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Jalopnik, Land Rover confirmed that the release of the image wasn’t part of a PR operation and that it is an “older out-of-date internal photo.”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.