This is probably the first image of the new Land Rover Defender’s interior, which was leaked on social media months before we’re supposed to see it.
The image was posted online by Twitter user rcdesignsuk and it looks like the real deal, featuring a digital instrument display and a wide infotainment touchscreen. The four-spoke steering wheel features a Defender badge, while the aluminum pedals feature ‘stop’ and ‘go’ to them.
The dashboard appears to retain the utilitarian character of the original without looking crude, mixing durable plastic with materials like metal and leather. The automatic transmission features JLR’s widely used gear selector that’s mounted high on the dashboard.
So far we’ve seen images of heavily camouflaged Defender prototypes only, with Land Rover working on both a short-wheelbase 90 version and a long-wheelbase 110 version. Reports suggest that Land Rover is planning a whole range of bodystyles for the new Defender, including a pickup truck.
The new Defender is going to be based on JLR’s new MLA platform, which is expected to be fitted on most of the British manufacturer’s models by 2025.
Land Rover is expected to reveal the new Defender towards the end of the year, with sales set to start early in 2020 with a range of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.