2023 Land Rover Defender 80

Land Rover is preparing the junior Defender 80, a smaller and more affordable entry point into its most adventurous SUV line, to complement the recently redesigned Defender mid-size SUV. The Defender 80, on the other hand, is unlikely to be based on a scaled-down version of the larger Defender platform. Instead, it will most likely be based on the Harrier, a small SUV sold by Jaguar-Land Rover's parent company, Tata.

2023 Land Rover Defender 80

Why is it called 80? The name is speculative, but it makes sense given that the larger Defender is available in two-door 90 and four-door 110 trims. We anticipate a starting price of around $30,000, allowing the base model to compete with the upcoming Ford Bronco and the current Jeep Wrangler. The SE and HSE trim levels could compete with luxury subcompact SUVs like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Volvo XC40.

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Price

The Land Rover Defender 80 will, in essence, be built on a completely different foundation than the standard Defender. The new SUV, according to the latest reports, will be based on the Harrier, a compact SUV marketed by Jaguar's parent company Tata. The starting price is expected to be around $30,000, which is comparable to the current Jeep Wrangler and the new Ford Bronco.

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Engine

2023 Land Rover Defender 80

We don't know which engines will be found under the hood of the Defender 80 yet. Land Rover's 246-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder engine, found in the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, would be a good bet; a turbocharged three-cylinder engine is another possibility, and, as the auto industry moves toward greater electrification, a plug-in hybrid setup could be offered. An all-wheel drive system will undoubtedly be standard, and it's possible that a slew of other off-road tech features, such as an air suspension that adjusts ground clearance and a selection of off-road driving modes, will make the cut.

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Fuel

The EPA hasn't released any information on the Defender 80's fuel economy ratings, and it's unlikely that it will until the SUV goes on sale. Despite its expected boxy styling, the Defender 80 should deliver decent fuel economy with three- or four-cylinder power and a relatively small overall package.

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Interior

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Interior

The interior of the Defender 80 has not been revealed, but we expect it to be built in a four-door body style with room for four adults and enough space in the back for gear and luggage. Given the Defender 80's target market, we could see at least one model with a carpet-free interior for easy cleanup after a day of hiking, as well as stain-resistant upholstery for easy cleanup. High-end models are likely to have leather upholstery and luxury features like heated and ventilated seats, dual-zone climate control, and adjustable ambient interior lighting.

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Infotainment 

Land Rover's new Pivi Pro infotainment system, which debuted on the regular Defender, should be standard on the smaller Defender 80 as well. This system, which is displayed on a 10.0-inch touchscreen, is the most recent technology from Jaguar-Land Rover and can handle over-the-air software updates. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are built into the software, and in-dash navigation and an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot should be available as options.

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Safety 

Land Rover Defender

We anticipate that a slew of driver-assistance features will be standard, with more advanced technology available as an option. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites for more information on the Defender 80's crash-test results. The following are likely to be key safety features:

Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is standard.

Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is available.

Adaptive cruise control is available.

2023 Land Rover Defender 80 Warranty 

All other Land Rover models come with a fairly basic standard warranty package, and we anticipate that the Defender 80 will do the same. Key competitors, such as the Volvo XC40 and the Jaguar E-Pace, provide more value in the form of complimentary scheduled maintenance plans that last three and five years, respectively.

The limited warranty lasts four years or 50,000 miles.

The powertrain warranty is valid for four years or 50,000 miles.

There is no free scheduled maintenance.