is discontinued.

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: New Range Rover

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: New Range Rover standard wheelbase
2023 Land Rover New Range Rover stock photo

All-new for 2022, the Range Rover is now offered with a P440e plug-in hybrid variant with an estimated 48 miles of all-electric range, and a combined 343 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the previous Range Rover plug-in, the P440e utilizes Land Rover’s new 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder that is both turbocharged and supercharged, over the previous 2.0 4-cylinder turbo.

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Range Rover Evoque stock photo
2023 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque stock photo

Amazon Alexa is now standard in the Range Rover Evoque infotainment system. Adaptive cruise control is now standard.

Ventilated front seats are no longer offered.

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Range Rover Sport

2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport at 2022 LA Auto Show
2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport at 2022 LA Auto Show

The Range Rover Sport is almost completely new for 2023.  The clearest visual indicators are the flush door handles, but all of the sheet metal, the grille, bumpers, headlights, and taillights are all new. The wheelbase is now 118 inches, almost three inches longer. Overall length is 2.6 inches longer, at 194.7. The New Range Rover Sport is on the same platform as the New Range Rover short-wheelbase.

The P355 and P400 powertrains remain unchanged, with 355 and 395 horsepower, respectively. An 8-speed automatic, standard 1-speed transfer case all-wheel drive, and an optional 2-speed transfer case with a 2.93:1 reduction gear low gear, are all unchanged.

The P440e marks the return of a plug-in hybrid powertrain, this time based on the 3.0-liter turbo and supercharged 6-cylinder.

The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the Ford era is replaced by a BMW 4.4 twin-turbocharged V8. This results in the replacement of the P575 and SVR models with the P530 First Edition. The P530 produces 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

The “Sport” name makes more sense, now; as the New Range Rover offers a long-wheelbase model with three seating rows, the New Range Rover Sport is now strictly a 5-seat vehicle.

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Range Rover Velar

Land Rover Improvements for 2023: Silver Range Rover Velar
2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar stock photo

A new R-Dynamic HST becomes the top of the line, with a heated suede steering wheel, ebony suede headliner, leather/suede seats, air suspension with adaptive shocks, heads-up display, 21-inch wheels, and the 395-horsepower 6-cylinder, all standard. The R-Dynamic Black Pack is also standard, with black wheels, trim, and badges. The HST is the only path to the 396-horsepower motor.

3D Surround Camera, Park Assist (automated parking), massaging front seats, four-zone climate control, and 20-way power seats are no longer available.

 

 

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