2025 Defender Update: Captain's Chairs Now Available in Defender 130

2025 Defender Update: Captain's Chairs Now Available in Defender 130

We’re thrilled to share the latest updates for the 2025 Land Rover Defender, packed with new features and tweaks that make this iconic vehicle even more versatile and family-friendly.

One of the biggest updates is the addition of second-row captain’s chairs in the Defender 130, transforming it into an even more appealing option for families. When the Defender 130 was first introduced, its extended length and eight-seat setup made it a strong competitor against other family SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition, and Toyota Sequoia. While the full-size third row was a huge plus, it lacked the second-row captain’s chairs that these other vehicles offered—a key feature for many families.

For 2025, Land Rover has listened to customer feedback and introduced these sought-after captain’s chairs in the Defender 130. These two comfy bucket seats come with dial-adjustable inboard armrests borrowed from the Range Rover, offering easy access to the third row. While this change reduces the seating capacity to seven, it greatly enhances convenience and comfort, making it more family-friendly than ever. Plus, the new Signature Interior Pack brings winged headrests to the first and second rows, adding an extra touch of luxury.

The 2025 model year also brings some streamlined trim levels and accessory packs. The V8 Carpathian Edition, known for its visual upgrades, has been discontinued. Now, the Defender 90 and 110 models are available in S, X-Dynamic SE, X (110 and 130 only), and V8 trims. The five-seater overland-ready Outbound trim is back on the 130 this year. Most of the popular accessory packs (Adventure, County, Urban) are now combined with the Black Pack option, making it easier to customize your Defender just the way you like it.

There are also some fresh interior options. The light tan Acorn color has been replaced with a new whiter shade called Light Cloud. Khaki, a long-time favorite in the Resist textile line, is now available on every model. And for those who loved the classic Vintage Tan in Windsor Leather, it’s now been updated to a similar color called Caraway from the Range Rover lineup.

The center console finishers have also been updated. Previously available in various wood tones, they now come with textile coverings that match the seating options, tying the interior color scheme together beautifully.

While the exterior colors remain the same, continuing the theme from previous years, the palette still includes the original 2020 colors like Tasman Blue, Pangea Green, Gondwana Stone, Fuji White, Santorini Black, Carpathian Grey, and Silicon Silver. However, Sedona Red, previously exclusive to the Defender 130, will be available for one year only in a special Sedona Edition Defender 110. Details on this special edition are limited for the North American market at the moment.

As we move into the sixth model year, the Defender has truly found its place in both the off-road and family SUV markets. Much like the Discovery in the 1990s, it’s a purpose-built 4x4 that families love. Land Rover continues to evolve its offerings to meet market demands without compromising the rugged engineering that makes the Defender such a standout vehicle.

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