Land Rover Claims 2020 Defender Interior Image Is ‘Old’, Yet Threatens Legal Action

Not long after an image showing the interior of the all-new, 2020 Land Rover Defender

The image was shared by Twitter user rcdesignsuk, and while it looked like the real deal from the outset, it was difficult to know for sure. However, Land Rover communications and PR director Richard Agnew confirmed that it was real by tweeting back and threatening legal action against the original poster.

“How about you now remove this image that you’ve publicly stated you shouldn’t post. Legal team are on the way,” Agnew’s tweet stated.

With that, we know that this is a real image of the new Defender’s interior and that the company isn’t happy at all with the leak.

While discussing the photo with Jalopnik, Land Rover confirmed that the release of the image wasn’t part of a PR operation and that it is an “older out-of-date internal photo.” With that in mind, it’s possible that the production model’s cabin won’t look exactly like this, but in all likelihood, it should be pretty close. Unless JLR is sandbagging and this is the real thing.

Key interior highlights revealed in the leaked image are a four-spoke steering wheel with a Defender badge, a digital instrument cluster, and a large horizontal touchscreen to control the infotainment functions. As a whole, it combines the utilitarian character of the Defender nicely with the new technologies expected by customers nowadays.

Beyond the cabin, we know that the new Defender will be based on JLR’s MLA architecture and, like its predecessor, will be sold both as a short-wheelbase 90 and long-wheelbase 110, while a pickup truck variant is also possible.

Land Rover should reveal the new Defender before the end of the year, with sales expected to commence in early 2020.

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  • designer_dick

    They’re claiming that it’s ‘old’ because of the overwhelmingly negative reaction, but threatening legal action against the original poster proves that it’s the real deal.

    • Knotmyrealname

      I thought it looked like the photo was taken from a full sized mock-up model. Hence it could be ‘old’, as in it has since been redesigned.

      • designer_dick

        I don’t think they would have threatened legal action against the original poster had that been the case. I’m not in love with the design, but I don’t hate it, so, to me at least, it seems that the negative reaction is probably based more on the insipid, beige/grey colourscheme (seriously, what colour IS that?) than anything to do with the design itself.

        I’m sure it would have had a warmer reception if the plastics had been a darker grey or black.

  • ZYGIUS

    Sad, I really like it

  • StrangerGP

    It’s a totally believable interior, Defender isn’t supposed to be another luxurious Land Rover filled with several big touch screens.

    • Maher

      Yeah but it’s not supposed to be covered with nothing but hard plastic.

  • ErnieB

    Some feelings were hurt.. boohoo

  • Maher

    Let’s hope it’s indeed old, as it looks like crap imo. It looks like a minivan fitted with few gadgets.

  • TheBelltower

    Precisely not how a brand should handle this. Tweeting that lawyers are “on the way” to fight your battles over something like this is a really wimpy, shrimp-d!cked thing to do. JLR is run so badly.

  • brn

    Well, people posting things that belong to others is illegal. I’m surprised we don’t see this more often. Perhaps, it’s just a lot of cease and desist letters behind the scenes.

  • GREAT, ANOTHER TWITTER WAR.

  • Mr. EP9

    Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve seen people being threatened with legal action on Twitter.

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